What Every Mom Should Know – Top 10 Ear Piercing Health Risks, Problems and Dangers
The fast advance of technology has made our lives much easier. We can get any information we want after just few clicks and the best part is that most of this information is shared by true experts. Moms can easily learn more about food, health, fashion or (almost) any other subject. However, when it comes to one particular area of health – the effects of ear piercing in young girls – it seems that the information is very limited. People rarely discuss the potential risks of this practice.
“… when it comes to one particular area of health – the effects of ear piercing in young girls
– it seems that the information is very limited…”
The fact is that piercing is part of many cultures around the world. They did this for different reasons. Some of them wanted to show their affiliation to certain tribes, some of them thought that such practice will make them look more attractive (or scary) and there were also people who believed that piercing protects them from evil spirits. People today use piercing for more or less the same reasons.
Of course, modern moms are more knowledgeable and more aware of the possible risks that piercing brings, but it looks like many of them ignore these facts and pierce their daughter’s ears while accepting the fact that there is potential serious health risk.
I am really puzzled by this behavior. While the awareness of importance of practicing healthy lifestyle is growing, the trend of piercing our young daughters’ ears stays strong. Is it possible that most moms are just following the trend and don’t want their child to be “different” even if this means increased health risk? Is it possible that our concerns about our health and the health of our loved ones stops when we think that we have found something that can make us or them more attractive?
"...Is it possible that our concerns about our health and the health of our loved ones stops
when we think that we have found something that can make us or them more attractive?"
I am not here to judge anyone, I am asking you to give serious consideration to the numerous health risks associated with ear piercings, the most serious being:
Infections, including HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, staph (including drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and tuberculosis
Piercing your daughter’s ears can result in a transmission of blood-borne viruses like HIV, hepatitis B, C, D, and G, Epstein-Barr virus and herpes simplex. This is possible in case of use of non-sterile instruments. Local infection is a common complication too. So, think twice before peer pressure makes you put fashion before health.
Pain, itching, swelling, tenderness, redness, or tissue injury at the piercing
These occurrences are usually symptoms of infections. Once again, the main reason is the use of non-sterile instruments and/or improper care after the process is finished. Keep in mind that all these problems will occur on the head and it is quite easy for such seemingly harmless problems to results in serious health issues.
Keloids (thick scarring at the piercing site)
While it is true that this problem is benign, it is also true that keloids leave permanent aesthetical “signature” on the ears.
Development of nodules of inflamed tissue called granulomas
It is not unusual for people who have pierced their ears to experience granulomas and children are not an exception. The process of treating this health issue is complex and involves series of examinations.
Excessive bleeding can happen because of two reasons – improper piercing or sensitivity to certain metals.
There are many kids that are allergic to gold, silver and other metals and sometimes these reactions can be very unpleasant.
Damage to nerves
The ear has many nerve endings and in case some of these nerves is damaged, your daughter can lose feeling in this area.
Damage to underlying blood vessels
The same goes when it comes to blood vessels. This time the consequences can be even more severe.
Scarring of the pierced site
Besides the thick scarring (keloids), your daughter can suffer from other types of scarring which may occur during the piercing process.
10. Personal Regret – Ignoring the known risk
There are even some people who have heard the pros and cons but continued, could not resist the peer pressure and live to regret it – I am one of these individuals and I am going to share my story with you so you don’t have to learn by the mistakes and pain I went through! If you really want your daughter to wear earrings, look for clip on earrings. This type of earrings doesn’t come with any side effects and they look equally attractive as standard earrings. Take care of your daughter’s health and avoid anything that can leave serious consequences on her development.