Tongue studs blamed for mouth infections
Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.
Wednesday 21 July 1999
There was also a risk that they could be swallowed or inhaled if they came loose, because of their closeness to the windpipe. In some cases, people had suffered swollen tongues that interfered with their breathing. The association said several patients had suffered septicaemia and toxic shock syndrome after piercing, and warned that if equipment was not sterile it could lead to HIV and hepatitis infections.
In one case, a 25-year-old woman was admitted to hospital after her tongue and the floor and roof of her mouth swelled up and she had difficulty swallowing.
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