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Piercing And Tattoos (Overview)

Improper sanitary procedures during piercing and tattoos can lead to serious blood borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV.


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Could getting a piercing or tattoo release pheromones?

Could getting a piercing or tattoo release pheromones?

I doubt it: I don't think pheromones are induced by tattoos or piercings. If you did either and noticing an increase in persons finding you attractive then you probably made a good choice in your tattoo or piercing. ...Read more

Piercing And Tattoos (Overview)

Improper sanitary procedures during piercing and tattoos can lead to serious blood borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV.


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How can those people with body piercings and tattoos prevent infections?

How can those people with body piercings and tattoos prevent infections?

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

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I have leukemia but now in remission and I want to know if I can get and piercings or tattoos?

I have leukemia but now in remission and I want to know if I can get and piercings or tattoos?

Depends on labs: Universal precautions (clean needles, etc) should be used independent of leukemia status. You could get tattoos/piercings otherwise if your labs were okay -- platelet count normal (or >50k), WBC (particularly absolute neutrophil count = anc normal). Check with your treating physician first of course. ...Read more

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Belly button piercing and tattoo, what to do?

Belly button piercing and tattoo, what to do?

Can you please : Clarify what the nature of your question is so that we can better help you. Need to re-ask. ...Read more

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Does my doctor need to write down if I have nipple piercings and tattooes? Can I tell her not to?

Does my doctor need to write down if I have nipple piercings and tattooes? Can I tell her not to?

Yes: Your doctor needs to write all observations and data when seeing you. It helps in the diagnosis, risk factor stratification, and looking back at history. Don't worry though. No one besides you and your doctor is permitted to see the notes except those with legitimate need - consulting doctors, nurses, insurance, and government officials by court order. ...Read more

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If body piercing and tattoo infection is severe, does the patient need to have a surgery?

If body piercing and tattoo infection is severe, does the patient need to have a surgery?

Potentially: In some situations - if not responsive to antibiotics and other more conservative measures. ...Read more

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How to properly clean and dry a deep navel without a piercing or a tattoo?

How to properly clean and dry a deep navel without a piercing or a tattoo?

How deep?: How much do you weigh? If your naval is deep due to obesity, there are more than enough reasons to lose weight, hygiene of the naval being a lesser of the considerations. Otherwise cleaning the pit with a towel on your finger should be sufficient. If you have any rash, infection, discharge etc, see your doctor. A naval can be removed without any ill-effects. ...Read more

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Can someone with coarctation of the aorta get a body piercing or a tattoo?

Can someone with coarctation of the aorta get a body piercing or a tattoo?

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

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Would it be a good idea to take antidepressants before geting a piercing or a tattoo? Would it help for the pain?

Would it be a good idea to take antidepressants before geting a piercing or a tattoo? Would it help for the pain?

No: An antidepressant will not lessen the pain from a tattoo or piercing. Some people take an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory med before hand. Auricular acupuncture with asp needles can also be used. ...Read more

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Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


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