Body piercing is becoming increasingly popular among both men and women. Piercings decorate the body and make a statement, but there are problems associated with piercings, especially if they are not cared for properly. The body piercing problems that can occur vary according to the area of the body that was pierced and how well the piercing has been cared for.
A piercing infection is among the most common body piercing problems. People that have health problems are at the highest risk of developing a piercing infection, but anyone may develop this problem. Infection is most common during the healing process and is usually caused by bacteria on the skin’s surface getting into the wound and multiplying. Besides a piercing infection, dangerous diseases such as hepatitis, syphilis and tuberculosis may be spread if the piercing equipment was not completely clean before being used.
Anyone who has recently gotten a body piercing should be especially vigilant about washing their hands with antibacterial soap and keeping the new piercing clean. The best way to avoid a piercing infection is to clean the area carefully no more than twice per day and avoid submerging the piercing in water until it has healed entirely. Water may harbor bacteria that causes infection, especially if it is unsanitized, such as the water in a river or lake.
When it comes to body piercing problems, a splitting piercing is less common than infection, but still occurs far more often than it should. Splitting piercing can happen on almost any area of the body, but commonly occurs with a navel piercing because the piercing catches on the inside of clothing frequently, which often causes pain as well as a splitting piercing. Although common among body piercing problems, splitting piercing can be avoided by wearing loose fitting clothing and making sure that there are no loose threads in the piercing area.
If you have any metal allergies, make sure that the jewelry used in your piercing doesn’t contain these metals. Non-allergenic jewelry is the best option for people who have had reactions to various metals. Surgical steel is a popular option for new piercings, as are titanium platinum and gold.