Doctor insights on:
Body Piercing Pain Scale
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
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
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
Leave it alone:
In most cases, piercing will close on their own when left alone.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more
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
I have a body piercing that appears to be infected. Any recommendations to treat it besides saline solution?
Infected Piercing: Your physician may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. Signs of infection include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place (if removed – the drainage tract will close up). ...Read more
Yes... Carefully: Be careful and only go to a certified and approved site. People who have had cardiac surgery may be at increased risk for developing heart infections. Please discuss this with your doctor as they may recommend specific retailers that they know in your area. ...Read more
Potentially: In some situations - if not responsive to antibiotics and other more conservative measures. ...Read more
Probably: Like any surgical technique, it depends on the expertise of the operator. ...Read more
Infection risk: Hi. Body piercing carries an infection risk, albeit generally low (assuming proper technique). If your diabetes is tightly controlled, your infection risk should be low. However, if your control is poor, 2 things: 1) infection risk is higher, and 2) risk of long term diabetic complications is higher. ...Read more
Cautery: Jewelry is removed to prevent burns to skin in case cautery is used during the procedure. ...Read more
YES ! YES! YES!!!: Common infections related to piercings include staphylococcus aureus, group a streptococcus & pseudomonas. In some situations nipple piercings have led to chronic nipple infection requiring surgical intervention. Ear piercings have led to chondritis with collapse of the external ear. Naval and nasal piercings often lead to infection. ...Read more
Many: One study showed complications in up to 35% of people w pierced ears. Problems can include infection, keloid, traumatic tearing and allergic reaction. High ear piercings through cartilage have ^ risk of infection & lack of healing because of minimal blood supply to auricular cartilage. You can develop a perichondral abscess as well auricular perichondritis. If you ear is hot, red, swollen or > ...Read more
What are the probable infections that a person gets with tattoos, extreme piercings, and especially body modification?
Various: Concerns with viruses (hepatitis) and flora from skin (staph). ...Read more
Docs, could a boil on your butt cause a new piercing on other part of your body to become infected?
Yes: If you touch the lesion and then touch the piercing - then germs might be transmitted. ...Read more
I've been having occasional sharp piercing pains in different area's of my body. Arms, my sides etc. What could this be...I'm scared?
See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Keep it clean.: Before, during and immediately after the procedures, keep the area clean and protected. Once healed, tattoos are unlikely to become infected. Piercings, on the other hand, should be protected from further trauma, and if become red and painful, may need additional care or removal to prevent the spread of infection. ...Read more