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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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How to clean fresh nipple piercing?

How to clean fresh nipple piercing?

Cleaning: New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist 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 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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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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Should alcohol infect my tongue piercing?

Should alcohol infect my tongue piercing?

Alcohol is not: likley to infect your piercing. BUT if your piercing is new - it certainly may cause you pain. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wear plastic piercings on freshly pierced nipples?

Is it safe to wear plastic piercings on freshly pierced nipples?

No: If it's freshly pierced, you should clean it with alcohol several times a day and avoid changing it out for at least 4-6 weeks until it's set. Otherwise, you may encounter infection or close up of the hole. ...Read more

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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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Can I use bacitracin on a new piercing?

Can I use bacitracin on a new piercing?

BACITRACIN OINTMENT: You can use Bacitracin ointment on a new "piercing" anytime. Just remember, though, that people may become allergic to bacitracin. ...Read more

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Is laser tattoo removal safe to use for my tattooed eyelids?

Depends: Only if performed by a physician who specializes in this area. It will require the use of protective eye contact lenses that will need to be placed by the doctor and the risks of the treatement - including permanent eye damage will need to be balanced with the intended benefit. Please only consider this will a physician who has deep expertise in this specific treatment on the eyelid. ...Read more

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Are tattoos and permanent make-up safe to use?

Are tattoos and permanent make-up safe to use?

Yes, but...: Tattoos are generally safe, but some people are allergic to the elements that are in the tattoo dyes. Unfortunately, when that happens, other than injecting steroids in the affected areas, and ultimate tattoo removal, the inflammation will be chronic. Another problem is that over time, the tattoo dye migrate, so the lines becomes fuzzier. This can be problematic with tattoo brows and eyeliner... ...Read more

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Got tattoo. Removed tattoo (laser). Tried to cover scar w/new tattoo. Removed coverup. Left with permanent scarring. Can my skin ever fully heal?

Got tattoo. Removed tattoo (laser). Tried to cover scar w/new tattoo. Removed coverup. Left with permanent scarring. Can my skin ever fully heal?

No, but...: Nobody has a perfect body, Ben. You had an adventure. You had the courage to make a statement, and even if things didn't turn out as you'd hoped, your life is richer. The key to looking and feeling good is fitness. How trim and muscular your are is entirely up to you. And you've got a story to share from a time when you were younger. Be good to yourself, and best wishes. ...Read more

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How to treat infected nipple piercing?

Med eval: 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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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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How to remove scar tissue from nose piercing?

How to remove scar tissue from nose piercing?

Usually injections: There are several ways to approach the removal of scar tissue in this area which depends on its location, size and type of scar. Usually injections with corticosteroids are a mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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Can I use eye drops to clean tragus piercing?

Can I use eye drops to clean tragus piercing?

Eye drops: There are many different types of eye drops. Probably not. I would follow the instructions of the person who did your piercing. ...Read more

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How can a dermatologist shave off small bit of scar tissue from belly piercing rejection?

How can  a dermatologist shave off small bit of scar tissue from belly piercing rejection?

Not normally: Scar tissue is dificult to treat by removing it with a shave technique as it tends to grow back. Usually other techniques are used like intralesional corticosteroid injections. ...Read more

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Can you suggest some tips for infected navel piercing & care?

Can you suggest some tips for infected navel piercing & care?

Infected navel : piercing - seek medical care. 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 drugstore. An alternate way to clean navel piercings: rapidly turn over a cup of warm saline on to the piercing ...Read more

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Can keloid people have tattoos?

Can keloid people have tattoos?

With a risk: Any skin trauma can cause keloids. Even tattoos. Keloids are more common on upper chest, back, shoulders and ears. ...Read more

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