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How do I know that my piercing shop is safe and sterile?

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Many states regulate body piercing, but not all. Before getting your piercing, you should always check for these signs of a safe piercing environment:

  • The piercer washes his or her hands with germicidal soap.
  • The piercer wears fresh disposable gloves.
  • The shop is clean.
  • The shop uses an autoclave (a special sterilizing machine).
  • The equipment is sterilized or disposable.
  • The needle is new and disposed of in a special container after use.

From: Piercing WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Body Piercing."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation web site: "Piercing."

Family Doctor web site: "Body Piercing."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Body Piercing."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation web site: "Piercing."

Family Doctor web site: "Body Piercing."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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