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Body Piercing

Florida Department of Health in Nassau County Environmental Health

Body piercing is an invasive procedure that presents the potential for infection. Not only can piercing lead to infections of the pierced site (especially if aftercare procedures are not followed), but it also has the potential to transmit bloodborne pathogens, such as Hepatitis B.

The Florida Department of Health urges individuals to be aware of the risks associated with getting a temporary black henna tattoo as the Department has received reports of allergic reactions and injuries, including permanent scaring of the skin from temporary black henna tattoos that are popular with those who want to enjoy a temporary tattoo.