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Complications Of Body Piercing

Author : agnes celina


In the last decade the trend of wearing the body piercing jewellery has taken great heights. People get their, ears, nose, lips, eyebrows, tongue, nipples and genitals pierced to give them a trendy and sexy look. But these piercings are not free of complications. They are liable to cause you many local and systemic problems. There can be numerous complications associated with them that need to be prevented with adequate care.
The trend of piercing the ear lobes has been prevalent for many years. It has been the oldest type of piercing that is seen in the different cultures of the world. Nowadays the trend of multiple piercings has also grown. A pierce in the ear cartilage is associated with considerable pain and delayed healing. The condition gets worse with high ear piercing. The person may develop perichondritis in case an infection follows. Therefore it is always recommended to get your ears pierced by a professional under complete aseptic technique and apply an ointment daily before sleeping till the wound heals completely. If you have developed perichondritis take a full course of floroquinolones. Also you should wear the jewellery with the minimal weight, very heavy jewellery can stretch the ear and cause traumatic ear.

Wearing the body piercing jewellery may sometimes be associated with the development of hypertrophied scar that is known as keloid. Keloids destroy the cosmetic appeal of the jewellery and are very difficult to treat. You should consult a good cosmetologist if you want to get it treated. But the best option still is preventing the formation rather than getting it treated. Keloids form when you wear very heavy jewellery at a site that cannot hold too much pressure. The jewellery worn at such a site should be removed with immediate effect and would otherwise create problems.

Psedomonal infections are very common among the people who have got their body pierced. Due to the infection people suffer from mid fever and body aches. Antibiotics are recommended if any such condition is prevalent. Pseudomonas ensues commonly after tongue pierce. The lips cheek and middle of the tongue are the most popular sites of the oral piercings. If you are wearing a large barbell you are liable to configure the problems like the tooth fracture, chipping and the swollen tongue. Thus reducing the size of the barbell may be of some help. Beaded jewellery may come between the teeth and cause problems. If you have oral piercings than the best strategy would be to get oral rinsing with a good mouth wash at least thrice a day. Regular Listerine gargles produce good result.

Navel jewellery is worn by many Indian women who are very fond of it. It can cause allergic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Corticosteroids are the mainstay of treatment.
As it is noted that the trends of wearing body piercing jewellery has gained wide social acceptance, it is the utmost duty of the doctors to learn how to treat various complications and also inform the general public about its complications as a health promotion strategy.


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