Problems over botched body piercings could be a “substantial burden” on the NHS in the near future, a study says.
The British Medical Journal study found one in 10 people – and nearly half of all younger women – have a body piercing other than on the earlobe.
Just over a quarter of people reported complications, including swelling, infection and bleeding. Many avoid specialist clinics, and face greater risks piercing themselves, or trusting friends or relatives. Non-specialist piercings could also mean hepatitis infection, experts said.
A spokesman for the British Liver Trust, which offers advice on avoiding hepatitis infection, said: “It is important to remember the long-term problems that can occur, particularly if you get a piercing from a non-specialist.
“You may not know you have contracted the virus until later on in life when the damage has already begun.”
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