Piercings – How To Have Them Done Safe
Piercings are a great and inexpensive way as an alternative to tattoos, but the risks of piercing can be far more greater if not done properly.
When it comes to choosing a professional piercer, many of us automatically assume that if he or she is working at a replicable department store or piercing studio, it’s ok for them to pierce us, which is far from true. Non-sterilized or improper use of equipment can easily cause serious infections and even blood-borne diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis.
Knowing what to look for when choosing a professional piercer can greatly decrease your chance of infections and diseases and ensure a safer piercing experience.
If you’ve decided to go to a professional piercing studio, ask a trustworthy friend where he or she got their piercing done. Did he or she have a good experience? Was the place clean?
If you don’t know of anyone, find a popular piercing studio and check it out for yourself. Cleanliness should be number one in any reputable piercing studio. Make sure the entire studio is clean.
Also make sure that they sterilize their reusable equipment with the proper tools. Equipment should be stored in a sterilized autoclave bag as well and the date of sterilization should be written clearly on it. If they are using throwaway needles, look to see if they are disposed of in a safety container.
Make sure that the piercer is wearing a fresh pair of gloves during all procedures and that he or she washes their hands before putting the gloves on.
There is a lot of controversy as to whether or not piercing guns are actually safe since they can’t be sterilized properly. However, many department stores still use these guns for simple earlobe piercings. If you’re concerned with the risks of infection where a piercing gun is concerned, ask about other piercing options for the ears. Piercing guns should not be used anywhere else.
Before picking out your piercing jewelry, check to see that it is non-allergenic. If a piercer is recommending nickel or brass-plated jewelry when you are getting pierced, find another professional piercer.
After you have your piercing done, your piercer should give you instructions on how to care for your piercing. Pay intention to the information and please follow it. The information is given to you for a reason and that being to ensure your piercing heals properly. Don’t remove the jewelry until your piercing has completely healed. Your healing process will depend on where you were pierced.
There may be times when even with the proper aftercare, something goes wrong and you find that your piercing has become infected. When this happens, first and foremost, DO NOT remove the jewelry piece. If you remove the jewelry, the opening of the piercing will close and trap the infection that can lead to further complications. Instead, contact your local doctor for treatment of the infection.
If the stud irritates your nose, move it slightly until a comfortable position is found. Occurrence of Infections Increasing redness, swelling and tenderness usually signal some form of infection. Do not be slow to react to any problems related to the tattoo or piercing. If you experience any problems with your piercing, seek medical attention immediately. General symptoms of an infection are often similar to the symptoms of flu. You may experience pain, swelling, a high fever, nausea and often discharge of a yellow or green pus coming from the piercing.
You may find that after your piercing has successfully healed, you’d like to change the jewelry piece. The Captive Bead Ring is usually the most common piece of body jewelry worn and also the most difficult to change. While there are many different styles of the ring, generally they all have a bead used in closing the ring. Most professionals recommend seeing your peircer for instructions on removing this type of piercing.
If you can’t go there, you might want to invest in a pair of jewelry pliers meant for removing the Captive Bead Ring. If you can’t find those a pair of needle nose pliers will work, however wrap the tips in some kind of soft tape to keep from scratching your jewelry.
When attempting to change your jewelry, always make sure you are doing so with clean hands.
Place the needle nose pliers in the center of the ring and begin slowly prying the ring apart until the bead loosens and you are able to catch the bead. Once you have removed the bead, there should be a space big enough for you to gently slide the ring out. If not, gently pry the ring further apart until the gap enables you to remove the ring from your body.
If the piercing is new and you have simply changed your mind about keeping it, you should go back to the piercer and have him or her remove the piercing.
In general barbells and navel rings can be removed after healing, by simply unscrewing the ball from the barbell post. When in doubt, ask your piercer, after all it is part of their profession!