If you decide to get your ears or another part of your body pierced, make sure you go to a licensed body piercing shop or piercer.

Piercing is a fairly safe procedure, as long as it's carried out by a licensed practitioner and you take care to avoid infection.

This page covers:


Symptoms of infection

When to get medical advice


Licensed piercers

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 11 Jan 2017