Piercings on the playa

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trypical
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Piercings on the playa

Post by trypical » Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:43 pm

I have my nipples pierced. I have had them for 2+ years so they are not new. They sometimes get irritated though.
I am wondering if any other of you wonderful burners who have piercings have ever expirenced any problems with them. I am concerned because it is supposed to be extra dusty this year.
I am not planning on being nude, but who really ever plans anything on the playa?
Suggestions? Comments?

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Post by phil » Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:53 pm

> I am concerned because it is supposed to be extra dusty this year.

It's extra dusty every year. Seriously.

Oh, and plan on being nude. Seriously.

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Post by spectabillis » Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:43 pm

have a problem with the spiked ones, they hurt my mouth.

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Post by robotland » Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:41 am

If you're worried about playadust accumulating on your nipples then you're probably NOT moving around enough.
But, packing a little bottle of alcohol and /or some antibac ointment and/or antiseptic wipes can't hurt you. In fact, they're parts of a decent Extreme Conditions Medical Kit. I've got one ear piercing that's totally stable and one that freaks out on me every once in a while, but it has never reacted due to playa. Fewer nerve-endings in an earlobe, though. Have your nipples checked thoroughly throughout the week and you'll be better than okay.
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Post by safetythird » Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:56 am

I have several piercings (including nipples) and have never had a problem with them that was caused by the playa. Now getting them caught on other peoples jewelry /costumes is a different matter. Even after almost ripping a nipple ring out on someones necklace I was a little sore (and aroused) but fine. I just wiped off the blood and playa with a wet paper towel and carried on. If you're a little paranoid then bringing your liquid dial anti-bacterial soap may provide peace of mind.

Your mileage may vary but probably not greatly.

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Post by Token » Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:36 pm

After 2+ years those nipples are fully healed unless you are snagging them, tearing, or stretching to lager gauge.

The playa dust is not that bad. Burners tend to exaggerate the corrosive / alkaline effect. Soapy water is more alkali than playa dust and just as corrosive/caustic.

The playa is also fairly sterile being a fabulous desiccant. If bacteria get in there, chances are they are a result of humanity (sweaty hugs, puppy piles, wayward lips of fabulous strangers), not playa dust.

Just use normal sanitation methods. An occasional salt water soak never hurts.

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Post by trypical » Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:40 am

thank you!!

I plan on seeing my piercer before hand too just to make sure that everything in looking good!

Very much looking forward to seeing you on the playa :)

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Post by AntiM » Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:18 am

Hey, if I could go two days after having these catheters removed without a problem, your nipples will be just fine.

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That's one of the pictures my doctor uses for lectures about brachytherapy radiation treatment, I don't know how many women have seen my breast, but it's a lot. Looks much nicer these days!

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Post by phil » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:27 am

> Looks much nicer these days!

Oh, yeah? Want me to take a picture on the playa this year?
:->

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Post by misfit » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:36 am

>>>>brachytherapy radiation <<<<

antiM, nuclear medicine, sweet....
Be happy while you're living, For you're a long time dead.

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Post by AntiM » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:37 am

phil wrote:> Looks much nicer these days!

Oh, yeah? Want me to take a picture on the playa this year?
:->
Same pose? Sure!

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Post by trypical » Tue Jul 31, 2007 12:18 pm

:shock:
My worst fear has officialy been washed away.

I think I can handle any problem out on the playa.....

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