Body Piercings

  1. I REALLY want to get my bellybutton pierced, but I'm just afraid of getting an infection. I have a lot of friends who said that if you take good care of it, it won't get infected and others have said that theirs have gotten infected.

    Have any of you had anyone come in to the hospital because of an infected body piercing? Or do any of you have anything pierced?? I really want this done, but I just need to hear more better stories than bad!!
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  3. by   portland_guy
    Hi -

    I don't have my belly button pierced, but I do have my - ummmm - penis pierced. Yes....it's called a Prince Albert. Believe it or not it didn't hurt all that much and healed quite quickly. May be quite different than a belly button piercing.

    Okay, you all are probably saying, "too much information". I will shut up for now.
  4. by   memphispanda
    I had something else pierced and had a reaction to the metal used in the piercing. No problems with infection, just the most awful itching. I had a friend who had her belly button pierced and her's did get infected, but it wasn't anything awful. The piercer used a curved barbell that was just a bit too short and that led to the infection.
  5. by   SHELLYBELLYRN
    Originally posted by portland_guy
    Hi -

    I don't have my belly button pierced, but I do have my - ummmm - penis pierced. Yes....it's called a Prince Albert. Believe it or not it didn't hurt all that much and healed quite quickly. May be quite different than a belly button piercing.

    Okay, you all are probably saying, "too much information". I will shut up for now.
    OK, since noone else seems to be.........I have to ask..........WHY??
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    As in "Do you have Prince Albert in the can?"
    Where does one go for a penis piercing?
    An infection there could mean real trouble (I'd be worried).
    I'm not going any further with this.
    -Russell
  7. by   2ndCareerRN
    I have seen infected belly buttons, tops of ears, and eyebrows.

    Nothing a gram of Ancef in each cheek won't usually take care of, and the offending piercing has to be removed. Then you can do it again after it has healed.

    Unless, of course, you end up with necrotizing fasciitis.

    So, be very aware of the possible complications, make sure the piercer uses sterile technique and you should be fine..after all..I would bet tens of thousands of piercings have been done with no complications.

    bob
  8. by   night owl
    Never mind......
  9. by   sjoe
    Of course you would want to always use ONLY a sterile technique, regardless of where the piercing is. You need to do BID care until the wound is completely healed up, and using a ring rather than a post makes this much easier and more thorough. Then after it has healed, you can use posts, barbells, rings, etc. (And for those thinking of tongue piercings, do yourself a favor and don't put in the posts with metal balls--only with resin balls. Save your poor teeth from chipping.)

    For the same reason, your friends should not lick or play with the area, nor should you wear tight clothing or headbands, etc. over the area until it is completely healed. A reputable piercer will provide the antibiotic gel/cream along with any piercing, and clear instructions for its use.

    As a general rule, the better the blood supply in the pierced area, the less likely a subsequent infection. That's why tops of ears and belly button piercings are more likely to have this problem than tongues, noses, or earlobes.

    Have a chat with a couple of local piercers, don't get one until you are absolutely ready to do so, and use a piercer that you have some kind of affinity with.

    (Believe it or not, a friend of mine did his OWN Prince Albert in his kitchen! Not my cup of tea, for sure, but he knew enough to keep it from getting infected.)

    Rusty--almost every piercing business will do any area, so long as you are at least 18 years old and have the $$$.
    Last edit by sjoe on Nov 14, '02
  10. by   LoisJean
    Kristi--my daughter had her navel pierced a couple of years ago--
    she said it was really red and sore for awhile but she kept cleansing it daily and wore loose clothing to prevent friction. She said it healed normally in about 6 weeks. It looks really cool! Daughter has MANY piercings--6 in right ear; 8 in left ear; her eyebrow is pierced. She declined an invite to have her tongue pierced only because she wasn't interested--
    She also has a total of 8 tattoos--Celtic designs-bless her little Irish heart.

    I think if you go to a reputable piercer and take good care of the site--good wound care--you'll be fine. By the way, I'm looking to get my first tattoo in a couple of months!

    Peace,
    Lois Jean
  11. by   LoisJean
    Hmmm...penis and clitoris piercings? Inhances sexual stimulation perhaps? (Amazing how I can spell penis right off the bat but had to look up clitoris--goes to show you who's anatomy I know the most about!) Reminds me of a story I heard from a friend who took his partner to a piercer for a Prince Albert. His SO was doing great until he saw blood and then fainted dead away. After he fainted the piercing was completed. Biggest bummer? No sex for 6 weeks until the area healed completely. I know one woman with a clitoris piercing--I'm squirming even as I write!

    Peace,
    Lois Jean
  12. by   kristi915
    Is her bellybutton still red around the piercing? I just don't want mine to look ugly for a long time. It dosn't look bad though, since it is usually small.
  13. by   nursedawn67
    I won't put any extra holes in me but I will draw permenately on my body! I have 4 tattoos. Thinking of a 5th and adding to one existing one.
  14. by   NurseDennie
    My older daughter has a bellybutton piercing. No problems.

    A friend of my friend had a clitoral hood piercing. Ooooooo. She said she had a massive orgasm at the time but had some problems with pain and irritation afterwards.

    Oooooooo

    (am I allowed to say orgasm? I know I'm allowed to say nipple nipple nipple nipple. My friend has a nipple pierced, but she didn't really have any fun during the piercing.)

    Love

    Dennie

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