Health, Skin Care

The Risks of Piercing

tongue piercing

The studs in delicate areas, such as tongue and genitals can be dangerous. And do not increase the pleasure.

Because adolescents (and others) like the piercing?

Those who do a piercing, they consider it as an embellishment of the body, and also a mark of distinction from those who do not (although, like all distinctions which then become mass, at the end it can become an expression of conformism).

For some it is a rite of initiation, a kind of sign of passage that many teens seek because it makes them feel big and different. For other guys is a little game, especially if the piercing is on the less risky, such as the earlobe or nose. There are young couples who choose the piercing together, as a sign of belonging.

Finally, you can practice the piercing seduced by the idea that could increase the sensual pleasure of yourself and partners: an urban legend. For example, it has never been shown that tongue piercing can increase the oral pleasure.

What are the risks?

Many people, especially if it’s done by an improvised piercer, not using disposable needles and strictly sterilized material. The danger is more important and frequently transmits the AIDS virus, hepatitis, papillomavirus, and even tetanus, when you go to insert metal rings into the parts of the body; which are the most sensitive anatomical structure, vascularization and innervation, such as the genitals or nipples.

Also the tongue piercing, especially if done by people who do not have specific experience, can cause prolonged bleeding, loss of sensation, loss of taste or injury, interference with the fluidity of language and even chewing. The swelling of the tongue after the piercing, can last three to four months. Not to mention the injuries to the teeth and gums, and the possibility that the ring will be swallowed.

Other complications include allergic reactions, especially of nickel, and infection with redness, swelling and pain, which may result in the removal of the ring, sometimes complicated if the tissue is inflamed abscess on delicate organs, like the tongue or genitals. The piercing can also cause exuberant scars (keloids), or migration of the ring, if it is too small or improperly inserted.

When to be concerned, from a psychological standpoint?

If the piercing is excessive and obsessive, it may indicate a profound disturbance in the relationship with your body. If you express a psychological tension that the young cannot cope, then your body becomes the territory of a mysterious and cruel internal war, and manifests with an aggressiveness and unhappiness, unconsciously revolts against yourself.

So what? Piercing yes or no?

Yes, if you really like, but after 18 years old, and if the parents are opposed.Yes, if done by competent person and attentive to the sterilization and hygiene, including the use of sterile gloves.

Yes, but avoiding sensitive parts of the body, including the tongue, nipples and genitals, whose damage, especially to nerve injury and infection, can cause chronic pain and sexual dysfunction to irreversible anatomical lesions.

No piercing in situations not hygienically perfect or sensitive locations.

No to DIY. Many studies suggest that 50% of body piercing among adolescents is made by other teens, with apparent enhancement of risk.