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People have been piercing their bodies for thousands of years, but whilst modern day teenagers are more likely to be doing it to make a fashion statement than to intimidate their enemies, the potential health problems are much the same. Most piercing, if carried out in a safe and surgical environment, shouldn’t pose any health problems, but there are several infections, including Hepatitis B & C that can be passed by use of dirty instruments. You can also develop bacterial infections around the piercing, resulting in air or pus filled cysts that can develop into much more serious problems. Piercing carried out in the genitals should be looked after with increased care, as infections down here can inhibit sexual intercourse and urination – which is quite a price to pay for an piercing that (hopefully) most people won’t see…

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My doctor has told me to take my snug piercing out as it is infected and the longer it's in there the infection won't go , she said the infection is clinging to the metal bar . I went to my piercer to have it out and he said taking it out was a bad idea as if indeed it was infected it would just trap the infection, so he just put a longer bar in . I am on antibiotics already but I don't know what to do , take it out or leave it





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I would probably listen to your doctor and take it out.

I had my tounge pierced about 8 years ago,only a few years ago I started getting this cramp in my throte leading up to my tounge, it mostly happens when I eat an feels like I'm being strangled, I know if I go to my doctor, he'll just fob me off and say it's because of my piercing but I thought it's been quite a while from piercing and the episodes. Any advice thank you





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I got my conch pierced about 3 days ago with a CBR and have been babying it pretty well, but last night I rolled over on it while sleeping and it has not stopped bleeding all day. Like DRIPPING blood, soaking through paper towels, etc. Anything anyone suggests besides just letting it clot? It's sore and hurts a little obviously, but nothing warm or infection-y feeling/looking. It's just really angry at me





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I recently had my tragus and cartalidge pierced, my mum told me to use sabayon spray to clean it should I use it?





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I had my belly priced 4 months ago everything was fine until now for the past couple of weeks there's been a red ball that has had puss coming out and bleeding.i think it might be infected as a couple of weeks ago I lost the ball to my bar so I out a new bar in is this why it is like this please I need advixe





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My nose ring is infected, but I can't take it out as it's stuck. Do I go a&e?





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Hi, I had my nipple pierced a year and a half ago and have been suffering with a blood/puss blister most of the time which when it's building up is very painful. Once it has leaked it feels much better but it has been so long now and I just don't know what to do... The doctor put me on antibiotics which never helped and I've tried the normal salt water washes etc. I Really don't want to have to take it out but I'm starting to really get upset about it now, especially when it catches on my bra or when my bf can't even touch me there because it hurts too much, plus it looks gross! Help, please!!





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Hi I got my tongue pierced about 3 nearly 4 days ago, I woke up and I had congealed blood all over my tongue. It's bleeding tiny amounts on and off throught the day. Is this normal? I trust the piercer and have 14 others and am following my after care to the T. But I am a smoker so maybe that's what the problem is?





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i have had my tongue pierced twice and both times there was blood, so this is completely normal, and if you are a smoker you should try to limit it due to the smoke drying out the whole and letting in the smoke, maintain mouth wash after smoking and eating :)

I had my nose pierced about two months ago now and a few days ago i noticed a small bump forming underneith the piercing, ive tried salt rubs and the normal cleaning solution, nothings working- any suggestions? help! its not painful or filled with pus its just a bump





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Hiya I saw your status about a bump forming under neath your nose piercing and I just want to tell you that I got my nose pierced a few months back and I had a lump under neath my piercing and I found out it is called a keloid and just to tell you that I used tea tree oil in not sure I think I got the tea and tree muddled up but anyway if you put that on your piercing twice a day they it might be gone after a week :) I hope I helped you :)

Im 46, a year and a half ago I was very naive had a VCH (vaginal hood piercing), it was quite painful to have done and after a week of swelling, weeping and soreness I decided to have it removed. Since then I have limited feeling in that area and trying to orgasm with total numbness is so frustrating. I assume it was pierced through a nerve or tore something. Is there any medical procedure that could bring back any feeling around that area or am I going to be in this numb state forever? I deeply wish I could turn back the clock and not had it done.





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If you only had your "hood" pierced and is getting all those problems it could be 1/3 things: pierced incorrectly, not cleaned correctly/thoroughly, body rejecting jewelry. You should have seen your doctor and piercer


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