There are many reasons why people get their body parts pierced. Many people associate body piercing as a religious devotion more like a solemn pledge of their loyalty to someone or an eternal entity, some get it because it looks aesthetic, some due to sexual gratification, some due to commemorative modification or personal beautification. Whether you view body piercings as personal beautification or mutilation, there are many reasons people consider piercing. No matter what the reason for a tattoo or piercing is, a person’s decision to receive a modification is an intensely personal decision. Well, there are many types of piercing around the globe, most trendy ones are, lip, nose, cartilage and tongue piercing.
Getting a piercing could be a painful task if the pierced body part isn’t taken care of properly, the perils of developing an infection over that area increases largely.
[su_heading size=”30″]Cartilage Piercing[/su_heading]
One of the trendiest body modification is cartilage piercing. The mods of cartilage piercing are the basic out earlobe and the nose. Many men and women like a studded bead to be worn while some prefer ring or any other jewelry.
It takes few minutes to get the piercing done, you might be surprised to know the fact that the initial pain while getting your cartilage pierced isn’t that much but the pain gradually develops, and it takes around 2 weeks to a month (or in some cases up to 3months for it to fully heal) for the pierced part to stop hurting. It also depends on how well you’ve taken care of that area, if the care is done with negligence then it may cause infection over that area. The infection can occur if non-sterilized needles are used during the process. If the jewelry is being changed right after getting your cartilage pierced, or if you sleep on the side that was pierced. All these reasons cause healing complications and discomfort.
How to identify infection:
A piercing is a beautiful wound we will give to ourselves, could be the pathway for bacteria’s and other microorganisms into our body. An infection could be detected if you see a red bump or patchy area forming around your pierced area. Sometimes a watery blister also forms around the infected cartilage area which is both painful and gross at the same time.
A yellow-pus like discharge, while itching and burning sensation are also commonly observed.
[su_box title=”Home remedies for cartilage piercing” style=”soft” box_color=”#63cf60″ radius=”17″][su_list icon=”icon: mail-forward” icon_color=”#d41514″]Wash your hands with a good hand wash and rinse it with soapy water, use sanitizer afterward. In mild warm water, add ¼ teaspoon of salt and rinse the area carefully without forcing the infected part or touching it, 3 times a day. You can also use cotton, dip the cotton in the saltwater and gently move it in a circular motion around the infected area.[/su_list]
[su_list icon=”icon: mail-forward” icon_color=”#d41514″]Avoid using alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or antibiotic lotions since it will create more irritation. Don’t remove the piercing as it will give a more free area for bacteria to move in. Pat the area dry using a paper towel.[/su_list]
[su_list icon=”icon: mail-forward” icon_color=”#d41514″]Do not get a piercing for the next 6-months around the same area. If the irritation or infection persist visit doctor for professional help.[/su_list][/su_box]
[su_heading size=”30″]Tongue Piercing[/su_heading]
Tongue piercing is similar like we do in other parts of the body, the main difference is the piercing is located on the mouth, so it’s said as a tongue piercing. Typically, the piercing is done in the middle of the tongue to avoid hitting a nerve or damaging the webbing, or frenulum (that is the part which connects the tongue with the bottom of the mouth which sometimes it is also gets pierced). Most people get multiple and different types of tongue piercing, either people do diamond and triangle shape or have snake bite type piercing which is on the center of the tongue.
How to get a tongue piercing?
First, find a professional which has a good reputation in a society or ask your pals to refer to you if they have done piercing before. Try to find in the city rather than finding in rural areas. Usually, tongue piercing costs $50 but it may be less or more it depends if you choose multiple tongue piercings or special tongue ring.
Secondly after choosing your jewelry for piercing and confirmed by your piercer that tongue barbell or jewelry is long enough to account any swelling that you might experience after being pierced, your piercer will autoclave the jewelry to sterilize it and prepare a sterile field, using clamps, needle, and other tools needed for your tongue piercing. Sometimes a special mouthwash is given before the piercing. Then your piercer will determine the best placement for your piercing than with the help of a hollow needle that allows the jewelry to be pulled through easily without discomforting you. Then put a screw on the bottom ball you’re piercing is finally done. This should be noted that at starting you will feel uncomfortable due to the length of piercing after the swelling will be subsided you must see your piercer again for changing of piercing then shorter barbell will be replaced and you will feel comfortable afterward.
[su_box title=”Home remedies for tongue piercing:” style=”soft” box_color=”#63cf60″ radius=”17″]Experiencing pain is a side effect of any piercing, especially if it is tongue piercing. At the starting experiencing significant swelling, light bleeding, bruising and tenderness is normal within the first three to five days.
After 5 days you may experience a secretion of a white-colored fluid along with some swelling if this does not stop then you need to consult a medical professional but do not remove the tongue jewelry. To avoid any painful infections and keeping your piercing clean you need to follow some of the things.
Rinse your mouth every day for 30 to 60 seconds with alcohol-free and anti-bacterial, mouthwash. Once a day rinse your mouth with saline solution or warm salt water. Preferably use sea salt rather than iodine salt because it heals slower according to the Sydney Medical Body Piercing Clinic. And lastly brush your teeth twice a day.[/su_box]
[su_heading size=”30″]Daith Piercing[/su_heading]
For this type of piercing ear’s innermost cartilage fold, the crux of the helix, the soft curvy part is pierced.
The piercing is done commonly using a straight hollow needle since it minimizes the pain.
Pain method for daith piercing works quite opposite to that of ear’s cartilage piercing. A sharp and intense pain is felt while you get your daith pierced for about 10-15 seconds, the real ache starts after a couple of minutes and lasts for a couple of hours. Over the next few days pain gradually decreases, but it is important to keep this in mind that it can take approximately 9-months for a daith piercing area to completely heal which means, your chances of getting an infection is more likely.
Infection could be caused due to natural reasons like sweat and order bodily fluids interacting with the pierced area, letting bacteria to grow.
How to identify infection:
Intense irritation and pain upon touch, redness and the itchy area around the pierced part. Warmth could be felt around the infected area. A yellowish-green pus discharge, creating a foul smell. Swelling around the pierced part and in some cases, fever can also occur around 101 F or higher.
[su_box title=”Home remedies for Daith piercing:” style=”soft” box_color=”#63cf60″ radius=”17″]Wash your hands with hand wash or soap and soapy water. Use a mild cleanser and gently cleanse the area.
* Do not use products or cleanser which contains hydrogen peroxide or alcohol.
* Clean the entire area around the daith piercing gently, including the area directly outside of the ear canal. Then use a dry cloth or paper towel to dry the area. Repeat these steps 3 times a day, for infection to go away quickly.
* Another way to treat the infection at home is using a warm compress. This helps drain the infection and relieve pain and swelling. Soaking the infection in a warm saline solution can also help cure the infection.
* How to prepare a warm compress:
* Fill a clean, cloth-based product, such as a sock, with rice, oats or beans; seal the compress so that none of the contents spills.
* Microwave it compresses for 30 seconds.
* Place a clean cloth or other barriers between the cushion and the ear.
* Apply the warm compress to your ear for 20 minutes.
* Repeat this twice a day for relief.
* You can also get a wet towel, place it in the microwave for 30 seconds and apply it to your ear for 20 minutes at a time. To soak the area:
* Mix 1/4 tablespoon of salt or the salty mixture with 8 ounces of hot, distilled water in a small cup or container that is large enough for your ear.
* Soak the ear in the solution for a few minutes. Repeat this several times and replace the solution regularly.
* After the area is soaked, use a clean cloth or a mesh to dry the area.
* Repeat these steps two or three times a day until the infection clears up.
* Try these methods along with this do not try to change jewelry and avoid using antibiotics and creams.[/su_box]
[su_heading size=”30″]Lip Piercing[/su_heading]
There are several ways a lip is pierced. The soft fleshy part of the lips is pierced, carefully done to avoid any tissue damage which can cause depigmentation. most lip piercings require at least of six to eight weeks to heal, the healing process can vary and depends on the type of lip piercing you have got i.e. Madonna type piercing can take up to 3 or more months and on what lip the piercing is done like upper or lower lip.
Lip piercing infection could occur due to non-sterilized equipment use. Consumption of drinks that have yeast, before the lip is completely healed or touching your lip with dirty or unwashed hands.
How to identify an infection:
An intense and persistent pain for over a week, accompanied by swelling and redness of the pierced area. Extreme difficulty is chewing the food. Small blisters or rashes around the pierced part.
Other symptoms may include fever, pus discharge with a foul smell and burning sensation.
[su_box title=”Home remedies for lip piercing infection:” style=”soft” box_color=”#63cf60″ radius=”17″]Avoid the consumption of alcohol and quit smoking while the area is healing. Use ice over the infected area. Eat yogurt due to its antifungal and antibacterial qualities, one cup daily. Use the saltwater method or warm compress method as discussed above.[/su_box]
Navel piercing or belly button piercing is done around the navel area of the belly button. The pain is less as compared to other body parts getting pierced. A sharp needle quickly pierces the skin leaving behind a tingly pain for few seconds.
The pain lessens gradually in 3 to 4 weeks but it takes 3-6 months for a navel piercing to be fully healed.
Navel piercing infection could occur due to bacteria and other hurting microorganisms entering the through the pierced area. It also occurs due to getting pierced with nonsterile equipment. The infection could also occur if a person goes swimming in the first few weeks of getting a navel piercing since chlorine in pools could react with the jewelry causing irritation.
The symptoms of navel piercing infection could be swelling, redness or discoloration around the area pierced. Clear discharge could also be seen that dries and forms a crystal-like crust around the piercing. Other symptoms include soars and blisters.
[su_box title=”Home remedies for navel piercing:” style=”noise” box_color=”#63cf60″ radius=”17″]Use the saltwater method to gently cleanse the area and warm compress method to dry the pus discharge. Avoid using ointments and creams. Well, body modification comes with a little pain.
If the pain and infection persist even after trying all the home remedies and are then immediately consult a doctor for professional care and guide because we can never be sure when an infection could take a serious turn plus it’s better safe than to be sorry.[/su_box]