Study: 20% of body piercings become infected

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported, “In one of the most comprehensive health examinations of body piercing, researchers have found that the wildly popular fashion statement is relatively safe, although about 20% of piercings become infected,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology.

After analyzing “the overall safety, complications and medical consequences of piercings, focusing on the ear, nose, mouth, nipple, navel and male and female genitalia,” researchers found that “infections, although treatable, were the most common complication, followed by allergies, loss of blood, scarring and interference of medical procedures, such as X-ray or ultrasound.”

The piece went on to offer safety tips to people considering getting a piercing of any type.

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