Nashua Telegraph: Piercings may be popular, but they can lead to problems

bodysparkleMay 31, '10

The Nashua Telegraph recently covered complications associated with piercings. The article notes growing concern from physicians and researchers on the various problems that can occur from piercings:

A recent study published by the British Medical Journal reported that 28 percent of all people who got non-earlobe piercing experienced a complication – usually, swelling, residual bleeding, slow healing or infection – with half of the complications serious enough that the patient sought help from a medical professional.

“It is vital that anyone considering a piercing ensures that they go to a reputable piercer to reduce the risk of problems,” said Dr. Fortune Ncube, a researcher with Britain’s National Health Protection Agency, who led the study.

Despite the troubling statistics, body jewelry enthusiasts still find that the positives of piercings — coupled with easy common sense prevention techniques — outweigh the potential risks. So, tell us BodySparklers: Have you ever had a complication from a piercing? Did you have to seek medical advice from a doctor? How do you keep your piercings clean and free of infection?

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