The body Tecognizes a new piercing as if it were a sliver, thus some discharge and a little redness are normal. However, if signs of infection are present (increased redness, tenderness, heat, swelling) antibiotics may be necessary. See your piercer and seek medical treatment. In particular, be careful of infection in nasal piercings as this may cause serious complications. If you are allergic to the jewelry, the skin around the piercing will look as if it is pulling away - have jewelry replaced with more compatible materials.
Never accept a piercing done with a piercing gun as this cannot be properly sterilized. Body piercing should be done ONLY with a new, sterile needle in order to minimize risk of exposure to the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses. Jewelry must be made of a non-corrosive metal, such as surgical stainless steel, niobium, titanium or solid fourteen-carat gold. Gold-plated jewelry should not be used. Before piercing you should be given a consent form. If you are a minoT you wjll need a signed consent form from your parents.1 Remember that not all piercings suit all bodies. Your piercer can advise on how to choose the piercing best suitedto your body shape.