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STR8 UP Health Talk for Teens: Teenage Health Podcast

Get the latest medical advice to help teens look and feel their best from Doctor Robin Miller in our very own teenage health podcast. Nature's Cure presents STR8 UP, Health Talk for Teens. Each teenage health podcast show strives to deliver candid, expert information and advice to help adolescents make healthy decisions as they go through puberty and face new teenage health dilemmas.

Topics focus on teenage health issues affecting the physical and emotional well-being of today's youth, with teenage health advice on things like tattoos and piercings, mononucleosis, sports safety, exercise, skin care, nutrition and diet trends, personal hygiene, and dealing with stress.

Tattoos and Piercing

This week Dr. Robin Miller discusses the popular trend of tattoos and piercing. Find out what you need to know before going under the needle!

* Things to know before selecting a tattoo or piercing parlor
* How to care for a new tattoo or piercing
* What to do if you get an infection

Thu, Aug 17, 2006 | listen now | comments (64)

Comments

Kimberly posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
Well the first and biggest issue is..... JUST BECAUSE ITS CHEAP DOESNT MEAN ITS A GOOD IDEA...not all tattoo parlors are clean. when you get a tattoo choose wisely... you dont wants something that you going to regret later or something that is going to effect you getting where you want to be in life finacially...ya feel me.
diana lopez posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
hey i have 2 piercings 1 in my nose and the other on my lip.
Jade posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i think that you should be able to express yourself, even if its with earings and piercings. i have five holes four in my ears and i in my belly
Beka posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I think that it's wrong but its their body and they could do whatever they wanted to do with it. I personall only have my ears pierced and I still seem to get my message across that i'm my own person.
Hannah posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i think you should be able to get any piercing you want and tatto's. i dont think it is far to us teens that we ahve to be 18 to do anything. i have my ears pierced and i want me belly done BAD. but that my opioni i think you should be able to be 13 to make dicion's like these.
Paige posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I think you should have to be 16 for peircings and tattoos, 13 is just way to young for tattoos and stuff....
jessica posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I think it is great that you have to be eighteen. Because kids now a day do things to be cool not because they want to. So more then likely that underage teenager will end up hating the tattoo or pierceing they got. I have about 6 piercing of my own and i did them all because i wanted too.
lae posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
if you are really doubtful about getting a tat or piercing, then follow the procedure because maybe it will make you feel better, but from experience... all this precaution in not necessary. my bf has several face piercings and he's done them all himself. my friend had two tat's done on both biceps by my friend who happens to have a tat gun. neither of them got infections and they look pretty sick. actual ppl who get them done by prof's. get infections more likely than ppl who do it themselves in my opinion.
jamie posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
it was weird
Shenica posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have a tattoo on the lower part of my right arm.
Ashley posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
hey...well i have a tattoo...that i regret getting a lot...its my ex boyfriends name on me... n i want to get it covered up...but yet im only 16 and there are no parlors that will give me a tat to cover it up until im 18...if anyone knows somebody that can cover it up for me...i would pay a good amount just cuz i want it covered up asap...anyways email me plz if u have anything that could help me...im living in the aberdeen/hoquiam area in Washington..thanks a lot...for the help
Kathy posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
Just make sure that if you are getting a tatoo that it is not somebody's name. Chances are that you are going to regret it.
brandi posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
tattoos are a stupid thing to get
bliss posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
Piercings are cool on some people and in certian places. I have 2 industrials and i think they look cool, they also express who i am. But as many people say each to his own
Brook posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I would like to get a tattoo but i think it would hurt. But i really dont know.
Theleisa posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I think getting a tattoo is a really big step and you should really think it over before getting one, so you do not regret it.
Shunta Franklin posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I think it is great but Iam still scared of needles!
Jennifer posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
Well, I had four done all together, my two sides on my bottom lip-left and right both when I was fifteen, my labret when I was fourteen which is gone, and my monroe (like the upper lip mole thing) while I'm sixteen, but recently I took that one out also. The labret closed up while I was cleaning it on accident, and the monroe was infected because the piercer, Anthony, who I've known for a bit-pierced it a little bit crooked. It healed wrong. Next is tattooes! I know I'm sixteen, But I thought it over, Anthony is a better tattoo artist than any other I know, so I'm going for it.
Jennifer posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
oh, and I want to get tattooes on my right leg, both feet, hands, arms, behind my ears (like my neck), and on my inner lip! write me if you want to write back to that my email is that, bye~
laura posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have 3 tattoos
Tammy posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have 10 piercings in the ears. 2 in each cartilage and 3 in each lobe. Sometimes they get swollen and sometimes they get really sensitive.
emily posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i think if u wanna get something pierced or tattooed then go for it but dont do it because u got pressured in to it.. i have my ears and my tongue pierced. i got my tongue pierce on my 18th birthday because i wanted done not for any purpose...i am also getting a tattoo of a jewis star....i feel that it shows who i am
Christina posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I look forward to getting a tattoo but as of now i have no tattooing or peircings.
britanya posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
well i was pkanning on fetting my lip tounge and belly button peirced and i also wanted to tattoos now what
jasmine posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have my ears peirced but i like also want my belly done 2 but im carryin a baby so
tiff posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have 7 peircings and i want 1 more. i also thought about gettin my tounge and belly button peirced.
Z posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i also have DIY(do it yourself) peiceings and all of them are fine
Vandary posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
im so clean im all real still good body with no percing
Christa posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have 1 peircing and 1 tattoo of my daughters name and i will never regret that but neither of them got infected
Kayla Gibson posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have no tats or peircings, even in my ears! But, i'm all for getting some. In fact, when I do get enough money, i'm gonna get alot of both =) \mm/
danie posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i have 5 in my right ear, 3 in my left. they're a hastle, sum peeps hate em', but i thnk they're prtty sweet.
brittani posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i have a tat on my back about 7 in high and 5 inch wide its a cross and i love it and i'm gettin more no matter what ppl say lol i love em
Ashley posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I HAVE 2 PIERCINGS 1 IN MY NOSE AND ONE IN MY TREGAS
erica posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i dont think kids getting tattoos and piercings are a big deal its their body.
tristy posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I agree completely with Beka. If people want to get a tattoo or piercing, that's their opinion and no one elses'. Take a look at Eric Sprauge aka Lizardman, for example, he went thru hours and hours and hours of operations and piercings and tattoo's just to get his look. I personally wouldn't do that, but hey, gotta admit, it looks pretty cool!
sia posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I agree... because i have tattoos and its not the best.
Ashley posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have 16 piercings and three tattoos none of my piercings or tattoos got infected, I have a tattoo on ma back of ma neck, ma lower back and on my left upper arm none of them hurted....as for catching infections i think it has to do with how good you heal
Latisha posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i think tattoos are cool.i say that if you are going to get a tattoo get one that fits you evey tattoo has its meaning
latisha posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i want a belly ring but i'm scared because it looks like it hurt worst than the ear
kaite posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
ok tattos are cool but i think it would be too much pain but i am a sucker for pain so it really dosnt matter its your body :p
heather posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i think that you should at least be 17 years old before u get a tatto amd at least over 16 or lts of perasingd
Maranda posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I think tattoos are cool. Each person who has one has a story to tell for each one. They are very unique and I love them.
Schel posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
Piercings are cool... working on number 12
santhy posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i like tatoos but my parents wouldn't. but piercing i can do. but it depends on how you would look with the tatoo or peircing. if you don't look good with a nose ring then don't get one then. but i
Mara posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I think that tattoos are cool i'm getting my first one near christmas time
tahnie posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i have my belly my tounge my ears done 6 times on each side and i am only 11yrs old and i am not goth ok goths freak me out!
angelina posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i have my belly,tounge,eyebrows,lips,ears(ALOT),and 7 lil tatoos done and i am 13yrs old people who hate all that well freak them
tina posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I would like to have my belly button pierced but my mom won'tlet me they won't even let me have a third ear piercing and I'm 13.
rosana posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
every one should get a tattoo
Kwaniza posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I don't have a tattoo but I have friends that do and it's not as bad as some people make it out to be .Some get them to remind them of a love one that has passed. Some do it to remind them of a good time they had with a friend.But what ever you get your tatoo 4 just remember that it's something that you have to live with 4 the rest of your life...
emili posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have 7 piercings i have my nose my 1st and 2ed hole done on my ears i have both top and bottom pierced on my belly botton i wish to get my toung!!
Domma posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
Well i have 7 tattos i LOVE every single one. I also got my belly button and tongue pierced and i love that too!!!
niquaila posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I think that at sixteen you should be able to get whatever kind of peircing that you want without your parents signature because most of our parents don't care but don't have the time to take us and sign papers just to get a peircing
Stephanie posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i have 12 piercings and a tattoo and i love them. thye show who i am
Kalyn posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have 2 piercing i have my belly button done and my tongue and i got it done to express my self and i just do it b/c i like it i think it's pretty.
Ashley posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i have 3 percings on each of my ears and I pierced my belly button and my nose!!! but I did it myself!!! big mistake!! I regret it because they all got infected realy bad!!
Jacqueline posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
thanx for the information
robin posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i want to get my tongue pierced but i heard some ones swelled up too much and they had to get it surgically removed
Sheena posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i have 20 of each
sonya posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
hey guys
Lucky posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
i think there are cool tatoos and piercing but it's whatever.....
tessa posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I HAVE 7 PIERCINGS 2 ON EACH EAR 1 ON MY NOSE 1 ON MY TONGUE AND ANOTHER ONE IN MY BELLY AND I HAVE 1 TATTOE ON MY LOWWER BACK ..I REALLY DONT SEE NOTHING WRONG ON PIERCING OR GETTING A TATTOE .
wanda posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I have my tongue and 5 pieringson my ears and 1 tattoo.
stacy posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2008
I just got a tatoo 3 days ago and i think that the guy cut me, because i have scars and lots of pain since i got it on my lower back it hurts when i move. what do you think i should do to cure it.

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