Body piercings and tattoos, what are the health risks? Body piercings and tattoos, what are the health risks?
Just to be clear, we are not against body piercings and tattoos. In fact, we have it too. But of course, there are always... Body piercings and tattoos, what are the health risks?

Just to be clear, we are not against body piercings and tattoos. In fact, we have it too. But of course, there are always corresponding risks and we want you to be aware of that. Hopefully, this post can help you so you won’t face further problems after modifying some of your body parts.

What are the health risks of body piercings?

Body piercings have already evolved. Now, you can see it practically anywhere in the body and not just on the ears. With its rising popularity, health risks also increase. What are these?

  • Bacterial infection
  • Abscess
  • Blood poisoning
  • Sepsis
  • Keloids
  • Swelling

For tongue piercings, you might experience the following complications:

  • Damages your teeth
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Difficulty in breathing

Genital piercing, on the other hand, can make it difficult to have sex.

What are the health risks of having tattoos?

what are the risks of tattoo and body piercings?

Tattoos are great. The process and the story behind it are almost always amusing and interesting. But you have to remember some of the complications that might happen if you are not careful enough.

  • Allergic reaction to dyes
  • Keloids
  • Inflamed tissue around the tattoo
  • Skin infection
  • Swelling
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Tetanus
  • HIV

To date, no agency is still responsible for checking the safety of each tattoo ink.

What should you do?

To avoid the aforementioned effects, here are the things that you have to consider.

Do your research and ask for referrals

If you are going to have a body piercing or a tattoo, make sure that a professional will do it for you. If your friends have already gotten theirs and they didn’t experience any complications, ask for a referral.

Check out the surroundings and observe

With all the scary effects that might happen if you are not too careful, it is advisable that you conduct a site visit. See if their place is sanitized. Ask if you can stay for a bit and see how they clean their instruments and how they do the procedure. Look out for necessary permits as well. You may also use the quick checklist below.

Are they…

  • using a clean pair of gloves after every session?
  • using new needles?
  • washing their hands before the procedure?
  • strict with the cleanliness of their work area or station?
  • using disinfectant?

How do you take care of your tattoos and body piercings after?

Now that you are done with your body modifications, here are the things you have to remember.

For body piercings

  • Use saltwater to clean your piercings – maximum twice a day.
  • Wash your hands before cleaning your piercings.

For tattoos

  • Have a bandage around your new tattoo for a day.
  • Use antibiotic ointment if you are to remove your bandage.
  • Clean your tattoo with water and soap.
  • Only use mild moisturizers.
  • Try not to stay outdoors for weeks if you have a new tattoo.
  • Don’t touch your tattoo.

Of course, if you notice irritation or if you feel pain, immediately consult your doctor. Do not wait for days for it to become worse. And most importantly, do not self-medicate.



Barbara is a young mother of 2 adorable kids whom she enjoyed playing with. She started living healthy when she realized that she has to keep up with her kids' energy. On her free time, she writes, sings, and tries to cook pancake for her children.

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