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Piercings: Kinds And Safety Tips

Medically reviewed by Martha Juco, MD · Aesthetics

Written by Hello Doctor Medical Panel · Updated Oct 10, 2022

Piercings: Kinds And Safety Tips

Along with the nostrils and belly button, the earlobes are the safest and most popular body parts to get pierced. The earlobe flesh heals well when the area is cleaned frequently and the piercing is done at the proper angle. On the other hand, nostrils tend to heal quickly because the piercing is done through the cartilage and bleeding is minimal.

Although the piercing itself is typically more painful, the risks of infection are lower and proper healing is facilitated when any newly pierced area is kept clean and touching is kept to a minimum. The eyebrow and various parts of the ear, including the conch, tragus, and cartilage of the upper ear are safe for piercings. The nipples are also a common area for piercing.

What are the Risks of Getting Piercings?

Any piercing has the potential for problems, such as

  • Adverse responses. Some piercing jewelry, especially those made of nickel, may result in allergic reactions
  • Oral health issues, especially if one chooses a tongue piercing
  • Skin irritation
  • Bloodborne illnesses due to unhygienic handling and dirty tools
  • Rip or injury
  • Care After a Piercing

    A piercing is essentially wounding your body. So it is crucial that you be attentive during the healing process. The most important step in this process is avoiding infection because if a fresh piercing becomes infected, the skin may heal over the infection and cause serious problems.

    Although there is a risk of infection, especially for piercings in the belly button, nose, and earlobes, taking adequate care of your piercings greatly minimizes the likelihood of infection.

    Neglecting to carefully follow aftercare guidelines may cause the pierced region to swell, but it is also possible to experience more serious bodily effects, such as pus building up in the infected area, the surrounding skin stiffening, and heavy bleeding.

    At least three times a day, clean the front and back of the piercing area with a cotton swab. In addition, while cleaning, rotate the earrings completely to prevent the earring from sticking to the ear.

    Get Pierced by Professionals

    Professional piercers use single-use needles that are hollow and frequently have triangular tips that are razor-sharp. These needles are designed to create accurate piercing openings without removing any extraneous tissue. 

    Make sure to work with a qualified professional to do the procedure and don’t forget to take good care of your new piercing.

    What Should I Tell the Piercer Before the Procedure?

    Your body’s immune system and capacity to fight illness can be impacted by a variety of factors. Tell the person piercing you if you use blood thinners or steroids, have diabetes, heart issues, a compromised immune system, or any other medical disorders. Also, consult your doctor before getting a piercing.

    Key Takeaway

    The most common places to get pierced are the ears, nose, lips, tongue, and belly button. If you’re thinking about getting a piercing you should find a qualified professional. After getting a piercing, it’s quite normal for the area to be swollen and tender. Sometimes it will bleed. To ensure quick healing, clean your piercing twice a day with soap and water.

    Learn more about Skincare and Cleansing here


    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Martha Juco, MD


    Written by Hello Doctor Medical Panel · Updated Oct 10, 2022

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