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What are some common risks of piercing?

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Even in a sterile (germ-free) environment, some common risks of piercing are:

  • Chronic infection
  • Skin allergies
  • Abscesses (pus-filled, painful areas of skin)
  • Inflammation or nerve damage
  • Prolonged bleeding

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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