Labret Piercing Risks

Body piercing has become popular in the last decade, going far beyond simple ear piercing. Both men and women are now piercing their noses, tongues, ears, eyebrows, nipples, navels and their genitals. Unfortunately, various medical complications can arise from body piercings, including serious infections that require surgery, contact dermatitis and rashes caused by metal allergies or the piercing technique.

Humans have practiced lower lip piercing, known as "labret piercing," since ancient times. The Mayan, Eskimo, Hindu, Chinese and American Indian cultures all have recorded histories of labret piercing, most often in relation to spiritual rituals and rites of passage, according to a study published in "The Open Dentistry Journal."

Body art has seen a surge in popularity which began in the 1970s and shows no sign of stopping. Eyebrow, tongue and genital piercings are now common within a demographic of people who wish to express themselves through body art. Unfortunately, procedures such as labret piercing are not without risk.

Nerve Damage
Sensory and motor nerves located in the lower lip region can be severed and damaged by piercing, according to "The Open Dentistry Journal." Nerve damage can result in loss of mobility in your facial muscles or loss of feeling to your face, a condition medically referred to as "paresthesia."

Allergic Reaction
You may experience an allergic reaction to the metals used in the jewelry inserted in your piercing. Contact dermatitis is the most common allergic reaction. Allergic reactions often manifest as a "weeping, crusting, itchy wound." Nickel is the most common culprit in allergic reactions to body jewelry. You should use surgical-grade stainless steel, 14-karat gold or titanium labret jewelry in order to avoid infection.

Redness and swelling can occur around the pierced area, and swollen glands often accompany the infection. The spread of infection to the bloodstream can lead to septic shock, a life-threatening disease.

You should be especially wary of piercings if you are prone to keloids-overgrowths of scar tissue that form around wounds.

Bloodborne Disease
Take care to ensure the your piercing is done under strictly sterile conditions. Improper sterilization of piercing instruments can introduce bacteria and viruses into your bloodstream.

There is the risk of the labret jewelry becoming snagged on some external object and tearing either through the skin, or upwards through the lip. This can result in disfiguring scars to the face.

Causes of Labret Piercing Infection
There are number of reasons for an infection, such as the entry of pathogens, namely, bacteria and fungi into the freshly pierced part of the labret. It can also be triggered in case of one wearing very tight jewelry or having been undergone labret piercing with the help of a piercing gun. It may lead to staph infection. The improper and unhygienic ways of the piercing equipment with non-sterilized needles may lead to the transmission of even deadly diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Besides, unhygienic ways of living may also be the reason behind piercing infections.

Salt Water Soaks
Salt water soaks are necessary after a body piercing session. Cleaning a recently perforated area helps keep it safe from dirt and germs and prevents bacterial infection.

Add a tsp of sea salt into a glass containing 8 ounces of water. Mix this thoroughly. Soak a small cotton ball or Q-tip with a little of the solution and apply it to the pierced area. Throw the pad away and repeat the process with a new one. Continue this for 5-6 minutes. The session should be carried out twice daily till a month or two after the piercing session.

As you now know the risks and dangers associated with this kind of piercing, you must take the decision of getting this piercing done very carefully. Also, if you get the piercing done and observe any signs of infection or excessive bleeding, consulting your doctor or piercer immediately can save you from facing any kind of complications.

What to avoid:
Changing the jewel
Saunes, Pools, Sea etc
Wearing hats, unclean clothes
Taking off the jewelry for at least 3 weeks
Touching the piercing with dirty hands. Touching it will cause bacteria to spread and pain.
If you believe you may have an infection, see a doctor or the person that did your piercing.
Do not use rubbing alcohol to clean jewelry while it is in your ear as it will irritate the area.


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