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Getting your belly button pierced can be exciting. Choosing your belly button ring may be thrilling, but what are the risks?
There are some health risks associated with body piecing. Listed below are some the common risks you need to know before your pierce your navel.
Infection--Can result from inadequate care or improperly sterilized equipment. Certain types of infection can cause scarring and even lead to blood poisoning, not to mention it is very unattractive.
Allergic Reaction--Can result from allergies to metal in jewelry, which can lead to difficulty breathing, rash, swelling and maybe even hospitalization.
Excessive Bleeding--If you hit a large blood vessel and cannot stop the bleeding you may have to go to the hospital to get it cauterized.
Cross Contamination--Needles that are not properly sterilized can contaminate individuals with hepatitis, HIV or other blood-borne pathogens.
Keloids--These are toughened knots of scar tissue that look like cysts at the base of a piercing.
Can't donate blood--You cannot donate blood for one year after getting a body piercing--no exceptions.
These risks may seem minimal, but they can be extremely dangerous if they are not treated early. Know what to expect and educate yourself about these and other risks before you pierce your navel or any other body part.