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    Esther Rantzen

    The importance of having a sterile environment when getting a piercing


    Piercings have become very fashionable, and today it’s possible to get almost every body part pierced. If you’re toying with the idea of having your nose, tongue or ears pierced, it’s essential to insist upon a sterile environment when getting a piercing. When you have a piercing, there’s a risk of infection, this will decrease dramatically if you are in a sterile environment when getting a piercing. If you’ve developed an infection as a result of negligence on the part of the shop or beauty salon assistant who did your piercing, you may be eligible for compensation.

    Why is it important to have a sterile environment when getting a piercing?

    When you have any part of your body pierced, you’re inserting a foreign body and forming an opening in the skin. This opening may become infected. To minimise the risk, it’s important to have a sterile environment when getting a piercing. The person who is doing the piercing should use sterile equipment and the room should meet health and safety standards. Once you’ve had your piercing, there are things you can do at home to prevent infection, including keeping the area around the piercing clean, and rinsing or bathing it with salt water.

    What are the symptoms of infection?

    If you think you may have an infected piercing, you may notice these symptoms:

    • Red, sore, irritated skin around the piercing
    • Swollen skin
    • Discharge from the wound
    • Pain when you touch the area around the piercing

    In severe cases, an infection may also cause fever. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor. It’s important to treat infections before they become more serious. In most cases, infections can be treated with antibiotics.

    Claiming compensation for an infected piercing

    It’s fairly common for a piercing to become infected. In most cases, nobody is to blame. However, sometimes, an infection is caused by failing to use sterile instruments or operate in a sterile environment. If you believe that your piercing injury was caused by negligence on the part of the person who did the piercing, you have a right to claim personal injury compensation. If you can prove that you were not to blame for your injuries, and you’d like to make a negligence claim, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert team of personal injury lawyers can help you to claim the negligence compensation you deserve. Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.

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    Date Published: March 8, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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