Lip Infected Problem and Unknowing Doctors

Thursday November 20th, 2008 @ 1:45 PM

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Dear Bmezine

I’ve had an infection in my lip piercing for a weeks time now. I’ve taken all my antibiotics, but it’s not worked at all. My lip is swollen and the piercing is so sore that I can barely touch it, let alone clean it. I called the doctor this morning for more antibiotics, but she wouldn’t give them to me and just told me to take out the piercing. Knowing about trapped infections, I didn’t do that, but if I can’t get more antibiotics and the infection gets worse, what do I do?


Go see another doctor. If your doctor has already prescribed you antibiotics then I’m assuming they did so because they were satisfied that there was an infection present. Telling you over the phone that you don’t need a second course and to just remove the jewellery makes me think that they either don’t believe you - in which case you need to have them see you or that they hastlily prescribed antibiotics in the first instance for something that is most likely irritation. Either way, you need to make an appointment to see a doctor.

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Sunday October 26th, 2008 @ 4:48 PM

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I was wondering if using a pressure cooker set for an hour on the maximum temperature setting is suitable to sterilize jewellery that only myself will wear?

I usually boil my metal pieces of jewellery but I was told by a friend (who recently started working at a not so good piercing place just to get his foot in the door) that boiling was not the best option and can still leave a lot of bacteria on the jewellery.

Also what is a good way to clean acryllic jewellery? I’ve just been running them under tap hot water then leaving them in a shallow bath of 25% Hydrogen Peroxide overnight.

Keep in mind that the best answers to these questions may vary depending on some specifics on your end. If you are planning to sterilize new jewelry to use for a piercing procedure, you can likely go to a professional piercing studio and pay to have them process/sterilize it on your behalf. I don’t condone re-sterilizing used body jewelry that has been in another person’s body for your personal use.

I’m not sure about your location, but in Canada a pressure cooker does not meet Canadian Health Standards for sterilization for professional use in studios. Regulations will vary from place to place, so check with your regional municipality to find out your local standards.

As for private personal use, I don’t see why sterilization can’t be achieved with this equipment. If you go this route, be sure that the pressure cooker reaches a temperature of 132 degrees celsius for a full 30 minutes.

In regards to cleaning (not sterilizing) your acrylic jewelry; an ultrasonic cleaning machine will do a great job. Many different types of detergents and cleaning agents can be used in an ultrasonic cleaning machine. Professional piercing studios will likely have these on hand as well.

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Melanin Production

Wednesday October 15th, 2008 @ 10:42 AM

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I’m not sure if asking this question on BME is warranted, but as I see it, it would be a major mod. I’m looking to stop the melanin production of my body but I don’t know who to ask or where to go to inquire about it. If anyone could point me in the right direction?

To hazard a guess, I’s say endocrinology is the area you should be researching. I deeply doubt this is something that could be done without the use of specialists and a laboratory, if at all.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 16 Comments

Hip Microdermals

Wednesday October 15th, 2008 @ 12:32 AM

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Micros are a bit easier to heal than traditional surface piercings in most cases. The hips can be a viable place for them, however care must be taken during healing to avoid, mmm how to put this delicately, rough bang-em-up sex. I’d recommend low profile disc ends for healing and for wear with any clothes that may put pressure on the dermals as well. I’d definitely do the tattoo first and if you want to be extra cautious leave a little space around the dermals location so if you did have to remove them the potential scar wouldn’t affect the design.

I know that surface peircings aren’t the best of ideas, since the reject and scar so easily, but how good of an idea is it to get hip microdermals? Is that a wise place to get microdermals?

Also, I’m planning on getting a tattoo on my stomach that would most likely cover at least part of where two of the mirodermals would be (I want two on each hip, similar to the look of surface ones); what is the chance of this messing my tattoo up? (Yes, I’d be planning on getting the microdermals sometime after the tattoo).

Thanks! ^_^

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Metric to gauge?

Tuesday October 7th, 2008 @ 11:06 AM

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I have a rook piercing which was pierced in metric jewelry in 1mm. I’d like to downsize to an anatometal curved barbell, which is in gauge, so that will be 16ga=1.2mm…

Would I be able to change the jewelry without ripping the fistula out, causing rejection? I’m sure my piercer doesn’t have a taper going to 1.2mm…


Have you asked your piercer if they have a 1.2mm taper? I know I carry several 1.2mm tapers both blunt-ended, threaded and with pins (for internally-threaded). In all honesty, though, we are talking a fifth of a millimeter and chances are, if it is a well-healed piercing (over a year old) and the jewellery moves quite freely then a warm soak and a bit of water-based lube like KY should do the trick. If you do find it is a bit of a struggle then seek out a piercer with a taper!

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Piercings and Surgery

Sunday September 28th, 2008 @ 9:53 PM

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In December I’m having surgery and right now I have three piercing that I haven’t stretched (tongue (10g), septum (14g) and PA (12g)), my doctor told me I will be in the hospital for about 10 to 14 days and would have to wait about 4 to 6 weeks before I can get a new piercing, most likely all three will close up, but this is a long shot but could I stretching out my piercing to prevent them from closing up?

Also if they will close up should I take out my piercing now or wait till I’m going to have surgery?

There are a few variables in determining how long a piece of jewelry can be left out of a piercing without it closing up on you.

Having your piercings (large jewelry or not; stretched or not) completely healed in place for an ample amount of time will reduce the chance of them closing up, though you can expect some level of tightening to occur. A new piercing will be much more likely to close or tighten up than a piercing that’s good and healed. Genetics as well as physical condition at the time can also play a role in this.

Certain piercings will be more prone to tightening up than others, respectively tongue piercings. Tongue piercings often close or tighten rather quickly, even if they are fully healed. Trans-urethral piercings such as PA’s tend to hold their size; even after shorter periods of healed time. Septum piercings would usually fit in between these two examples.

To answer your question more specifically, stretching your piercings this soon before surgery likely won’t give them any more chance of remaining in place. It could possibly even irritate them and instigate a quicker closing.

I’m not sure what kind of surgery it is that you are about to undergo and how it may affect your specific piercings, but your best bet may be to simply take them out right before your surgery and put them back in immediately post-op.

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Friday September 12th, 2008 @ 1:02 PM

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When will BMEshop be up and running again?

very soon!
the last time I spoke to Rachel (5 mins ago) she was working in the new BMEshop HQ…. so keep checking back to the main page of BME and Modblog!

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Sterile gloves

Thursday September 11th, 2008 @ 12:34 PM

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Should piercers be using sterile gloves all throughout a procedure? (Including glove changes to eliminate cross contamination.) Or are clean, but non-sterile gloves good enough?

Properly washed hands donning clean gloves from a box is completely acceptable for a body piercing procedure.

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Studio Listing

Saturday September 6th, 2008 @ 6:32 AM

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How do I list my tattoo studio on BME?

Thank You,


You can list your studio on BME’s studio directory at BME411 is aimed to be the largest online resource for studios in the body modification industry. This directory also allows visitors to rate the studios listed in a 1-5 star rating system.

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Posted by Russ Foxx | Permalink | Comments

Saline solution

Sunday August 17th, 2008 @ 6:41 AM

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To heal my piercings, have have bought a bottle (1000 ml) of saline solution. I pour it into a small bottle, and when I run out, I will re-fill the small bottle. I have strict “contamination controls” over the 1000 ml bottle (I don’t allow myself to even dip new q-tips in.)

However, the saline solution’s label says to “discard within 24 hours of opening.” Although 24 hours seems quite unreasonable, should I be worried about how long the bottle’s been opened for? Perhaps it’s best to buy a new bottle of saline solution after a month? What do you think?

You can often prolong bacteria contamination of the bottle by placing it in refridgeration, as that slows bacteria growth.

However know that as soon as you open up a sterile bottle of saline, you only have a certain amount of time before the contents become contaminated. If the company declares that the sterile solution needs to be discarded after 24 hours of opening, that is not an “unreasonable” situation. Because the fact is that bottles contents won’t be sterile after 24 hours.

Now provided that you keep it under strict lock and key and let nobody else touch it and you yourself handle it properly. Then realistically you can continue using the saline, but you need to realize that after 24 hours the solution will not be sterile.. However I would say having/using it for an entire month is not really an ideal thing to do.

Personally I’d suggest buying in smaller quantities and using only what you need. You can also purchase items like Sterile Saline Wound Wash that comes in containers that remain sterile and last longer then 24 hours.

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