Body piercing myths debusted

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Piercing your body with a piece of metal seems to be really in style these days, almost everyone wants to do so and not just one piercing, they want many. But there are a few myths regarding body piercing which if busted, would actually help a lot of people. Although not everyone is brave enough to get a piercing, busting a few myths might just increase the confidence of these people. Here we reveal the truth behind piercing and tell you what the myths really are.

1. Piercing can lead to paralysis

Paralysis isn’t really an effect of the piercing process. After you get a piercing done, if an infection develops and you don’t take any medication or care for it, then you might have a slight chance of having paralysis. Paralysis has never really been an instant result after a piercing gone wrong. If you look after you’re piercing properly, then you don’t really have to worry about this.

2. Getting a piercing is the most painful thing ever

A lot of people are scared when it comes to getting piercing because they don’t want to go through the pain. Truth is, it isn’t nearly as painful as people say it is. On the other hand, don’t really think that getting a body piercing is painless, but it doesn’t really hurt extremely bad. A lot of people worry about the pain and think that it is going to be excruciating, but it is far from that.

3. Blowing our nose after getting a nose piercing is impossible

You can sleep in peace knowing that even with a nose piercing blowing your nose is still as easy as it used to be! If you have an extremely big piece of jewellery in your nose then it might turn out to be an obstacle but if you have the general stud nose rings, you won’t have to worry at all. All you have to do is get used to blowing your nose with something being stuck to it.

4. The safest way to get a piercing done is by using a piercing gun

Lots of people think that the safest way to get anything pierced is by using the trusty piercing gun. There are various reasons for which this method is actually deemed as the most unsafe method. For starters, your body is more prone to getting an infection this way. Also, there are various parts of the gun, which can’t really be sterilized so the risk of infection increases right there by ten folds. Surveys show that majority of people get infections like Hepatitis from piercing guns.

5. Drinking beer after getting an oral piercing leads to yeast formation

Although this is a myth, you shouldn’t really start to celebrate just yet. Professionals do not recommend drinking any sort of alcohol if you have an oral piercing. It destroys the skin tissue which has been newly formed and it also can lead to swelling. If you have a really healthy lifestyle then you will find that your piercings will heal up in no time at all.

6. There is absolutely no problem with having a little bit of alcohol before a piercing

Alcohol before a piercing is a very bad idea. It causes excess bleeding as well as swelling. Plus you might have poor judgement. Piercing drunken people is quite difficult and most parlors don’t really piece people who have had alcohol before a piercing.

7. Bleeding to death is possible if a particular vein in your tongue gets damaged

You can’t completely rule this out as a myth but it isn’t as bad as it sounds. In arterial structure is present which causes an excessive amount of bleeding if it is pierced. At first you won’t even notice it. This is because the blood is going to drool down your tongue. Before even realizing what is happening, you might fall sick and you might need medication. Although this is possible, most of the people who pierce are highly trained and hence the occurrence of this is highly unlikely.

8. Piercings aren’t sterile

A lot of people think that piercing aren’t very sterile and you might have even hear horror stories about piercings. But at the end of the day, it entirely depends on the place from which you get your piercing done. If you go to a shop which has a clean environment and is reputed then rest assure that the piercings will be sterile.

9. The best way to help a piercing heal is to clean it repeatedly

Common sense says that if you clean something a lot of times, it will heal faster. Problem is, too much of anything is always bad for you. The maximum amount of times you should clean a piercing is twice in a day. If you over clean you might land up getting rid of the tissue cells which are healthy.

9. Turning jewelry is going to heal the hole up faster

You can turn the jewelry as many times as you want in a day, it won’t help speed up the process. If you rotate jewelry more than thrice a day, all it does is retard the process even more. The entire process of tissue healing gets disrupted. The tissue breaks and thus the healing process have to start all over again. Only when you clean the piercing do you have to rotate the jewelry, not more than that. But the best thing to do would be not to turn it when you clean it the first few times.

10. The natural way to heal a piecing is by applying salt water

You should apply the mid sea salt water soaks. Make sure that you stay away from the salt water solutions. You should opt for salt sea’s they don’t really have iodine which the regular table salt has. Iodine actually destroyed the skin tissues.

11. If the piercing gets infected the jewelry needs to be removed immediately

If you want pus in your skin or your skin to close all over the infection then you should remove the jewelry. Once you find pus occurring then you will have to remove the entire thing surgically and hence getting rid of jewellery during the infection doesn’t really sound like a good idea, does it?

12. Applying Betadine heals an infected piercing

Once upon a time, this is a good technique for aftercare but then now a days, this method is no longer accepted. This is mainly because all it does is destroy the new skin cells. Try mixing your skin cells and Betadine and watch it under a microscope, you will find it exploding, literally!

13. The piercing hole does not close after a few years of having the piercing

If you are feeling lucky, then you could try and take a chance. Studies show that the amount of time a piercing is going to be open depends on the individual body of people. Sometimes you will find really old piercing closing up in a matter of minutes.

14. Genital piercings are more painful and have a higher chance of infection than others

Although for quite some time piercing your genitals was a taboo. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that piercing it hurts more or that you might get infections more quickly. Piercing your genitals is quite similar to getting other piercings done. But these types of piercings are definitely a lot more intense. This is because of the psyche of people which is scared of the amount of hurt which these piercings might cause.

15. Piercing your very own self is hundred percent safe

If piercing yourself was safe, there wouldn’t be professionals out there. You will never be able to sterilize your equipment and jewellery and the entire environment won’t be as clean as what you get at a store.

16. It is possible to damage the stomach while getting a naval piercing

This is actually quite far from the truth. If you opt for a professional piercer then you don’t really have anything to worry about. The professionals are the people who get paid a lot to carry out their jobs, which means that they carry it out well. Plus the abdominal muscles protect the walls of the stomach and piercing through it is quite difficult if not impossible. So worrying about your stomach getting damaged while getting a naval piercing is something which you really should not be worrying about.

17. Body piercing is a passing fad

A fad is basically something which doesn’t last. But this isn’t really true. Body piercing has been continuing in our society for more than 30 years, so calling it a fad is quite in appropriate.

18. Bruises, bleeding, swelling or discomfort after piercing is a sign of infection

Jumping to conclusions isn’t really necessary all the time. These sometimes might just be a part of the healing process of the body. Sometimes bleeding and swelling can be normal, it doesn’t always have to mean that the piercing is infected.

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