Girls using the 99p tools to pierce their own and friends’ ears and noses are risking blood infections
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Schoolgirls are risking hepatitis and HIV in a new TikTok trend which sees them pierce their own and friends' noses with a 99p device, it has been reported.
The cut-price needle kit bought from Chinese online giant SHEIN without the need for ID is being shared among girls before and during school leading to medical and piercing experts to warn of the very real risk of blood borne infections.
Face masks are then used to cover the DIY piercings while in class.
The viral trend originated in the US with the One Time Use Disposable Ear Piercing Tool delivered in days from the site.
Reusing the same piercing needle carries a real risk of blood borne infections like hepatitis C, a doctor has warned
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Experts warn as well as the risk of infection bodged piercings can result in nerve damage and permanent scarring, The Sun reports.
Hundreds of videos on TikTok show the number of young girls, many who are under the age to get the procedure legally done, jumping on the viral trend.
The small plastic gun is sent with an alcohol pad but no safety instructions from SHIEN, a fast fashion giant which sells 30,000 products in the UK every day.
The company adds 1,000 new products a day and ships to 220 countries.
It has become huge success, with annual sales of £11 billion, but has been criticising for stealing designs and providing low-quality products.
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One 41-year-old mum, from Norfolk, was furious to find out her 14-year-old daughter had got her nose pierced by a friend at school.
She'd previously promised to take her to a professional when she turned 16 and upon seeing the amateur effort made her take it out and informed the school.
President of United Kingdom Association of Professional Piercers, Lola Slider, says SHEIN should be banned from selling the products.
She said she was shocked that the product could be sold with no age verification or regulations when her industry requires such strict checks.
Reviews and comments on the page advocate for shared use, Ms Slider said, adding SHEIN should take responsibility for the damage they are causing with hospitalisations inevitable.
GP and Clinical Director of Patientaccess.com Dr Sarah Jarvis said: "If you share it with friends, then there's a risk of passing on blood borne diseases like hepatitis. You're more likely to get infected because you may well not have sterilized your ear in exactly the same way.
“The risk of sepsis is small, it is a theoretical risk. It is a theoretical risk but the risk of local infection is much worse. If they are sharing with other people I would certainly say that the biggest risk is, you know, HIV or hepatitis. "
She added that while hepatitis C is curable hepatitis B is not and can lead to long-term issues such as cirrhosis and liver failure.
Both TikTok and SHEIN declined to comment.