14K yellow gold toe ring with swirled ends
Quotes from Piercing FAQ
In the United States topical anesthetics are only available by physician's prescription. Injectable anesthetics are only available to licensed physicians.
Topical anesthetics have little effect on areas other than mucous membranes and require a few minutes to be absorbed. Ethyl Chloride spray is used by many piercers in Europe. Frostbite and chemical irritation can result if Ethyl Chloride is misused.
Most piercers agree that injectable anesthetics are not advantageous. When performed by an experienced piercer the piercing should require only a second to perform. Injectable anesthetics may interfere with placement of the piercing because the anesthetized tissue will swell.
Some people are allergic to anesthetics. A severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, can be deadly. Physicians are trained to look for signs of a severe allergic reaction and are able to treat severe reactions. A piercer may not have these resources available.
Some piercers feel numbing the area masks poor piercing technique. Those in favor of using anesthetics feel that piercers should use every tool available towards making the piercee more comfortable. You as a piercee should weigh supporting arguments and make your own decision as to whether or not to allow the use of anesthetics during your piercing.
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