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10 Tips for a Safer Body Piercing
by Jesse Whitehead

Body piercing has exploded in popularity the last few years and entered the mainstream of society. Its seems like nearly everyone is sporting some sort of body piercing these days, be it a pierced tongue, nose, lip, eyebrow, belly button, the traditional ear piercing or other body part - hidden or visible.

If you are considering body piercing, you should keep safety and hygiene at the top of your checklist because piercing does come with some inherent risks. Here are ten tips you should follow to ensure that your piercing is done safely and does not result in a potentially dangerous infection.

1) Use a Professional Body Piercer.
Body piercing is a much more complicated than merely pushing a needle through a part of your body. Be sure to choose a reliable professional who is experienced and reputable. You may wish to seek a consultation with the body artist before you make the decision to pierce. Do not do your piercing at home as do-it-yourself attempts at home are much more likely to result in infections or serious complications.

2) Ask Questions
Interview your potential piercer the same as you would a new doctor. (You do interview your health care professionals don't you?) Don't hesitate to ask about their procedures for cleanliness and disease prevention. Diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis and many infections can be spread by using dirty needles. It's in your best interest for you choose your body pierce professional carefully to ensure that the quality of your health is not compromised. Do not feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask the necessary questions; it's your health that's at stake.

3) Choose Your Piercing Wisely
Every body type is different, and it's not possible for everyone to successfully pierce their chosen spot. When you choose the professional who will pierce your body, make sure that the piercing you desire can be done successfully. For example, some individuals cannot have their tongue pierced because of the orientation of essential nerves and blood vessels. Of individuals who have an "outtie" belly button will unlikely be able to have a piercing done because of the orientation of the belly button.

4) Think of the Impact on Your Life
Before you do any piercing, consider what impact it will have on your life. Although body piercing is more acceptable today than ever before, it is true that many employers still frown upon visible body piercings. It doesn't matter what you think about body piercings, when it comes to employment be aware that others may think differently. Realize that you may be discriminated against or viewed in an unfavorable light by some individuals due to your body piercings.

5) Choose High Quality Jewelry
Choose only quality metals or high carbonate plastics that will not cause irritation or infection in your body. Avoid body jewelry that is cheap or flimsy and choose quality over design. Look for jewelry that is either gold, sterling silver, titanium, or surgical quality stainless steel.

6) Keep It Dry
Keep the hole dry after your piercing until it is healed. Avoid exposing your piercing to saliva, sweat, chlorine water, or salt water, since all of these liquids can bring about infection.

7) Keep It Clean
Along with keeping it dry, be sure to keep the hole clean to avoid infection. Your body sees the piercing as a wound, and as with any wound, you must keep it clean. Infections do not discriminate between puncture wounds and piercing.

8) Avoid Putting on Makeup
If you get a facial piercing, avoid contaminating the hole with makeup. Cosmetic products contain oils and other substances that can invade the piercing and cause infection.

9) Watch Out for Infections
Infections can come one very quickly and cause great pain and discomfort. Warning signs may include discharge from the wound, pain, fever, swelling, redness, and general discomfort.

10) Seek Medical Attention if There Is a Problem
Seek immediate medical attention if your piercing shows any complications or signs of infection. You should also see your doctor if your piercing is always painful and doesn't appear to be healing like it should.

About the Author:
Jesse Whitehead enjoys writing articles on all kinds of different subjects. One of his latest interests is in gold belly button rings. Come visit his latest website at http://goldbellybuttonrings.org which provides a ton of information about belly button rings and other body jewelry.

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