Piercings are not dangerous, as long as they are done by an experienced professional. This is why it’s so important to choose a knowledgeable piercer and a reliable piercing studio. Your health and welling depend on it, so it’s vital to choose wisely.
That being said, there is one thing you can do to minimize the risk a piercing can bring: you should be healthy. Being in good health is one of the main recommendations (often a requirement) to get any piercing done. Keep in mind that even the simplest piercing can become dangerous and difficult to heal if you are not healthy when the piercing is performed.
Piercers should refuse to pierce anyone who is not healthy enough to receive a piercing. In some cases, the health problem might not be visible so the client has to be disciplined enough to tell the piercer all about it or even seek the doctor’s permission.
What to Watch for?
Here are some of the health conditions you should watch for. A greater care is needed before getting a piercing. You should seek medical opinion and an advice from your doctor (preferably, the one who is piercing-friendly) and you should let your piercer know about your health problem.
Make sure to seek doctor’s opinion in the following cases:
- If you have a chronic condition such as hemophilia, diabetes or an auto-immune disorder. All of these can make the piercing procedure and healing process difficult.
- If you are pregnant. It’s best to leave piercings after childbirth. During pregnancy, your body has to focus on the developing child and does not need another task (healing a new piercing). That being said, you don’t necessarily have to retire an old piercing due to pregnancy (even a navel or nipple piercing).
- If you have a cold or fever. Even if it’s not serious it can interfere with the healing process. It’s much better to wait until you get better.
- If you use any medications or drugs. Make sure to check with your doctor if it’s ok to proceed with the piercing procedure under these conditions.
- If you have any underlying medical condition. It’ best to check with your doctor first.
People with pre-existing heart conditions wonder if it’s possible to get a piercing or if they have to forget about the idea. Earlier recommendations stated that a person with a known heart condition can get a piercing only with a doctor’s consent. This was particularly true for bacterial endocarditis, which was the most common cause of concern. A doctor’s permission was necessary and a preventive antibiotic had to be used.
These rules are not mandatory anymore. Today, The American Heart Association’s Endocarditis Committee and other experts reveal that there is no evidence that procedures such as piercing can pose a risk to develop bacterial endocarditis, which was a common worry in the past.
That being said, it’s always best to take as many precautions as possible. If you have a known heart condition, it’s still advisable to talk to your doctor and obtain a permission, even if it’s not required by the piercing studio.
Today, doctor’s permission and preventive antibiotics are necessary just in some cases, typically when getting an oral piercing. Even then, not all customers with a previous heart condition are required to take preventive antibiotic and a doctor’s permission. This is required only in some cases, with patients that have the highest risk of developing bacterial endocarditis, such as people with prosthetic cardiac valve, recipients of cardiac transplantation, people with certain congenital heart diseases and people with history of bacterial endocarditis.
If you happen to fall in any of these categories, it’s vital to talk to your doctor and ask for advice. Chances are that you will be allowed to get a piercing, but you need to consult your doctor. In fact, all people with known heart diseases or other conditions should seek medical advice before getting a piercing done. You should do it even if the piercing studio doesn’t require a doctor’s permission.