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should you premedicate before getting a piercing?
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should you premedicate before getting a piercing?

I have mitral valve prolapse.  Last year I had my belly button pierced I ended up having it removed when I needed a MRI.
Should I have had anitbiotics before having it pierced?  I'm wondering if that could have caused the problem with my heart.  i had a mini stroke in October less than 2 months before my piercing.  What about pierceing ones nose?  Someone I know whats to know if he should premedicate before pierceing his nose.  He also has MVP.  I don't think I would pierce my navel again.
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Dear Nancy,
The only need for antibiotics in a person with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) prior to a procedure is in those with regurgitation (backflow) in addition to prolapse. Your doctor can tell you if you have regurgitation in addition to prolapse.  The guidelines do not specifically address the need for antibiotics prior to piercing.  If the procedure is sterile then antibiotics should not be needed.
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thank you
At the time I did have my navel pierced I should have thought about it then.
Actually I do have regurgitation.
I'm surprised you didn't say yes because they pre-medicated me before inserting an IUD.
So maybe the best thing to do is ask before doing any kind of procedure.
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I have regurgitation without MVP... should I still pre-med for navel piercing?  Thanks so much. :-)
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