Top 10 Side Effects of Body Piercing


Over the centuries, humans have developed amusing behaviors with cultural cognition from various social practices. Actually, society is a name to communal traditions that emerge with fashion and style. All these customs are habitually related to socio-cultural values or also referred to some scientific perception. These behaviors, as a derivative of societal convention, cultural or religious beliefs, or as a structure of daily life, become an integral part of our uniqueness.

Within this very personality, body piercing has become one of the fashionable practices in our societies, prevailing since 5th millennium century back. Obviously, the oldest tradition of body piercing was discovered in the Egyptian mummies and other various practices of ear piercing, nose piercing and genitals piercing are found to have developed from Indian, African and Roman cultures. And today, we see amazing Guinness World Records for permanent or temporary body piercing.

Beside its popular culture, the practice of body piercing is as much controversial as its ancient tradition. In some societies, body piercing has socio-cultural values to be relevant; but, it is generally abused in hippy culture as a precarious practice. The practice is, of course, stylish; but, several specialists suggest that body piercing has various long-term and serious side effects. As the hype of body piercing is growing, several physical and sanitary problems of body piercing have been reported.

If you are curious enough to be acquainted with the harms of body piercing, here is the list of top 10 side effects of body piercing for you.

10. Allergic Retort

allergy retort- side effect of body piercingBody piercing involves the use of metal piercing tools, which leads to allergic response to metals. Jewelry or ring piercing on several body parts including ear, nose, tongue and belly button is vulnerable to allergy caused by Nickel, Titanium, Niobium and other piercing metals. Studies report that contact eczema, rhinitis, pruritus and urticarial allergy is induced by Nickel. Also, other forms of metal piercing have high tendency of severe allergy to p-Phenylenediamine (PPD). One of the common allergic effects of body piercing is skin lymphocyte. Along with infectious allergies, body piercing also has non-infectious complications of allergic contact dermatitis. There are new developed stainless steel metal piercing tools, but they also aren’t completely free from Nickel, which is most aberrant to allergic reactions.

9. Contagious Infection

contagious infection- side effects of body piercingBody piercing is trendy, but you would bombshell to know that it is infectious to life-threatening diseases. As body piercing is an organic contrivance, it is terminal at risk to bacterial or viral infections. Contagious infections are again aroused by allergic reactions due to metal piercing. Mostly, tongue and naval piercing can grow micro bacterial infections prominent to deadly diseases including Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. It is reported that the patients of diabetes and skin disease are more likely catch hazardous bacterial infection. It is seen that the infections are generally followed by clinical fever, abdominal pain and formation of abscess. Once the patient catches an infection of cellulitis, the infection has to be cured surgically with antibiotic therapy.

8. Tissue Scraping

Tissue Scraping- side effects of body piercingNasal piercing commonly gives a person with a scar tissue, especially, formation of keloid scar. Keloid scar is a nonthreatening type of tumor, which unwantedly grows in the area of damage. Tissue scraping carries a considerable risk of injury often leaving patients with psychological conditions. Tissue scar is also common in ear and lip piercing which generates medical complications of cyst formation, large scars or tears and inflammation. These sorts of complications are not only reported to traditional piercing, but also persist with nontraditional piercing as well. Tissue scraping is usually symptomized with increasing redness, swelling and discharge of blister. People often mistake with scars, crashes and keloids around their piercing as pimples and try to pop that out, but it harmfully leads to bacterial infections.

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Shashwat is an architectural engineering student in Nepal. He is an avid writer and loves to write different interesting top 10s.

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