Before getting any kind of piercing done, most people think about how they should take care of it. But, if we have diabetes, we should know that we must pay more attention. Here is everything we need to know about diabetes and body piercing.
Let’s get one thing straight, having diabetes doesn’t instantly mean that we can’t do body piercing. What we should remember if we do body piercing is to have good control over our diabetes.
Good control over our condition is vital. It is like that since poor control over our diabetes can notably increase the healing times and also the risk of getting an infection.
Also, we should think carefully about which part of our body we want to be pierced. Piercing might be done to almost any part of the body, starting from the ear lobes, eyebrows, belly button, and all the way to private parts.
If we have diabetes and we want to get a piercing in different areas of the body, we need to take care of these things before we do it:
We need to avoid certain parts which are in poor circulation. Such parts are:
Also, it is vital to choose an accredited or licensed body pierced to do the work. We should be open and talk to them about our diabetes so they can tailor the aftercare tips and procedures according to our needs.
The risks are similar to those without diabetes. The only addition is that we need to control our blood glucose.
The pierced area of the body might be infected, in case the venue is not clean, and we don’t keep good hygiene.
In case our blood glucose levels are higher than they need to be, the piercing might take longer to heal, and that in turn might increase the risk of developing an infection.
In case the needle which was used to pierce our skin wasn’t sterilized, we might be at risk of blood-borne viruses, such as hepatitis infections and HIV.
We might have scarring after the piercing, or it might cause the formation of a keloid which is a big scar.
The procedure itself might cause bleeding, mainly in parts of our body that have many blood vessels like the tongue.
In case we feel unwell for a long time, we need to consult our doctor right away. Below we will see a couple of things to help us identify that we are not well: