Tattooing and body piercing are one of the trends that are popular with teenagers, not least in Indonesia. Unfortunately, with increasing demand for tattoos or piercings, more and more tattoo and piercing business people are also unprofessional. This increases the adverse complications that are not small. Many things must be known and considered before deciding to pierce the body, one of which is below.
1. Is piercing safe?
When done with clean and professional techniques, piercing rarely causes bad side effects. Piercing tools and techniques that are not clean are risks for transmission of diseases such as:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
Even when done in a safe way, piercing still has the risk of an allergic reaction to piercing, bleeding, inflammation, nerve damage, bleeding, and chronic infections.
2. What should I consider before doing piercing?
Here are the considerations you should think about before doing piercing, both in the ear and in other body parts:
- If you are not yet 18 years old, does your parents allow? Some places require that you have parental permission if you are under 18 years old.
- Are you in school or looking for work? Most schools and some work environments do not allow students and workers to do piercing.
- What is your immunization status? Make sure you have got certain immunizations such as hepatitis B and tetanus before piercing.
- Do you intend to donate blood? Some organizations do not receive blood donations from pierced people.
3. How do I find out if my piercing is safe and sterile?
Before doing piercing, pay attention to whether the person who will pierce you does the following:
- Wash hands with antiseptic soap
- Use new gloves
- The location of your piercing is clean
- The piercing equipment is sterilized first or only disposable
- The needle used is new, and after it is finished it is immediately disposed to a special place
4. How do you treat wound cuts?
Here is a list of what you can and should not do after you have finished piercing.
What you have to do after piercing
- Wash your hands before cleaning the piercing spot
- Clean the pierced body parts with antiseptic soap
- Soak the piercing with salt water to clean the piercings
- Clean with an alcoholic antibacterial mouthwash on the lips or mouth piercing
What you shouldn't do after piercing
- Often touches pierced body parts, because it increases the risk of infection
- Cleanses pierced body parts with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, because it can interfere with wound healing
- Bathing in a swimming pool or a public hot spring when the piercing wound hasn't healed.
- Use makeup over piercings or wear clothes that are tight on piercings when the piercing wound hasn't healed.
The healing period of piercing varies with each member of the body. Piercing on the tongue usually heals within 1 month, on the eyelids or in the ear lobe 6-8 weeks, piercing in the nose heals in 6-8 months, healing for the longest when the piercing in the ear cartilage and navel is between 4 months to 1 year.
5. What should be done to treat the wound of the infected piercing?
Temporary pain or swelling is a normal reaction after piercing, but if the pain is prolonged and does not improve, it is possible that your piercing is infected. Be careful with piercing in the mouth, because the risk of infection by oral bacteria is greater than piercing elsewhere. Here's a sign if your pierced wound is infected:
- Pain that doesn't improve after one to two days
- Unreasonably severe pain or swelling
- There is an odorless yellow pus
- Prolonged bleeding
- Excessive redness
Consult a doctor if you find any of the symptoms above. In addition, do not try to remove the piercing yourself because it is feared that it will aggravate the infection.
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