How To Take Care Of Body Piercings and Side Effect Warnings

There are a lot of different ways for people to express themselves. Of course, not everybody has the time and resources to create a giant marble statue or write a series of novels. For most people, self-expression can be a matter as simple as putting on a particular kind of shirt, or wearing an interesting hat. For some people, self-assertion can go a little further than simply accessorizing and can be a little more… permanent.

Part of the appeal of body art like tattoos and body piercings, is that they can declare a person’s sense of identity and point of view, even when they’re going au natural. Between these two forms of body art, more people tend to do body piercing than tattoos though; especially since piercings are usually easy to do than tattoos.

As far as the question of how to take care of body piercing is concerned, barring infections or any other kinds of problems, it’s usually pretty easy. The body piercing side effects, on the other hand, can range from completely negligible, to excruciatingly painful. Of course, these depend on where the piercing will be located.

If you’re willing to take the pain that can come with piercing and the subsequent healing process, you can have piercings just about anywhere in the body. You can even have your genitals pierced; if that’s the way you want to express yourself.

Not very many people in Westernized societies are inclined to do this, but those who do often claim that the pierced erm… areas enjoy enhanced sensitivity and that the sexual experience is improved.

Uh. OK.

It might be worth it for some people, but for a lot of others, the unbelievable pain that, say, a Prince Albert or an Isabella might involve, simply doesn’t have enough of a payoff to make up for the horror of having your sensitive bits get stabbed through with a needle or a piercing gun. And that doesn’t even take into account the recovery periods that these piercings require.

On the issue of how to take care of body piercings in these places, a Prince Albert, which is a piercing through the head of a man’s… man-bits, has a healing period of two to four weeks. The Isabella piercing, which goes through the shaft of a woman’s clitoris, has one that is two to three months long.

Of course, there are a lot of other, less sensitive places to get piercings.

The most common and socially acceptable places for people -women in particular- to get piercings are on the lower lobes of the ears. These spots are pretty easy to take care of, and since ear lobes are mostly fatty tissue with hardly any nerve endings anyway, they hardly hurt at all, once the deed has been done. Other common places to get body piercings are on the nostril, the lip, belly button, and eyebrows.

Regardless of where you want to puncture that hole in your anatomy, once the deed is done, you will have to watch out for body piercing side effects, like the swelling that might initially happen during the healing process.

When you get pierced, usually, to make sure that the hole created by the needle or gun keeps, a piece of jewelry is placed there to make sure that the piercing keeps. This piece of jewelry is normally a stud or a barbell, which you may have to get replaced every now and then, especially if the area around the piercing swells too much.

Once your piercing starts healing, a white or yellowish discharge might show up on your jewelry. If there isn’t too much pain or swelling, you don’t have to worry; this is a normal part of the healing process. If there’s a lot of pain, and the area swells up a lot though, you might have an infection on your hands, and when this happens, it’s a good idea to get it checked by a doctor.

To keep infections and other problems, like blood-transmitted diseases, from happening, make sure that you get pierced by a professional who uses sterile instruments and practices good hygiene. You’ll also want to make sure that your piercing heals properly by keeping it clean with soap and water (never alcohol or hydrogen peroxide; these may kill germs, but they dry out the skin and slow down the healing process, too) and taking zinc and iron supplements, which will help your body heal more quickly.

Wherever you get your piercing; be it as innocuous as pierced ear lobes to something as radical as an Isabella, you will still always have to be careful so that you won’t have to suffer through body piercing side effects like infection, excessive swelling, or allergic reactions. You will have to learn how to take care of body piercings.

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Treatment of the Belly Button Piercing

Navel perforation is usually done above the navel, although sometimes it is also done under it. It is important to know that you can not have two perforations done simultaneously, because body tissues shrink during the healing process and channels interfere with each other to form freely. However, it is possible to have a perforation done above and under the belly button at the same time.

Treatment of the belly button piercing

The Navel is a place, where the body dirt amasses, which may cause a variety of infections. If the belly button has not dried completely, it can be subjected to generation of bacteria. So, as soon as you detect infections, inflammation and redness or feel itching or some other strange symptoms, you should take immediate steps to treat them.

Belly button piercing is located in one of the most flexible parts of the body. Constant movement of the waist can injure fresh perforations and the clothes you wear constantly rub and touch the wound. With the proper treatment the wound in the belly button heals completely in 3-4 months but in some cases the healing process may even last up to 12 months.

The duration of the healing depends upon various factors such as the state of your health, your weight, whether you keep to a diet, the clothes you wear, your occupation and, what is the most important, how carefully you take care of it. If you worry about possible difficulties with healing, it is better to insert a banana-shaped barbell than a ring first to make sure it will not rotate.

During the first 4-5 days after perforation your belly button usually look fine, and then you can detect some redness at the place where the jewelry enters the body. Some crust can begin to form around the piercing but you don’t have to worry because these are just dead white blood cells. There is going to be a small amount of liquid at the place of perforation that is a sign that your body fights the foreign matter. If it comes to profuse discharge and the liquid turns to yellowish or you feel pain and observe excessive redness, it could be a sign of a possible infection.

In 6-8 weeks the liquid discharge will have to diminish and there should be only some redness left around the piercing. The wound is not completely healed until the redness disappears at all. If you stop treating the wound before it heals, you can catch an infection.

Under Your Skin

As civilization marches forward, people will always be finding new ways to express themselves. While body modification has been around for centuries, the flux in the type and degree to which body modification is acceptable has been on the rise in recent years. For a long time, the only acceptable piercing in America seemed to be the earlobe, and then only if it was on a woman. I’m sure everyone nowadays has seen someone so exorbitantly bedecked with piercings on every flap of skin they could find, that the practice has almost become old-hat. That being said, some people may be still unaware of the evolution of piercing things that do not even require a hanging flap of skin-dermal piercings.

The differences between a dermal piercing and a traditional piercing is that instead of threading a piece of jewelry through a piece of skin, you are actually implanting one piece of jewelry underneath the sub dermal tissue of the skin, and using this as an “anchor” to hold the visible piece of jewelry. There are obviously certain complications with this method; one is that it can be quite painful, as it requires punching a deep hole in your skin to make sure that the anchor is deep enough to be effective. This is also a piercing generally reserved for those with extreme dedication to their body modification. Unlike conventional piercings that can simply be slipped in and out depending on the occasion, some even having the ability to heal if they are left out long enough, dermal piercings require a trained medical professional to uproot. Someone without medical training can perform the piercing itself because it only involves making a hole big enough to hold the anchor, then making sure it is secure. However, as the piercing heals, this piece of metal will become well entrenched in your body-you will not want someone without an MD trying to dig that out of you.

All complications aside, people are actually finding this a fairly appealing piercing to have. For one it allows you to have piercings in places that are easily hidden by clothes; if you’re a piercing fanatic, but still want to be desirable to employers and thus can’t get the full spectrum of facial piercings that have been in vogue for years, this is one way to get your fix. Furthermore, many piercers and piercing enthusiasts consider them to be a better mode of expression than standard piercings. While earrings and so forth can come in a variety of shapes, styles and designs, multiple dermal piercings can make their own. As dermal piercings can be done nearly anywhere on the body, you can plot points with them and make a sort of “connect-the-dots” version of an important symbol, or simply a design you find appealing.

Dermal piercings have erupted with such popularity among the counter-culture that it is likely that many more people will be drawn to them soon. Their ability to be concealed in most situations makes them ideal for the casual piercing lover, and their permanence appeals to the strong and rebellious piercing fanatic.