Ear Piercing: Safety Issues You Should Consider

It is estimated that over 80% of the female population, in The United States, now has their ears pierced.

In addition, over 20% of the male population has either one, or both, ears pierced.

You would think that the procedure would be completely safe, since so many people have gone through it.

However, that is not necessarily the truth. There are a number of things you should consider before having your ears pierced.

After all, a five minute procedure could turn into a visit to the emergency room. The following people may want to think twice before having their ears pierced.ear piercing

People with Blood Disorders

People who have blood disorders, or are on blood thinners, should think twice before having ear piercing completed. Normally, the process of ear piercing does not cause you to lose a large amount of blood.

However, if you are a free bleeder, or your blood is very thin, you could begin to bleed heavily out of the hole that is created. If you are in this group of people, you may want to speak with your physician before having the procedure completed.

You may need to wait until the medication you are on is completed, or you may have to take a special medicine to stop the bleeding. Only your doctor will be able to tell you what is best.

People with a Compromised Immune System

Many diseases and conditions can cause the immune system to become compromised. If you are in this group of people, it is harder for your body to fight off infections.

Since a large number of people experience an infection in the lobes after piercing, you will have to take certain precautions.

You may need to have your ears pierced with a stainless steel earring. It will also be very important that you clean and turn your earrings daily to prevent an infection.

People in this group will also want to use a special solution to clean the area daily. While your risk for infection will be higher, you can get your ears pierced if you take precautions to avoid infection.

Young Children

Many parents want to have their children’s ears pierced. In addition, young children may want to fit in with other children they are around, who have pierced ears. In most cases young children can have their ears pierced and experience no problems.

It is even common for babies to have their ears pierced today. However, if you are considering having your child’s ears pierced, you will want to think about a few details.

Young children are usually not very good at cleaning pierced ears, or insuring they are properly turned every day. As the parent of a young child you will need to help your child to maintain the area for six to eight weeks.

In most cases nothing severe or life threatening develops due to having the ears pierced. However, it is very possible that you or your child may experience discomfort, or develop an infection.


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