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Piercings in medical students and their effects on the skin.

Purim KS, Rosario BA, Rosario CS, Guimarães AT - An Bras Dermatol (2014 Nov-Dec)

Bottom Line: The sample was predominantly female (86.2%), with mean age 24 ± 3 years.Hypertrophic scarring, pain, swelling and infection (p<0.05) had significantly higher frequencies among those with navel piercings.There is need for preventive and educational activities, starting with those in the academic environment.

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Affiliation: Universidade Positivo, Curitiba, PR, Brazil.

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Background: Piercings are body embellishments commonly seen in young people, however their inherent risk of infection and scarring disorders are less divulged.

Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of body piercings among medical students and their possible dermatologic consequences.

Methods: Cross-sectional study with 58 medical students, by means of a structured questionnaire covering socio-demographic characteristics, technical issues related to the piercing and characteristics of the dermatologic complications.

Results: The sample was predominantly female (86.2%), with mean age 24 ± 3 years. The placement of the first piercing occurred during adolescence (median age 15), without medical supervision (91.4%) or knowledge of parents/guardians (74%). Most piercings were made of metal alloy/stainless steel, in a dumbbell model (51.7%), inserted in the umbilical area (53.5%) or ear (41.4%), with frequent cutaneous reactions in the first six months post-piercing. Hypertrophic scarring, pain, swelling and infection (p<0.05) had significantly higher frequencies among those with navel piercings.

Conclusion: Piercing insertion occurred during adolescence. Local inflammatory and infectious reactions were common. Scarring disorders and dermatitis appeared in the long term. There is need for preventive and educational activities, starting with those in the academic environment.

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Mean duration of lesions secondary to piercing insertion in different bodyregions
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Mentions: However, when evaluating the therapeutic approach, we observed a spectrum ranging fromno intervention at all (41.4%), use of antibiotics (13.8%), antiseptics (13.8%), andother ointments (10.3%), to removal of the adornment (10.3%). Unsightly scars (20%) andcontact dermatitis (7.7%) also developed six months after insertion, requiringspecialized and prolonged treatment. In all insertion sites (ear, navel, ear + navel andothers) the mean duration time of the lesions was similar, ranging from 2 to 12 months(7 +5 months) (F 3,24=0.83, p=0.490) (Graph2). Unwanted scars were located mainly in ears and navel.


Piercings in medical students and their effects on the skin.

Purim KS, Rosario BA, Rosario CS, Guimarães AT - An Bras Dermatol (2014 Nov-Dec)

Mean duration of lesions secondary to piercing insertion in different bodyregions
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4230659&req=5

f02: Mean duration of lesions secondary to piercing insertion in different bodyregions
Mentions: However, when evaluating the therapeutic approach, we observed a spectrum ranging fromno intervention at all (41.4%), use of antibiotics (13.8%), antiseptics (13.8%), andother ointments (10.3%), to removal of the adornment (10.3%). Unsightly scars (20%) andcontact dermatitis (7.7%) also developed six months after insertion, requiringspecialized and prolonged treatment. In all insertion sites (ear, navel, ear + navel andothers) the mean duration time of the lesions was similar, ranging from 2 to 12 months(7 +5 months) (F 3,24=0.83, p=0.490) (Graph2). Unwanted scars were located mainly in ears and navel.

Bottom Line: The sample was predominantly female (86.2%), with mean age 24 ± 3 years.Hypertrophic scarring, pain, swelling and infection (p<0.05) had significantly higher frequencies among those with navel piercings.There is need for preventive and educational activities, starting with those in the academic environment.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Universidade Positivo, Curitiba, PR, Brazil.

ABSTRACT

Background: Piercings are body embellishments commonly seen in young people, however their inherent risk of infection and scarring disorders are less divulged.

Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of body piercings among medical students and their possible dermatologic consequences.

Methods: Cross-sectional study with 58 medical students, by means of a structured questionnaire covering socio-demographic characteristics, technical issues related to the piercing and characteristics of the dermatologic complications.

Results: The sample was predominantly female (86.2%), with mean age 24 ± 3 years. The placement of the first piercing occurred during adolescence (median age 15), without medical supervision (91.4%) or knowledge of parents/guardians (74%). Most piercings were made of metal alloy/stainless steel, in a dumbbell model (51.7%), inserted in the umbilical area (53.5%) or ear (41.4%), with frequent cutaneous reactions in the first six months post-piercing. Hypertrophic scarring, pain, swelling and infection (p<0.05) had significantly higher frequencies among those with navel piercings.

Conclusion: Piercing insertion occurred during adolescence. Local inflammatory and infectious reactions were common. Scarring disorders and dermatitis appeared in the long term. There is need for preventive and educational activities, starting with those in the academic environment.

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Related in: MedlinePlus