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Old 04-06-2004, 12:23 AM   #1
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Body piercings

Does anybody here have had their belly buttons pierced? Does it really hurt and get infected easily? How much does it cost? Is it considered a bit tacky when you're past a certain age? Im turning 23 soon but I have always thought belly button piercings were cute, but I was too scared to get one. Im seriously considering getting one.

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Old 04-06-2004, 08:35 AM   #2
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I just let my 15 year old daughter get her's pierced in January. It seems to be very popular in high school right now, all of her friends have had their's done.

We went to a shop that had a certified body piercer, who was relly nice and gave her instructions on how to care for her piercing. It cost $25.00 for the piercing and about $20.00 for the belly-ring. We also bought a kit that contained stuff she had to put on her piercing every day to keep it from getting infected. It does take a long time to heal, and the body piercer told us that you're not supposed to remove your starter belly ring for at least a month. After that, you can change it regularly.

My daughter was taking really good care of hers at first, but in just the last month, it did get infected, and it's taking a while to get it cleared up. I do think you need to wear the first ring for at least 3-6 months, take good care of it, make sure it's healed, then change your piercing, rather than change it too soon. I think that's what causes infections.

Also, she said it did not hurt when she had it done, or while it was healing.

I used to think belly rings looked really cool, however they are so common now that I don't know if I like them anymore. The good thing is that if you decide later on in life you don't care for your piercing, the hole is not noticeable. But in order to keep the piercing from closing, you always have to wear a belly ring.

I hope this helps in your decision!

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Old 04-06-2004, 09:27 AM   #3
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i got mine pierced on sept. 20 last year

it didnt cost very much, only around 25 bucks for the procedure and ring together.

it kind of hurt for a few seconds, but i didnt care lol. it was a rush.

it does take a long time to heal. i was told sea salt water soaks help in the healing process if it gets infected. i tried it, and it works really good.

good luck!
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Our 19-year had his nipples done two months ago;

he followed the cleaning instructions and he is fine...
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I love piercings.
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I'm afraid to pierce anything but my ears. I might catch the ring on something and yank it out. I don't even put earrings in until I've combed my hair and brushed my teeth.
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Originally posted by Mr. BAW
Our 19-year had his nipples done two months ago;
I think I just hurt myself from clenching down on my teeth at the thought of what you said.
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Originally posted by Mr. BAW
Our 19-year had his nipples done two months ago;

i've only had my ears pierced. i used to have three in each ear (was trying to slowly work my way up to the whole ear eventually) but one of the third holes got a blood blister.

not to mention i got it exactly a week after my huge tattoo, so i was still limping around in slight pain. but i've not felt like getting them redone, more in fear that i'd get another blood blister. what the hell causes those anyway?

but i always had the idea of getting my tongue pierced. but i never got up the courage to do that, especially since it can chip away at your tooth enamel over time. i already have to gum surgery one of these days, i don't need false teeth too!

but yeah, go ahead and get it done! you're only 23 once. when you're 50 you'll look back and regret that you never got it done. plus piercings aren't as much of a commitment as tattoos are. if you decide later down the road (or even soon after) that you don't want one, you can just take it out!
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Old 04-06-2004, 09:20 PM   #10
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One of my bosses had her bellybutton pierced. She took care of it like she was supposed to, but she had so many problems with infections. It looked awful and caused her lots of pain. She finally gave up and removed the piercing.
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I wanted to get mine done, but now everyone's got them.

Also I was chicken... I had such bad luck with my ear piercings that I was afraid it would just get infected or get ripped out.

My sister has her nose pierced, it looks very cool. I swear, piercings are like a cult...her pierced friend took her to get it done, then my sister promptly tried to get me to do my belly button. I heard her on the phone, "Yeah, I'm still working on her..."
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I have no piercings. In fact, my dad is the only person in my immediate family with any piercing. I'd like to get my belly done...maybe this summer after I have time to tone up. I would have done it in high school, but I did gymnastics, mostly bars, and you can't really spare a week, or even a day, to recover from an inflamed belly button.....
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my cousin got her tongue pierced the day she turned 18 just to piss off my aunt and uncle. They didn't say a word to her about it and after about a year she took it out.
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Old 04-06-2004, 10:49 PM   #14
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I got my belly button pierced about 2 1/2 years ago. I'm so glad I got it done! I love it!

It stings a little when the needle goes through. I think there's two needles, because I remember 2 stings. One for the hole, and one to pull the ring through.

I always wanted to get my nose pierced, but because of my job and since I have terrible allergies, I'm not going to get it done. I just always liked those Indian chains that connected the nose rings to the earrings. They look cool.
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Old 04-07-2004, 01:26 AM   #15
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Although body piercings are safe for most people with proper care, some people do need to be more careful. Note the following. It's really not worth permanent, possibly fatal damage to have a navel ring. My Mom had endocarditis twice... a whole month of treatment (not from body piercings though ). It's a very nasty infection.

Teen Contracts Life-Threatening Heart Infection After Navel Piercing

After getting her navel pierced, a 13-year-old girl with congenital heart disease contracted a life-threatening infection of the membrane lining her heart, known as endocarditis.

People with heart-related abnormalities are advised to take antibiotics prior to having procedures such as surgery or dental work because bacteria can gain access to the bloodstream during these events. If the bacteria enter the body, it can affect the valves of the heart, causing endocarditis. If left untreated, the infection can fatally destroy the heart muscle.

Currently there are no recommendations advising people with such conditions to take antibiotics preventively before having a piercing or tattoo. However, researchers note that this event suggests that people should be warned of the risks of infection.

Infective endocarditis is the fourth leading cause of infection-related death in the United States. Recently, there have been repeated reports of people developing infectious endocarditis after body piercing.

The 13-year-old girl reportedly became seriously ill one month after piercing her own navel. She had been born with a heart malformation that had been surgically corrected when she was 3 years old. The girl said she had removed the piercing after two days because it looked infected.

Tests revealed that she had an infection with Staphylococcus aureus in one of the valves in her heart. The girl was treated with heart surgery and antibiotics and released from the hospital after 22 days.

People who are born with heart malformations have a risk of endocarditis with naval piercing, as well as piercing of other parts of the body. Researchers say these patients should be warned of this risk along with other more common piercing risks.

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal January, 2003; 22:94-96

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