When to avoid piercing?

Unlike tattoos, piercings are considered non-permanent because of the ability for pierced individuals to remove the piercing if they feel it is no longer necessary. Just because piercing are not viewed as a permanent way to alter your body, doesn't mean that the effects a piercing may have on the body won't be permanent.

Here are some important info that you should keep in mind:

Cheek your health condition
Visit a doctor. Make sure that your completely healthy before you get pierced. If your suffering from some disease, such as hemophilia (difficult blood coagulation), hemorrhage? (quick appearance of bruises due to rupture of blood vessels), diabetes, allergy to iodine, creams, metals, blood pressure problems, pregnancy (possible skin problems, dizziness, inability to endure the tattoo process, droop). In the case of pregnancy, consulting a doctor is highly recommended. You must not be hungry, sleepy (tiredness and lack of energy may cause nervousness, uncontrolled movements of the body, increased sensitivity and, in some cases, fainting). Piercing is not for you!

Healing Time
Piercings have a long healing process because so many factors control how fast a piercing will heal. Exposure to every day elements, such as unchlorinated water, clothing, sweat and dirt can keep your piercing from healing as quickly as possible.

Improper sterilization of needles used for piercing or not keeping the piercing clean can lead to serious medical problems. Hepatitis and HIV are transferred through blood and bodily fluid and will spread from person to person if equipment hasn't been properly sterilized and has come in contact with an infected person.

Improper Piercing Supplies
Unprofessional body piercers and some shopping mall stores do piercings using a piercing gun, usually for the ears, but is used for other areas as well. The Association of Professional Piercers, also known as the APP, states that piercing guns cannot be properly sterilized. Blood can collect in the gun itself, causing the transmission of life threatening diseases and infections. Piercing guns are also looked down upon because of the force and crushing pressure a gun uses to pierce can cause further injury to the body part being pierced. The piercing studs used in a piercing gun can also cause problems due to the length of the posts. Posts used to freshly pierce a body part or too short for the swelling that will occur. Posts can get embedded into the skin around the piercing site causing further complications.