Body piercing is something which has been practiced for many years since time immemorial. The practice of body piercing or art as some like to call it is so old that in the Egyptian pyramids, earrings and other jewellery were found in the graves of the mummies. This just goes to show how old the practice of body piercing is. Body piercing can be defined as the act of making an incision in someone’s skin to allow ornaments and jewellery to be put into the newly created hole in that skin. Everywhere you travel around the world, people have been piercing their bodies for various reasons. In most Asian countries like India, china and Japan, body piercing was and is still to this day done for religious reasons, as a rites of passage ritual, as well as cosmetic value. In Japan when a samurai graduated from his sword training, it is said that they pierced their ears to show to the society that indeed they were now fully fledged warriors. In china, when a younger martial arts student attained the rank of a kung fu fighter, he got piercings to show his achievement. In India, body piercings are done mostly for religious reasons. It is common to find people of Punjabi region and tribe with all types of body piercings as a symbol of a certain religious code and god. Some of the Hindu priests have these piercings as a symbol of their religious devoutness. In America, body piercing was practiced by the Native Americans as well as its new inhabitants who continue to live in the present day country that we call the United States of America.
Body piercings can have a profound effect on the skin, most of which is not good. Some of the things that can happen to the skin after piercing it are make it susceptible to infection, lead to the formation of scars in the pierced area, damage the underlying blood vessels that support the skin, make the skin stretch abnormally, and lead to the spread of diseases which are transmitted through open wounds or openings. The skin becomes susceptible to infections because the opening done gives way to flesh which is sensitive to bacteria. Many people may take for granted piercing their skin when in fact it is a very serious situation which can eventually come down to between life and death. This is especially true for piercings which are done particularly in the navel area which is very sensitive and can as long as two years to heal. Any infection that goes through this area can affect intestines and lead to a systemic infection. Scars form in pierced area when the wound done heals. These scars may be unsightly especially when the piercings done are huge with complications such as healing problems which lead to open wounds.
Piercings can cause the blood vessels that support the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin to be damaged. When this happens, the skin may die off leading to it hardening up and becoming scaly. Another effect of the skin hardening is loss of feeling that come with the skin because the skin receptors are no longer working. Body piercings can also make the skin elastic that normal thus making it stretch. This is documented very well by observing those who wear certain jewellery for a very long time. A good example of these phenomena is observed by observing those who wear certain earrings which stretch the skin of the ear leading to it becoming permanently deformed. Once this skin is stretched, the whole process that it goes through cannot be reversed thus forcing you to leave with it as it is. Piercing is also dangerous in that it can lead to the spread of many diseases which are transmitted through blood. This happens if the tools used to make incisions are not sterilized well and are then shared between people. This means that if one of the people who have used the tool is infected with a disease like AIDS, then others who’ve used it also are likely to get infected from the disease. If you have any information about body piercing in general, kindly leave your comment in the section below.