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I just finished reading your more recent article on the website about body modification. About a little less than a month ago I got my belly button pierced. Ever since I got it done I've seemed to be getting sick very easily. There hasn't been one week that has past where I havent' been sick. My question is... can getting this done mess up my immune system, causing me to get sick more often? Or could it just be bc my bf and I are both sick and we keep giving a sickness back and forth? I ask this bc there was no info. about it in the article. Thanks for your help....


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Lisa D
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hi there LOM!

To my knowledge, getting a piercing will not compromise your immune system in any meaningful way, as long as it does not become infected.

If it *is* infected, you could be more suceptable to illness merely because your immune system is overtaxed while fighting the infection.

In all honesty, i think it probably has more to do with the fact that spring is in the air, and the weather is on the fritz. There are lots of little influenza viruses floating around, and when the weather fluctuates, it seems that people get sick much more easily as the seasons change. However, if your symptoms persist, please go see a doctor. They can put your fears to rest...

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One more little sidenote to all the good stuff Lisa said.

Once your piercing's healed, you may find that just BEFORE you get sick, it may act up, being sore and even lymphing a little bit. Sort of an early warning system. But you navel piercing probably won't be completely healed for several months, so just baby it and - yeah, it's spring and flu is in the air. ;]

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