Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Fri, 26 Sep 1997 08:09:15 -0600
Anytime you pierce the skin with something, you open yourself up to
infection. If you pierce a mucus membrane, the odds of infection are much
higher. There has been some discussion of late on some of my professional
newslists on body piercing, primarily I believe because 1) health centers
are seeing infections in young adults 2) it's pretty common, particularly
on college campuses.
As a microbiologist and Medical Technologist, I can tell you that I'm
seeing an increase in the number of cultures sent by the physician from
"unusual sites" (tongue last week).
Body piercing as a fad will probably fade as enough of these young adults
have infections that are obnoxious and painful. But you'll probably never
tell them otherwise until it happens. That's part of the the
"invincibility that young adults feel" in the late teens and early 20's
until life rears its ugly head. It's what makes it so difficult to
educate young people on the dangers of contracting STD's that may not be
cured. They just don't believe it will happen to them.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City