Information about the risks of body piercing

Information about the risks of body piercing

Piercings don’t come without risks. Therefor you want to make sure you are well rested and well fed before getting a piercing. Tell your professional about use of medication or skin problems, allergies, epilepsy and sensitivity. Also, check online that the studio where you want to get pierced is licensed to do so. This license indicates that all procedures are done safely and according to the hygiene guidelines dictated by the National Centre for Hygiene and Safety (Landelijk Centrum Hygiëne en Veiligheid).

Don’t get pierced:

  • On places of your body where you’ve received a medical procedure or operation in the past year;
  • On a spot you’ve had pierced less than three months ago;
  • On irritated or sensitive skin, dark spots or swollen spots;
  • When intoxicated;
  • During pregnancy.

It is also strongly discouraged to get pierced when you suffer one or more of the following diseases/disorders:

  • Diabetes
  • Haemophilia
  • Chronic skin disease
  • Allergy for piercing(materials)
  • Immune disorder
  • Heart- and vascular anomalies.

You do have one of these disorders? You use medication? And you still want to get pierced? Consult your medical professional first.

Getting pierced

Because a wound occurs when getting pierced, there’s a chance of contamination with diseases that are transmittable by blood, such as Hepatitis B and C. Therefore, always check if the piercer works hygienically. A hygienic procedure is also important to prevent infection in your new piercing. Always make sure that:

  • The skin about to be pierced is cleaned and disinfected;
  • The needle and jewellery are coming from a sterile package and aren’t touched with bare hands;
  • The piercer wears gloves during procedure;
  • The piercer disinfects their gloves with alcohol 70 or 80% right before piercing you.

Getting pierced can be painful for a short period. Consult your medical professional if you want to use anaesthetics.

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