Do what you can to help prevent problems.
Think about the following guidelines and information before making your
decision to pierce a part of your body.
tetanus shot before your body piercing if you have not
had one in the past 10 years.
Choose an experienced person to do
the body piercing. Ask the person doing the piercing how he or she cleans the
equipment and what
safety standards he or she follows. Sterile gloves,
sterilized equipment, and appropriate jewelry should be used. A fresh pair of
gloves should be used for each procedure. Make sure that the operator
washes his or her hands before putting on the gloves.
Ask the operator to change his or her gloves if he or she answers the telephone
or does anything else during your procedure.
Check the studio to
see if it looks clean.
To prevent problems with metal allergies,
appropriate jewelry. Only buy jewelry that is surgical
steel (300-grade), 14- or 18-karat gold, niobium, titanium, or approved acrylic
products. Avoid jewelry made of other metals, particularly nickel. Many people
develop an allergy to nickel.
Do not allow a person doing a body
pierce to use an earlobe "gun" on any part of your body. These guns can cause
serious injury to other body tissues. The gun handle cannot be fully sterilized
and may come in contact with your skin if used on other parts of your
Consider the social or emotional risk of having a body
piercing. Many people make negative value judgments about people with body
To protect others from disease, tell the person doing
the body pierce if you have had
hepatitis C, or
HIV. If you have hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV,
make sure any jewelry you use is sterilized before it is used and is not shared
with anyone else.
Check with your city or county health department
to find out whether there have been any complaints about the studio you are
thinking of using.