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A 50-year-old member asked:

can someone tell me how to know if my septum piercing infected?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Nasal Septal : Piercing: a number of types of bacterial infections are possible (red, swollen, warm, tender, painful w malodorous drainage). It can cause heavy bleeding w formation of a septal hematoma. Significant deformity may result from complications like necrosis of nasal wall or perichondritis. If stud grows into skin it may need to be cut out. Nasal jewelry could be aspirated into lungs or swallowed.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Septal piercing: Pain, purulent dischage, redness at site are indications of infection. Septal piercing is a bad idea. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist,

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to get a piercing if you are taking immune suppressing medication?

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Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: As long as it's done professionally and is taken care of appropriately. Any redness, swelling, or drainage should be evaluated by a physician.
A 23-year-old member asked:

I have a problem with my navel piercing. I have it almost 5 months but its still not healed. Some liquid its still leaking from and it looks bad?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Possible Infection: You need to have your piercing site evaluated by a physician. It's possible you have an infection and may need the piercing removed.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to get a piercing if you have mrsa?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: As long as you're not piercing an active infection. Practice good hygiene before, during, and after the piercing is important.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could I have piercing if 15 if I look older?

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Dr. James Shearer
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes & ???: From a medical point of view you could; from a legal point of view it is up to your parents.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How do I tell my mom that I want to get a piercing?

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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
Geriatrics 21 years experience
Just tell her: Worst she'll say is 'no'.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
I have already told my 13 year old no.
May 24, 2012

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