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How to Handle Piercing Disasters

Learn what you need to do for a piercing gone wrong from professional piercer Owen Beane in this Howcast video.


"Hello, I'm Owen Beane, I work at Chameleon Tattoo in Cambridge, Massachusetts. is the website. Chameleon Tattoo's been here more than 10 years, but ten years as such with tattooing, over the last 14 years I've been doing body piercing here in Cambridge and I'll be talking to you about piercings today.
What you want to do for a piercing gone wrong, is go to a piercer first to get advice on what to do. And to try to have them help you figure out what has gone wrong. By that I mean don't go to a doctor first. With of course, there are exceptions to every rule, but the rule is that doctors aren't well educated about piercings yet. And a lot of times they're going to misdiagnose. So I've had plenty of people that came to me after seeing a doctor, having already started taking antibiotics for something that was a routine problem.

So like most of the time a piercing gone wrong is going to be because of placement, or bad jewelry, bad jewelry quality, bad jewelry fit. A lot of those kinds of problems are easily fixed by quickly adjusting the jewelry, and then sort of examining daily habits, and figuring out when the piercing went wrong, and what could have been going on that might have caused that. And then by the time you get jewelry in there that fits, you're on the way to being healed and happy and having avoided an emergency room visit.
So go to a piercer first.

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