Houston, We Have a Problem! Body Piercing Complications

Houston, We Have a Problem! Body Piercing Complications

In everything that you do, there will always be a chance that something might go wrong. It applies to first dates, a new job and of course, getting an awesome piercing. Yes, body piercings get nasty complications too, but they can be remedied by prevention and cure. Remember, there really is no problem that can’t be solved.
From obsessive cleaning to unhealthy hygiene, these can be the usual culprits for piercing complications. Mentioned below are the common problems afflicting piercing enthusiasts, their prevention, and their treatment.

Trauma

Let’s face it. There may be a time where your ear jewelry can get caught or be torn out accidentally. Pain and a lot of bleeding may ensue but don’t worry, this can be prevented most of the time. You can start by wearing studs to reduce the chance of getting caught on anything. Dangling jewelry should be avoided when engaging in a lively activity. But if it does turn for the worse, don’t panic, stop the bleeding by pressing on the site with a cloth. Get to the nearest hospital and let them stitch you up.

Allergic Reactions

Many of you piercing lovers may not be aware but some of you may fall victim to metal hypersensitivity. This is where your piercing will get itchy, turn red or form abscess after a few hours to days. The piercer should also hold partial responsibility because he will need to ask you if you have previous allergies to piercing jewelry or have a reaction to metal backs or belt buckles. For jewelry, avoid nickel and use only bio-compatible ones. Nickel-free, 316L surgical steel and Solid-grade Titanium are the best choices. But if an allergic reaction cannot be avoided, remove it and take anti-histamine medicine such as Benedryl and keep a close eye on the site.

Choosing the type of metal your body jewelry is made out of is a big factor in avoiding allergic reactions, so be sure to pay attention to the label and description and always err of the side of caution and stick to 316L surgical steel, gold, or titanium when possible.

 

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Definitely a don’t during the healing process: highly acidic foods such as lemons should be avoided during the initial healing period.

Migration

This is about the movement of your piercing from its original place. Time (the length of time you have the piercing) and weight may be the causes. You can never actually know that your jewelry is migrating until its too late. This is really not a medical problem but this affects the aesthetics of piercing and tends to make the piercing more prone to infections and irritation. To prevent this, use light weight jewelry, particularly titanium or PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene), that is also bio-compatible.

There are certain piercings that are more prone to migration, such as surface piercings and eyebrow piercings, so being aware of the risks at the time of piercing and taking proper preventative measures can help preserve the life span of your piercing.

Keloid Scarring

For some of us, developing scarring around the piercing site is more of a risk than others. Every person heals differently and while the same person can have perfectly healed piercing in one area, another are may develop thick scarring, or keloids.  It’s not really life-threatening but it does have an impact on the “looks” of it. Skin heals differently each time it goes through the healing process and keloid formation can differ by the pacing, form and thickness. Keloid scars can be prevented by hot water-soaks, compresses, and coconut oil once the initial healing has begun, however tea tree oil is the most widely recommended keloid treatment. If you are very prone to developing keloids and thick, dense scarring, trying a dermal transplant over a body piercing may be the best option. For the very, very prone, avoiding piercings and body modifications may be the best remedy, unfortunately.

 

While some scarring can be deliberate, Keloids are most certainly one of most common challenges in piercing healing.

While some scarring can be deliberate, Keloids are most certainly one of most common challenges in piercing healing.

 

Skin Infections

These are the most common complication with body piercing. Usually, boils and abscesses are caused by harmful bacteria that invaded the tissue. Infections like these can cause fever, chills and nausea. The threat here is that it may rupture and spread throughout the body, making it difficult to handle. Clean your piercing with saline solution regularly, but be sure not to overdo it. But if you’re already experiencing this, clean it carefully and go to the nearest hospital to get your prescription antibiotics.

 

Yes like all good things, there are risks in having body piercings but knowing how to prevent them can give a big help. Don’t forget to air out your concerns to your piercer. They arethere to help you and provide you with tips, recommendations and advice to help you heal your body piercing to it’s full capacity. To give you a head start, check out some of our nickel free, problem free suggestions below? This should help you to lead a complication-free piercing life. Always remember, prevention is better than cure so if you notice signs of any of the above, act quickly and consult your piercer or doctor.

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