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Is My Body Piercing Safe?

Lots of peeps, from your older sister to Hollywood celebrities, may have a body piercing of some sort, but that doesn't mean you should run right out to the nearest salon and get pierced! One Kidzworld member wanted to know if her navel piercing was safe, so we're here to fill you in on the basics of body piercing.

Body Piercings - The Perils of Piercings

It could be your ears, nose, eyebrows, belly button or tongue, but before you pierce that part, you're going to have to put your detective skills to good use. Finding a safe, clean and professional piercing shop is really, very, totally, extremely important - we can't stress that enough! Improper piercing techniques, like using dirty needles, can lead to viral infections like hepatitis B and C. And if you don't take care of your piercing afterwards, it'll get infected, ooze not-so-cool stuff and leave you with a not-so-pretty scar.

Body Piercings - Don't Believe the Hype

Now that you're down with the dangers, it's time to separate the myths from the facts!

Myth #1 - It's impossible to blow your nose if you have a nose piercing.

Peeps with nose rings are just as capable of blowing their noses as peeps without the jewelry. It just takes a little getting used to.

Myth #2 - Half of your face will go numb if an eyebrow is pierced incorrectly.

An eyebrow piercing should never be so deep that this becomes a concern.

Myth #3 - You'll bleed to death from a botched tongue ring.

Although there are major blood vessels in your tongue, you won't bleed to death. Excessive bleeding can happen, but piercers should always pull back the tongue and check the vein structure before piercing.

Myth #4 - Getting your navel pierced will damage your stomach, uterus, or some veins.

This isn't possible cuz your stomach and uterus are protected by your abdominal muscles. Also, your navel isn't a vascular area, so it doesn't contain blood vessels.

Myth #5 - Turning jewelry randomly throughout the day during the healing process is a must.

Doing this will only break the tissue, forcing the healing process to start all over again!

Body Piercings - After the Piercing

Healing times vary depending on what body part is pierced. Whatever you do, don't sleep on your piercing or remove the jewelry until it's completely healed.

  • Tongue - 4-6 weeks to heal.
  • Ear lobe - 6-8 weeks to heal.
  • Ear cartilage - 4-12 months to heal.
  • Eyebrow - 6-8 weeks to heal.
  • Lip - 3-4 months to heal.
  • Nose - 3-6 months to heal.
  • Navel - 6-12 months to heal.

The piercing will be sore and swollen for several days, so make sure you take good care of it. Keep it clean by gently washing the area with warm water and antibacterial soap twice a day, and resist the urge to touch or pick at it! For navel piercings, avoid belts, pantyhose, tight jeans or skirts cuz they'll rub up against the jewelry. For tongue and lip piercings, rinse with salt water after every meal. If you're concerned about how your piercing is healing or any discomfort it's causing, talk to the person who you were pierced by or your family doctor for advice on how to deal with it.

Body Piercings - Did U Know?

  • Navels and ear cartilage are the most difficult piercings to heal.
  • Tongue piercings can damage teeth over time, and tongue, cheek and lip piercings can cause gum problems.
  • Elaine Davidson from Brazil is the world's most pierced woman with 1,903 piercings in her body!

To find a safe and licensed body piercing salon near you, head to the Association of Professional Piercers.

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Don't hate your little sister. You're lucky you have one. I wish I have one. I have 3 older brothers. I do things like that to them if they ignore me and don't play with me because I feel left out and I want attention. Maybe your sister is doing that so you hang with her more.
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animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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