Body Piercing Problems – Health Information Library (2023)

  1. Body Piercing Problem

Overview

Body piercing is very popular. Many areas of the body are used for piercing.

The ears are the most common piercing site. Most of the time, an earlobe piercing heals without any problems. Piercing other areas of the ear usually involves piercing the cartilage that gives the ear shape. Piercing ear cartilage creates a wound that is harder to clean, takes longer to heal, and is more likely to become infected than earlobe piercing.

Other popular sites include the lips, tongue, nose, eyebrow, navel, nipples, and genital area. Each body piercing site has its own normal healing time and its own set of possible problems. Careful aftercare at home can help speed healing of the wound and prevent problems. At first, a body piercing site may be slightly swollen. A small amount of blood or fluid may drain from the site.

Common problems that develop from body piercing include:

  • Infection of the site.
    • Infection of the lips or tongue may cause speech, chewing, or swallowing problems or swelling that can block the throat.
    • Infection of a nipple can cause an abscess and scar the breast tissue.
    • The infection could be serious or life-threatening and involve the entire body (systemic).
  • Splitting or tearing of the skin, which may cause scar tissue to form.
  • Problems with the type of jewelry used, including allergies to a metal. Make sure to use the type of jewelry designed for your piercing site. Use only nonallergenic jewelry.
  • Other problems caused by the jewelry.
    • Jewelry in the lips or tongue can cause chipping or cracking of the teeth, gum problems, and trouble chewing or swallowing. Jewelry can also become loose and be swallowed.
    • Jewelry in the navel can get caught on clothing and linens. This constant irritation can delay healing. Navel piercings can take up to a year to heal completely.
    • Jewelry in the genital area may cause injury to you or your sex partner. It also can cause condom breakage. Piercings in the penis can change the urine flow, cause recurring genital warts, and result in erection problems.
  • Damage to blood vessels or nerves under the skin.
  • Scarring of the piercing site.

If a sterile technique isn't used, there's a chance of spreading diseases, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or tetanus. Blood infections (sepsis) can occur if a sterile technique isn't used.

You can reverse a body piercing fairly easily by removing the jewelry. This allows the hole to close.

Check Your Symptoms

Do you have a concern about a body piercing?

Yes

Body piercing concern

No

Body piercing concern

How old are you?

Less than 12 years

Less than 12 years

12 years or older

12 years or older

Are you male or female?

Male

Male

Female

Female

The medical assessment of symptoms is based on the body parts you have.

  • If you are transgender or nonbinary, choose the sex that matches the body parts (such as ovaries, testes, prostate, breasts, penis, or vagina) you now have in the area where you are having symptoms.
  • If your symptoms aren’t related to those organs, you can choose the gender you identify with.
  • If you have some organs of both sexes, you may need to go through this triage tool twice (once as "male" and once as "female"). This will make sure that the tool asks the right questions for you.

Could you be having a severe allergic reaction?

This is more likely if you have had a bad reaction to something in the past.

Yes

Possible severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)

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No

Possible severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)

Are there any hives?

Hives are raised, red, itchy patches of skin. They usually have red borders and pale centers. They may seem to move from place to place on the skin.

Yes

Hives

No

Hives

Are there any symptoms of infection?

Yes

Symptoms of infection

No

Symptoms of infection

Do you think you may have a fever?

Yes

Possible fever

No

Possible fever

Are there red streaks leading away from the area or pus draining from it?

Yes

Red streaks or pus

No

Red streaks or pus

Do you have diabetes, a weakened immune system, peripheral arterial disease, or any surgical hardware in the area?

"Hardware" includes things like artificial joints, plates or screws, catheters, and medicine pumps.

Yes

Diabetes, immune problems, peripheral arterial disease, or surgical hardware in affected area

No

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Diabetes, immune problems, peripheral arterial disease, or surgical hardware in affected area

Is there any swelling near the piercing?

Yes

Swelling at piercing site

No

Swelling at piercing site

Is the swelling severe and rapid?

Severe swelling may cut off blood flow and make the area below the piercing cool or painful.

Yes

Severe, rapid swelling near piercing site

No

Severe, rapid swelling near piercing site

Is the swelling over a joint, such as the ankle, elbow, or hip?

Yes

Swelling is over a joint

No

Swelling is over a joint

Have you had symptoms of an infectious illness in the several months since you had the body piercing?

Yes

Symptoms of infectious illness

No

Symptoms of infectious illness

Do you think you may need a tetanus shot?

Yes

May need tetanus shot

No

May need tetanus shot

Is there any bleeding at the piercing site that has not slowed or stopped after 15 minutes of steady pressure?

Yes

Bleeding at piercing site

No

Bleeding at piercing site

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Have you had any other problems with the piercing for more than 2 weeks?

Yes

Body piercing problem for more than 2 weeks

No

Body piercing problem for more than 2 weeks

Many things can affect how your body responds to a symptom and what kind of care you may need. These include:

  • Your age. Babies and older adults tend to get sicker quicker.
  • Your overall health. If you have a condition such as diabetes, HIV, cancer, or heart disease, you may need to pay closer attention to certain symptoms and seek care sooner.
  • Medicines you take. Certain medicines, such as blood thinners (anticoagulants), medicines that suppress the immune system like steroids or chemotherapy, herbal remedies, or supplements can cause symptoms or make them worse.
  • Recent health events, such as surgery or injury. These kinds of events can cause symptoms afterwards or make them more serious.
  • Your health habits and lifestyle, such as eating and exercise habits, smoking, alcohol or drug use, sexual history, and travel.

Try Home Treatment

You have answered all the questions. Based on your answers, you may be able to take care of this problem at home.

  • Try home treatment to relieve the symptoms.
  • Call your doctor if symptoms get worse or you have any concerns (for example, if symptoms are not getting better as you would expect). You may need care sooner.

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Usually found in dirt and soil, tetanus bacteria typically enter the body through a wound. Wounds may include a bite, a cut, a puncture, a burn, a scrape, insect bites, or any injury that may cause broken skin.

You may need a tetanus shot depending on how dirty the wound is and how long it has been since your last shot.

  • For a dirty wound that has things like dirt, saliva, or feces in it, you may need a shot if:
    • You haven't had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years.
    • You don't know when your last shot was.
  • For a clean wound, you may need a shot if:
    • You have not had a tetanus shot in the past 10 years.
    • You don't know when your last shot was.

Symptoms of infection may include:

  • Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in or around the area.
  • Red streaks leading from the area.
  • Pus draining from the area.
  • A fever.

Certain health conditions and medicines weaken the immune system's ability to fight off infection and illness. Some examples in adults are:

  • Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Long-term alcohol and drug problems.
  • Steroid medicines, which may be used to treat a variety of conditions.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer.
  • Other medicines used to treat autoimmune disease.
  • Medicines taken after organ transplant.
  • Not having a spleen.

Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may include:

  • The sudden appearance of raised, red areas (hives) all over the body.
  • Rapid swelling of the throat, mouth, or tongue.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Passing out (losing consciousness). Or you may feel very lightheaded or suddenly feel weak, confused, or restless.

A severe reaction can be life-threatening. If you have had a bad allergic reaction to a substance before and are exposed to it again, treat any symptoms as an emergency. Even if the symptoms are mild at first, they may quickly become very severe.

If proper technique and clean instruments are not used, there is a chance of getting an infectious disease when you get a tattoo or body piercing.

Symptoms of an infectious illness may include:

  • An overall feeling of tiredness and lack of energy.
  • Dark urine or light-colored stool.
  • A new yellow tint to the skin or the whites of the eyes (jaundice).
  • Muscle or joint pain that lasts a long time.
  • Belly pain.
  • Fever.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

Seek Care Today

Based on your answers, you may need care soon. The problem probably will not get better without medical care.

  • Call your doctor today to discuss the symptoms and arrange for care.
  • If you cannot reach your doctor or you don't have one, seek care today.
  • If it is evening, watch the symptoms and seek care in the morning.
  • If the symptoms get worse, seek care sooner.

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Seek Care Now

Based on your answers, you may need care right away. The problem is likely to get worse without medical care.

  • Call your doctor now to discuss the symptoms and arrange for care.
  • If you cannot reach your doctor or you don't have one, seek care in the next hour.
  • You do not need to call an ambulance unless:
    • You cannot travel safely either by driving yourself or by having someone else drive you.
    • You are in an area where heavy traffic or other problems may slow you down.

Call 911 Now

Based on your answers, you need emergency care.

Call 911 or other emergency services now.

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Sometimes people don't want to call 911. They may think that their symptoms aren't serious or that they can just get someone else to drive them. Or they might be concerned about the cost. But based on your answers, the safest and quickest way for you to get the care you need is to call 911 for medical transport to the hospital.

Make an Appointment

Based on your answers, the problem may not improve without medical care.

  • Make an appointment to see your doctor in the next 1 to 2 weeks.
  • If appropriate, try home treatment while you are waiting for the appointment.
  • If symptoms get worse or you have any concerns, call your doctor. You may need care sooner.

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Self-Care

Careful aftercare of your body piercing can help prevent problems and promote healing. If you received written instructions from the person who did the body piercing, follow those instructions carefully. If you didn't get instructions for care of the piercing site, try using these.

  • Stop any bleeding.

    Do this by applying direct pressure to the piercing site.

  • Apply a cold pack.

    This can help reduce swelling or bruising. Never apply ice directly to the skin. This can cause tissue damage. Put a layer of fabric or a cloth towel between the cold pack and the skin.

  • Keep the wound clean.

    Clean the area 2 times a day with a mild soap and water, gently removing any buildup on the jewelry. Wipe away any moisture around the jewelry.

  • Elevate the piercing area, if you can.

    This will help reduce swelling.

  • Take extra care with a mouth or tongue piercing.
    • Use an antiseptic (alcohol-free) mouthwash to rinse your mouth 3 or 4 times a day.
    • Use ice chips or cool liquids to help reduce swelling and pain.
    • Avoid smoking, and don't drink alcohol or eat spicy foods until a mouth or tongue piercing site is fully healed.
  • Avoid tight clothing over the piercing area.

    Tight clothing may irritate the piercing site. If irritation develops, it is best to bandage the site. Piercing sites usually will heal well with or without a bandage.

  • Don't remove the jewelry if the piercing site is red or may be infected.

    A little bleeding, swelling, or redness is normal after a piercing. As it heals, if you notice new redness in the area, you can treat it with warm compresses and an antibacterial ointment. But if it isn't better in 5 to 7 days, it could be infected.

    Symptoms of an infection may include fever and chills, increased pain, swelling, warmth or redness, or pus draining from the area. An infection can be serious.

How fast the wound heals depends on the piercing site. The wound may take 4 to 6 weeks or longer to heal. Some sites may take up to a year to heal fully.

How long it takes to heal

Each body piercing site has its own normal healing time. Common sites usually heal within the time frames listed below. Healing depends on many things. It can depend on how big the piercing is and how thick the tissue is at the site. Your own ability to heal can also affect healing time.

Piercing site healing times

Piercing site

Healing time

Ear cartilage (curve of ear)

2 to 4 months

Nostril (nose)

2 to 8 months

Face (includes the earlobes, eyebrows, and lips)

6 to 8 weeks

Inside of the mouth or tongue

3 to 6 weeks

Nipple

6 to 12 months

Genitals (clitoral hood, labia, and penis)

6 to 12 months

Belly button (navel)

Up to 9 months

A piercing may not heal as fast if it gets infected or irritated or if scar tissue forms. You may need to see your doctor if your piercing does not seem to be healing.

Safe jewelry choices

Not all jewelry is appropriate for body piercing. Choose jewelry for body piercing sites that:

  • Is removable.
    • If you have your mouth pierced and you use oral jewelry, make sure it can be removed. For example, you should be able to unscrew the ball on one end of a barbell-shaped device to make the device easy to insert and take out.
  • Allows for full cleaning of the piercing site.
    • Ear studs or other jewelry designed for the ears are not appropriate for other body sites. Other body sites are hard to clean or may easily tear or snag if you use jewelry designed for the ear in them.
  • Is smoothly polished, free of nicks, scratches, or jagged surfaces that might damage the skin.
    • The back of an earring can pinch and damage tissue when used in places other than the earlobe. Backs of earrings are not smooth enough to prevent skin and tissue damage.
  • Is the right thickness for the body site being pierced.
    • Jewelry that is too thin can tear right through the skin. The thickness of the average ear stud is too small for most other body piercing sites.
    • Jewelry that is too thick for the site can cause an abscess, a cyst, or scar tissue formation.
    • Jewelry that is too large can easily catch on clothing.
    • Jewelry that is too small can be absorbed into the body tissues.
  • Is made from metals that do not cause allergic reactions.
    • Only use nonallergenic jewelry, such as surgical steel, gold, or titanium, in a new piercing. Do not use nickel or brass-plated jewelry.
  • Is sterilized before it is put into the piercing site.
    • Choose jewelry that has not been used or worn or that has been sterilized.

When to call for help during self-care

Call a doctor if any of the following occur during self-care at home:

  • New or worse signs of an allergic reaction, such as swelling, hives, itching, vomiting, or trouble breathing.
  • New or worse signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, swelling, pus, or a fever.
  • Symptoms occur more often or are more severe.

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Over-the-counter medicines

  • Acetaminophen
  • Aspirin for Pain, Fever, and Inflammation
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

More self-care

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Preparing For Your Appointment

You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared for your appointment.

  • Making the Most of Your Appointment

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Current as of: August 2, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor MD - Emergency Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine

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Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor MD - Emergency Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine

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  • Preparing For Your Appointment
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FAQs

What health risks are associated with a body piercing? ›

Any type of piercing poses a risk of complications, including:
  • Allergic reactions. Some piercing jewelry — particularly pieces made of nickel — can cause allergic reactions.
  • Oral complications. ...
  • Skin infections. ...
  • Other skin problems. ...
  • Bloodborne diseases. ...
  • Tearing or trauma.

What is the most common piercing problem? ›

Complications of body piercing include local and systemic infections, poor cosmesis, and foreign body rejection. Swelling and tooth fracture are common problems after tongue piercing. Minor infections, allergic contact dermatitis, keloid formation, and traumatic tearing may occur after piercing of the earlobe.

What is sepsis piercing? ›

Tattoos and body piercings provide an opening in the skin that may allow germs to enter your body and cause infections. These infections could cause sepsis. It is for this reason that anyone who receives a tattoo or piercing must take special care to reduce the risk of contracting an infection.

Are body piercings toxic? ›

Metals such as lead can be very dangerous to use as piercing jewellery because of the risk of lead poisoning, especially for young children. Lead poisoning can affect mental and physical development in children, and at very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.

What are 3 risks to getting a body piercing? ›

These can include:
  • scarring.
  • rejection (where the body pushes a piercing out)
  • embedding (where skin grows over the piercing)
  • tearing.
  • nerve damage.
  • excessive bleeding.

Can piercings cause toxic shock syndrome? ›

Risks from piercings

An abscess (build-up of pus) may form around the piercing site which, if left untreated, may need to be surgically drained and can leave a scar. In rare cases, an infection could lead to blood poisoning (sepsis) or toxic shock syndrome, which can be very serious.

Why do some people's bodies reject piercings? ›

Rejection occurs when skin tissues expand in the dermis until the jewelry is completely pushed out. Although it's common with anchor displacement, your body may simply register it as an unwelcome foreign object and reject it. Tissue damage.

What piercings have a high rejection rate? ›

Surface piercings have the highest rejection rate. Surface piercings such as microdermals as well as eyebrow piercings and navel piercings reject the most because they are closest to the surface of the skin.

What piercings are prone to rejection? ›

Surface piercings such as eyebrows, neck, nipple and wrist tend to be rejected more easily than other piercings. That's because they do not travel directly through the body, but rather along an area of skin because the jewellery is puncturing only a small amount of the skin's surface.

Can piercings cause endocarditis? ›

Conclusions: Infective endocarditis may be a complication of body piercing and has been observed in patients with heart lesions as well as in previous healthy people. Infective endocarditis can follow body piercing involving either mucous membranes or the skin.

What bacteria causes piercing infections? ›

Most infected ear piercings are caused by a bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and so you need an antibiotic that covers this bacteria, such as ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin.

How do you know if your piercing is septic? ›

Check if you have an infected piercing

Your piercing might be infected if: the area around it is swollen, painful, hot, very red or dark (depending on your skin colour) there's blood or pus coming out of it – pus can be white, green or yellow. you feel hot or shivery or generally unwell.

Do piercings block energy? ›

Piercings can interrupt the flow of energy, especially along the middle meridian, where the navel is located. A piecing in one of the energy lines can weaken an entire organ or system. Others believe that metal disturbs the energy flow.

Do piercings affect your chakras? ›

Placing a piercing permanently will also affect the chakra and its energy flow. Acupuncture in general is a form of alternative medicine that can be a great way of channeling meridians of energy.

Do piercings affect chi? ›

There are two issues with piercings. The first is that the scar tissue may interfere with the flow of qi along the acupuncture meridians. Scar tissue conducts qi or electro-magnetic energy differently from normal body tissue.

Which piercing gets infected most? ›

Of all the body sites commonly pierced, the navel is the most likely to become infected because of its shape. Infections can often be treated with good skin hygiene and antibiotic medications. With this type of infection, jewelry generally does not have to be taken out.

Why do people with trauma get piercings? ›

Now, according to a new study published in BMC Psychology, tattoos and piercings might be more common among people who endured child abuse and neglect — serving as a “means of coping with previous adversity and be an expression of autonomy.”

How common are piercing infections? ›

Even with proper care, about 20% of earlobe piercings become infected and 30% of cartilage piercings become infected. Most commonly, an infected ear piercing is caused by bacteria entering the wound, which can happen in several ways.

How do you know if you're experiencing toxic shock? ›

The symptoms of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) start suddenly and get worse quickly. They include: a high temperature. flu-like symptoms, such as a headache, feeling cold, feeling tired or exhausted, an aching body, a sore throat and a cough.

Can you get hep B from piercing? ›

Unless you are vaccinated against hepatitis B, you are at risk for HBV if you are tattooed or pierced under unsterile conditions.

How long does it take for toxic shock symptoms to start? ›

In general, TSS symptoms can develop as soon as 12 hours after a surgical procedure. Symptoms usually develop in 3 to 5 days in individuals who are menstruating and using tampons or menstrual cups.

Can your body reject a piercing After years? ›

A piercing can start to be rejected within a week of getting it done, but it can also happen months or years after you think the area has healed. If you hit the piercing hard enough the body may register it as a threat and start to push it out.

What does body piercing symbolize? ›

Some people pierce for religious or spiritual reasons, while others pierce for self-expression, for aesthetic value, for sexual pleasure, to conform to their culture or to rebel against it. Some forms of piercing remain controversial, particularly when applied to youth.

Why do piercings smell? ›

Dead cells mix with sebum to create an awful smell. Sebum is an oily substance created by the sebaceous glands which make the skin waterproof. When an earring hole hasn't been cleaned properly, the sebum will mix with the dead cells caused by the pierced skin to create a gross smell.

What is the least common piercing? ›

A few more uncommon piercings are eyeball piercings, dermal piercings (pictured to the left), corset piercings, some genital piercings, uvula piercings, bridge piercings, and anti-eyebrow piercings (the latter two are pictured above).

What is the cheese cutter effect? ›

The most common form of migration is the way that heavy small gauge earrings will migrate downwards out of the earlobe, as is common in older women who have worn earrings most of their lives. This is known as the "cheesecutter effect", as its action is easily compared to the method of cutting cheese with a fine wire.

When should you retire a piercing? ›

Retiring Piercings (Taking it out and leaving it out)
  • The piercing has had trouble healing and you've decided to get rid.
  • You simply don't want the piercing anymore, though it has healed well.
  • Work/school don't like it.
  • The piercing isn't straight and/or you aren't happy with the placement.
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Can piercings reject from stress? ›

There can be many reasons why your piercing is rejecting! Personal factors such as stress, genetics, weight changes, and the tightness of your skin can all play a role. External factors such as incorrectly sized jewelry, and inferior jewelry material also contribute to a piercing rejecting!

Can you save a rejecting piercing? ›

Practicing good hygiene can prevent your piercing from getting infected or from migrating. Piercings rejected due to allergic reactions will usually need to be removed, but infections can heal over time.

Do rejected piercings leave scars? ›

When your body rejects a piercing, the holes begin to widen as your skin around the jewelry begins to flake and crack. If left untreated, rejection can damage the tissue around the piercing, resulting in a large scar.

What can piercing infections lead to? ›

Leaving an infected piercing untreated can result in a more severe infection or an abscess (a swollen area filled with pus). Upper ear piercings are more likely to get infected. Left untreated, these infections can spread into your body (called a systemic infection).

What is the most common symptom of bacterial endocarditis? ›

Common symptoms of endocarditis include:
  • Aching joints and muscles.
  • Chest pain when you breathe.
  • Fatigue.
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever and chills.
  • Night sweats.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Swelling in the feet, legs or belly.
  • A new or changed whooshing sound in the heart (murmur)
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What is the number one cause of endocarditis? ›

Bacterial infection is the most common cause of endocarditis. Endocarditis can also be caused by fungi, such as Candida. In some cases, no cause can be found.

What antibiotic is best for piercing infection? ›

Treatment / Management

Oral antibiotics such as cephalexin or clindamycin provide coverage for streptococcus and staphylococcus. If concerns for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus exist, then oral trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole confers adequate coverage.

Can piercing infection fatal? ›

Body piercing has a long history as a focus of infection. This ranges from a localised site of infection where the actual modification was made to a more disseminated sepsis leading to endocarditis, tetanus or septic shock, and ultimately death.

What is a piercing infection called? ›

The most common type of bacteria that causes perichondritis infection is Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Perichondritis is usually caused by an injury to the ear due to: Ear surgery. Ear piercing (especially piercing of the cartilage) Contact sports.

Will an infected piercing heal itself? ›

Most infected ear piercings can be treated at home and will improve within a few days, although, in some cases, antibiotics may be necessary. If symptoms do not improve, the infection spreads, or there are other symptoms, a person should speak to a doctor.

How do I know if my piercing is embedding? ›

Embedding is a small but unpredicatable risk and can cause serious complications, it usually starts with aggressive swelling and a build up of fluid around the site of the piercing. A completely embedded piece of jewellery usually requires a trip to A&E but if caught early, speak to your piercer first.

How do you know if your body is rejecting a piercing? ›

Symptoms of piercing rejection
  1. more of the jewelry becoming visible on the outside of the piercing.
  2. the piercing remaining sore, red, irritated, or dry after the first few days.
  3. the jewelry becoming visible under the skin.
  4. the piercing hole appearing to be getting larger.
  5. the jewelry looking like it is hanging differently.

Do piercings have health benefits? ›

His research shows that by piercing certain parts of the ear, it stimulates the surrounding nerve areas. In certain cases, this sends a flow of energy through the body which helps alleviate types of pain and regulates the body's functions and internal organs according to lifemaghealth.com.

How do piercings help anxiety? ›

The piercing is thought to keep constant pressure on the vagus nerve and that's what helps alleviate the side effects of anxiety.

Can piercings be addictive? ›

Piercings can be psychologically "addictive," in the sense that many people will continue to see how far they can push their limits once they start getting them, says Stephanie Hutter-Thomas, a professional body piercer and PhD candidate studying the psychology of body art.

Why should you not rotate your piercing? ›

There's no reason to rotate your piercing. You could damage the delicate, healing skin by rotating the jewelry. In the past, rotating the jewelry was recommended, but it has been found to cause damage that can lead to infection and scarring. For happy healing, NEVER rotate your body jewelry.

Do piercings give you endorphins? ›

The brain goes through a unique process throughout the piercing procedure. When your body goes through an intense physical stressor or pain, the brain releases endorphins.

Do piercings give you adrenaline? ›

Even if you aren't nervous at all, there is still an endorphin or adrenaline rush that can occur during the piercing as the body's natural response to piercing. This rush costs you blood sugar, and if you don't have enough, you can get lightheaded and/or faint.

How does Japan feel about piercings? ›

If you have any tattoos or body piercings, it is possible that you won't be allowed to enter. Be sure to remove any piercings (ears are okay) and conceal any ink. (Tattoos in Japan are widely associated with the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia, and are generally frowned upon.)

Do piercings boost self esteem? ›

Piercings have an amazing, magical ability to help improve your confidence and self image. And for many hundreds of yeas across many cultures piercings have been viewed as a status symbol, and a symbol of beauty and strength.

Are piercings toxic? ›

If you make sure that they are using disposable needles to make the piercing, or they have sterilized the equipment properly, getting toxins from the process of piercing the body part would be unlikely.

What is the safest piercing material? ›

There are a few materials approved by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), but implant-grade titanium is the one most piercers recommend for initial piercings. Here's why: It's nickel-free.

What are 5 skin problems from tattoos and piercings? ›

burning or swelling at the tattoo site. granulomas, or nodules of inflamed tissue, around the tattoo site. keloids, or overgrowths of scar tissue. bloodborne diseases, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, and tetanus (they can be contracted via contaminated, unsanitary needles)

What happens if you can't take out a piercing for an MRI? ›

Jewelry, piercings, buckles or keys

But we play it safe.) Our patients are asked to remove body piercings, and, if they can't remove one, they might be asked to place an ice pack (also called a heat sink) over it during the MRI, to keep the metal cool.

Are body piercings unprofessional? ›

Tattoos and piercings originated from non-white societies. Modern culture is based on what the majority of members consider acceptable, which is why any sort of “alternative” appearance can be flagged as unprofessional. Essentially body modifications and alternative appearances don't adhere to typical beauty standards.

What metal does not infect piercings? ›

Surgical Stainless Steel (SSS)

There are several grades and varieties of stainless steel on the market, but for safe and effective body piercings, you'll want to seek out one of the following types: 316L (the "L" refers to "low carbon") is the most commonly utilized surgical stainless steel for body jewelry.

What are medical grade piercings made of? ›

Types of Medical Grade Materials for Earrings

Titanium. Plastic. Stainless Steel – Grades 440 and 420. Gold.

What is safer needle or gun piercing? ›

Hands down, in all circumstances using a needle to perform an ear piercing is much safer. My recommendation: go to a professional piercer who uses a needle. It hurts less, gives better results and is better for your health!

What is the most common piercing to reject? ›

Surface piercings are the most common types of piercing to be rejected by the body. Surface piercings travel along an area of skin, rather than going directly through a body part. The jewelry punctures only a small amount of the skin's surface. Examples of surface piercings include eyebrows, neck, hip, and wrist.

How common is piercing rejection? ›

Piercing rejection is not very common, but it does happen. Rejection most common in the first few weeks to months after getting a piercing. So it's important to keep an eye on new piercings.

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