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Body Piercing (Overview)

Body piercing is the intentional piercing of ears, lips, noses, and skin of other parts of the body to create a place to attach rings or other jewelry to. Piercing in a risky location can lead to skin infections and cartilage damage.


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What body piercing hurts the most?

What body piercing hurts the most?

Nipple & genital: Each person has a different tolerance level for pain. The pain caused by a piercing depends on body location. Ear lobe piercings are usually tolerable. Piercings through cartilage hurt more. The tongue can be quite painful. Nipple & genital piercings have been described as very painful. ...Read more

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Body Piercing (Overview)

Body piercing is the intentional piercing of ears, lips, noses, and skin of other parts of the body to create a place to attach rings or other jewelry to. Piercing in a risky location can lead to skin infections and cartilage damage.


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Does getting a body piercing hurt long?

Does getting a body piercing hurt long?

Piercing pain: Each person has a different tolerance level for pain. The pain caused by a piercing depends on body location. Ear lobe piercings are usually tolerable. Piercings through cartilage hurt more. The tongue can be quite painful. Nipple & genital piercings have been described as very painful. The pain from doing the piercing is brief. ...Read more

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Getting Piercings (Checklist)

Find a licensed piercer
Once
Use only stainless steel or 14k gold for your first piercing
Once
If the piercing gets infected, clean it with alcohol until healed
Daily
Check piercing for redness, pain, swelling or pus
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How long does it take for a body piercing to completely heal?

How long does it take for a body piercing to completely heal?

Varies: Average healing times by piercing locations. Facial – usually 6 to 12 weeks, ear cartilage 6 to 12 weeks, oral or tongue – 3 to 6 weeks, nipple - 2 to 4 months, genital – up to 9 months and navel – up to 12 months. See: http://piercingu.com/piercing-healing-time/ ...Read more

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What are the tell-tale signs that your body piercing is infected?

Infections: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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What can you use to closing up a body piercing with minimal scarring?

Leave it alone: In most cases, piercing will close on their own when left alone. Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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Can a body piercing cause meningitis?

Can a body piercing cause meningitis?

Meningitis: If it is not done in a sterile fashion, infection can spread in the body, which can include meningitis as well. ...Read more

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What to do to prevent a body piercing from getting infected?

Body piercings: New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing & allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution at a drug store. ...Read more

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Piercing (Definition)

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which ...Read more