Tea tree oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that can help in combating many types of infections.
Apart from curing the piercings fast, it also helps in reducing the irritation by preventing the spreading of infection.
If in case, your doctor had suggested using a different agent for cleaning piercers, then you should strictly avoid using tea tree oil. As it may confuse the adaptability process of your skin to external agents and cause irritation.
Side-effects of Piercing? Is it Dangerous?
Piercings have long been accepted in society and treated as symbols for modern age & fashion. These days it had become quite common especially among teens to put on piercing.
But most people ignore the potential risks they may cause over time. Such as Keloids, bumps and other infections.
According to a survey conducted by Northwestern University researchers Drs. Anne Laumann and Jaimee Holbrook, 20 percent of patients reported infections after piercing.
However, these infections are minor and localized in nature making them easy to treat.
we have listed all the possible side-effects. So you can check it one by one.
Potential Complications of Body Piercings
|PIERCING SITE||POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS
|Ear||Allergic reaction, auricular perichondritis, embedded earrings, infection, keloid formation, perichondral abscess, traumatic tear|
|Genitals (women)||Allergic reaction, compromise of barrier contraceptives, infection, keloid formation|
|Genitals (men)||Frictional irritation, infection, paraphimosis, penile engorgement, priapism, recurrent condyloma, urethral rupture, urethral stricture, urinary flow interruption|
|Mouth||Airway compromise, altered eating habits, gingival trauma, hematoma formation, increased salivary flow, infection, injury to salivary glands, interference with radiographs, loss of taste, Ludwig’s angina, pain, permanent numbness, speech impediments, tooth fracture or chipping, uncontrolled drooling|
|Navel||Bacterial endocarditis,* frictional irritation, infection, Jewelry migration and rejection|
|Nipples||Abscess formation, bacterial endocarditis,* breastfeeding impairment, infection|
|Nose||Infection, jewelry swallowing or aspiration, perichondritis and necrosis of nasal wall, septal hematoma formation|
1. Body Piercing Jewelry
When it comes to body piercing Jewelry, metals are used in general that are usually made of stainless gold, Niobium, titanium, or alloys.
Surgical stainless steel usually don’t cause infections or irritation but not all of them are nickel-free.
For example, if a piercing is made of gold, chances are enough for it contain a little quantity of nickel that helps in improving the hardness & durability of the piercing. But it most likely develops irritation to persons who are sensitive to nickel.
2. Oral Piercings
Oral piercings can lead to many complications such as ripping of lips and cheeks. Loose piercings pose a risk of being swallowed by the patients that may lead to severe consequences.
Tounge barbells are very hard, due to which they cause many dental problems such as Chipping (or fracture) of teeth.
3. Ear Piercings
The ear is the most common site for piercing and also the development of infections related to piercings such as allergic reaction, keloid formation, and traumatic tearing.
According to a study conducted by Simplot TC and Hoffman HT on “Comparison between cartilage and soft tissue ear piercing complications”, has revealed that up to 35 percent of persons with pierced ears had one or more complications.
4. Nose Piercing
Piercing the cartilage of nose can lead to intense bleeding and a significant amount of loss of blood followed a very serious type of infection.
It may further cause severe complications such as perichondritis and necrosis of the cartilaginous nasal wall.
In addition to that, you may swallow or aspirate the rings inside that may become very problematic requiring surgical removal.
5. Navel piercing
It is most common among women, especially in the newer generation. With the growing fashion, the navel or periumbilical area has been made the favorite self-piercing site for women.
But the friction caused due to tight clothing develop irritation frequently delaying the time for healing and increases the chances of infection.
How Long does Piercings take to Heal?
Approximate Healing Times for Body Piercing Sites
|SITE (PIERCING NAME)||TIME TO HEAL|
|Clitoris||2 to 6 weeks|
|Coronal Ridge (Dydoe)||6 to 8 weeks|
|Ear Lobe and auricle||6 to 8 weeks|
|Eyebrow||6 to 8 weeks|
|Glans Penis (ampallang)||3 to 9 months|
|Labia Majora||2 to 4 months|
|Labia Minora||2 to 6 weeks|
|Lip||6 to 8 weeks|
|Navel||Up to 9 months|
|Nipple||2 to 4 months|
|Scrotum (Hafada)||2 to 3 months|
|Tongue||3 to 6 weeks|
|Urethral Meatus (Prince Albert)||2 to 4 weeks|
The most common side-effects of Piercings include swelling, pain, slow healing times, bleeding.
What are Keloids?
Keloids are also as Wild meat. It is basically a tissue growth