Tongue Piercing Might be Life Threatening

Tongue Piercing Might be Life Threatening

Tongue piercings are most often pierced with straight barbell style jewelry. Due to the amount of action and movement that the tongue is involved with (speech, eating, kissing, etc...), jewelry size and comfort is especially important.An uncommon version of this piercing will be close to the tip of the tongue, and a captive bead ring, may be worn in it. This placement and jewelry choice is uncommon because it is much more likely to cause discomfort and damage the teeth and gums.


A tongue piercing is a piercing through the tongue. A single piercing in the center of the tongue is the most common form of this piercing, but multiple piercings are also possible. When done with the correct equipment, the piercing itself is not as painful as might be expected: like most piercings, the pain, while it can be quite intense, is fleeting. A mild degree of soreness afterward can be expected to last up to a day. However, a large amount of swelling in the (3-7) days afterwards will occur and can be extremely uncomfortable.

Recently expert shown that tongue piercings may cause the stabbing pains in face just like electrical shocks that lasted 10 to 30 seconds and struck 20 to 30 times a day. Here is a history of a teen girl who had tongue piercings:

Her doctors diagnosed trigeminal neuralgia, a nerve disorder sometimes called "suicide disease" because of the excruciating and dispiriting pain it causes.

Doctors tried painkillers, then stronger medication, but in the end, a cure proved more simple:
The young woman removed the metal stud from her pierced tongue.Two days later her pain vanished.

Here indicated some life-threatening, linked to tongue piercing.Other problems include tetanus, heart infections, brain abscess, chipped teeth and receding gums. One woman developed so much scar tissue that it resembled what she called a "second tongue."

In the newly reported case, the young Italian woman's mouth jewelry apparently irritated a nerve
running along the jaw under her tongue. That nerve is connected to the trigeminal nerve, one of the
largest in the head.

"There are people who have been dropped to their knees" by trigeminal neuralgia, said Alana Greca, a registered nurse and director of patient support for the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association. "That's
how intense and how horrendous the pain can be."

The teenager is lucky her pain disappeared, Greca said."Certainly, this was an isolated case, an extremely rare complication of this kind of piercing," said Dr. Marcelo Galarza, a neurosurgeon at Villa Maria Cecilia Hospital in Ravenna, Italy, who reported the case to the journal.

The tongue is "a particularly dangerous place to pierce" because it is rich in blood vessels that can spread infection to major organs and because it is near important nerves and the upper airway,
he said.

Jeanne Fritch, owner of Personal Art, a piercing and tattooing studio in Lake Station, Ind., said
she has not heard of a similar case in her 21 years in business.

Fritch recommended people interested in tongue piercing see only professional, experienced piercers and use only "implant grade" metal jewelry. Good mouth hygiene while the tongue heals also is important, Fritch said.

Stefania Fraccalvieri, the patient in the report, is now 21 and a student in Rome. Her advice to people considering tongue piercing: "Don't do that. My experience was so bad. I was so sick and now I feel much better."

The piercing has a tendency to heal a bit crooked as a result of the frenulum's placement in the
exact center of the tongue. This is usually undetectable by anyone except the piercing's owner, but in some cases it can be quite pronounced.Tooth and gum damage are risks, but they can be minimized by proper placement, the use of properly-sized jewelry, and avoiding playing with the piercing. A bar that is very large-gauge or too long can greatly increase the risk of chipped teeth or gum erosion, and excessive impacts of the metal against the teeth can cause micro-fractures in the tooth enamel.

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