Body piercing is all the rage with individuals of all ages. Whether you are choosing to pierce ears, lips, nose, eyebrows, tongue or something a bit more risky.
Safety and hygiene should be at the top of the check list before you  grab a needle. These ten tips for body piercing safety will ensure your piercing does not result in a potentially dangerous infection.

 Only use a professional.

Piercing is something that should only be performed by a professional. It is a great deal more complicated than simply pushing a needle through a part of your body. Choose a reliable professional and seek a consultation before you make the decision to pierce. Home piercing jobs are most likely to lead to complications or infections.

 Ask questions.

Think of  interviewing a potential piercer, the same as you would a doctor. Ask about their cleanliness and disease prevention policies. Many diseases, including AIDS and Hepatitis can be spread through dirty needles, so you should ensure that  your health is not compromised. Do not feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask the necessary questions and beware of any so-called professional who seems unwilling or unable to provide answers.

 Choose wisely.

Just as each body is different, everyone will not be able to successfully pierce their chosen spot, once you seek a professional to pierce your body, they are in the right position to advise you, to ensure the piercing can be successful without an aftermath. For instance individuals with an out-ie belly button are unable to have a belly button piercing due to the orientation. Also, some individuals are unable to have their tongue correctly pierced due to the orientation of essential nerves and blood vessels.

Choose quality body jewelry. Most body piercing jewelry is either gold with a high karat count or surgical quality stainless steel.

When it comes to choosing body jewelry, ensure you choose high quality metals or premium hypoallergenic metals that conform to the highest international standards, hypoallergenic metals will work well especially for those  that react to metals.  Avoid cheap or flimsy body jewelry and focus on the quality instead of the design.

   Keep it clean.

After the body part has been pierced, an aftercare product should be applied regularly twice a day to the piercing. it is essential to keep the hole clean, your body sees a piercing as a wound, so cleanliness is the key. Remember, infections also do not discriminate between piercing holes and puncture wounds.

 Keep it dry.

Most piercers agree that the hole should be kept dry until healing has commenced. Keep your piercing hole free of saliva, sweat, salt water or chlorine water, since all of these liquids can cause infection.

 Avoid makeup.

If you opted for a facial piercing, avoid the use of makeup  until the healing process is complete having in mind that most cosmetic products are made with oils that can invade the piercing hole and cause infection.

  Identify infection. No one prays for a piercing gone wrong situation but that not withstanding keep an eye for any sign of infection, remember not all infections work in the same manner but warning signs may include any type of discharge from the wound, fever, pain, discomfort, swelling and redness around the hole.

Seek medical attention.

If your piercing is exhibiting signs of infection or complication, immediately seek medical attention. Also, if the piercing is routinely painful and does not seem to heal, you should seek treatment from your primary health care provider.

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