Is Externally Threaded Jewelry Safe?

Is externally threaded jewelry safe? That’s probably one of the most talked about questions in the body piercing industry and one that also stirs debate among many. No matter where you go, you’re bound to get one side that says you should avoid it at all costs, while the other side simply disagrees.

But what exactly is externally threaded jewelry?

Externally Threaded Jewelry

Let’s take a look at one of the most common pieces used in the modification world, the straight barbell.

On this particular piece, externally threaded means that the barbell ends will look like the common screw (visible ridges on the outside), and the ball ends are designed with a hole at their centers.

To insert this style of jewelry, just grip one of the ball ends and line up the hole to the barbell’s threading. Righty tighty, lefty loosy, and you’re done.

Externally Threaded Jewelry

But is it safe? The short answer is both yes and no. You can wear externally threaded jewelry, but not long term. Hundreds of thousands, and perhaps even millions of people world-wide already do.

However, externally threaded jewelry should NEVER be used for initial piercings.

Doing so may prolong healing and possibly lead to infections as the threaded ends may scratch and tear through your skin upon insertion and removal.

To avoid complications, this style of body jewelry should only be used on fully healed piercings. Never let anyone tell you different.

So, to conclude, there’s nothing wrong with liking or wanting externally threaded jewelry, beautiful designs do exist (and they’re much cheaper). However, if you choose to wear any, make sure it’s only for temporary usage and not an every day piece.

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* Disclaimer: This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention.