Is removable. If you have your mouth pierced and
you use oral jewellery, make sure it can be removed. For example, you should be
able to unscrew the ball on one end of a barbell-shaped device to make the
device easy to insert and take out.
Allows for full cleaning of the
piercing site. Ear studs or other jewellery designed for the ears are not
appropriate for other body sites. Other body sites are hard to clean or may easily tear or snag if you use jewellery designed for the ear in them.
Is smoothly polished, free of nicks, scratches, or jagged
surfaces that might damage the skin. The back of an earring can pinch and
damage tissue when used in places other than the earlobe. Backs of earrings are
not smooth enough to prevent skin and tissue damage.
Is the right
thickness for the body site being pierced.
Jewellery that is too thin can act like a
"cheese cutter" and tear right through the skin. The thickness of the average
ear stud is 16- to 20-gauge, which is too small for most other body piercing
Jewellery that is too thick for the site can cause an
abscess, a cyst, or scar tissue
Jewellery that is too large can easily catch on
Jewellery that is too small can be "sucked" into the body
Is made from metals that do not cause allergic
reactions. Only use non-allergenic jewellery. Surgical stainless steel, gold,
platinum, niobium, and titanium are the only types of jewellery you should use in a new
piercing. Do not use nickel or brass-plated jewellery.
before it is put into the piercing site. Choose jewellery that has not been used
or worn or that has been sterilized in an autoclave.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine