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If precautions are not taken, a piercing can be the source of potentially serious health issues. This is why it is important to be aware of the risks and know what type of care to provide to avoid contamination or any complications.
Although piercings are trendy, they have been around for a very long time! It is believed that some ancient peoples, such as the Romans and the Mayas, were particularly fond of this form of body art. Today, ear piercing in young girls is also indicative of the body piercing fad.
Body piercing is not a very complicated procedure from a technical perspective. It simply entails piercing a hole with a needle and inserting a piece of jewelry, which prevents the skin from closing up again. This practice always requires optimal hygienic conditions and, of course, choosing the area of the body to be pierced, and the piece of jewelry. It is advisable for this type of procedure to be done by an experienced person.
It usually takes several weeks for the skin to heal completely, but it can sometimes take even longer.
Bacterial contamination ranks among the most common complications of piercings. Because the skin is broken, this provides access to bacteria that can enter and cause infection. A bacterial infection can spread only to the skin around the piercing, to the areas of the body where the piercing is located or, in some rare cases, to the entire body.
Other possible complications of a piercing include:
Here is some advice intended to lower the risk of contamination, infection, and other complications.
In the case of a minor infection, the use of an antibiotic cream (available without a prescription) can be beneficial. In more serious cases, it may be necessary to obtain a prescription for an oral antibiotic. Your pharmacist can inform you on how to make optimal use of your treatment.
Speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions about how to care for your piercing, what cleaning product to use, what medication to use to reduce pain, or about the prevention or treatment of infections. Your pharmacist can provide adequate information so your piercing experience is as satisfying as possible!
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