Nowadays, tongue piercing has become one of the most prevalent forms of body art. It is not only considered as a form of making one more adorable and beautiful, but it can also serve the purpose of self-expression. But it should be noted that tongue piercing should not be a spur of the moment act. One may ask why this is so. This is because it is a surgical procedure that should be done in a specific beauty salon or a tattoo or piercing parlor. Secondly, this process is completely unregulated and can be done in concerts, individual garages, bathrooms or even in basements.

You should also take precaution and note that, currently, we don’t have certification or standard training for those who practice body piercing. Thereby, anyone can grab a piercing needle which may be contaminated and puncture your body if you are the one who is undergoing the procedure.

Oral piercing or as popularly known tongue piercing can lead to serious infection because of the high number of bacterias that are found in the mouth. If not properly done, the tongue piercing can bring about serious infections, can lead to loosening of teeth, can cause nerve injury and even blood poisoning. In some other serious cases, it can even cause death.

Here are some of the other most serious risks that tongue piercing can cause

Infections

According to health research carried out, tongue piercing has greatly contributed to a significant spread of infections like hepatitis. This disease health practitioners have predicted that shortly if proper precaution is not taken, it will kill more people than aids. The spread of other bloodborne diseases has been attributed to this particular type of piercing. The Aids virus can also be transmitted through it if the one doing it uses contaminated needles.

Can cause toxic shock

This is a very serious form of blood poisoning; it is commonly referred to as the toxic shock syndrome. It most likely enters the body through the piercing and after that spreads to the other parts of the body. The common symptoms of this disease include muscle aches, high fever, diarrhea, vomiting dizziness, constant sun burns, development of skin rashes and a rapid pulse. This disease is fatal if not quickly attended to.

Lung aspiration of the jewelry

The rings and barbell that are placed in the pierced tongue can come off at any time. If the needle-like portion of the jewelry that pierces through the tongue comes off and it is swallowed, it is most likely going to cause obstructions to the airway and can move into the lungs, can perforate the bowel and intestines hence causing death.

Bleeding and swelling of the tongue

In response to the trauma that one will experience during the piercing, the tongue will swell. In some instances, it can be so large that it can match the size of a pickle. This will cause the risk of air blockage through the airways a situation that can lead to death. The major blood vessels that are located in the tongue if pierced will lead to one bleeding profusely and if in excess can lead to death.

Due to the above, one should take a lot of consideration before undergoing the procedure.