Frequently Asked Questions
When you and your provider have selected a suitable symbiont for you, your provider will help the symbiont attach itself to your skin. Sometimes a symbiont will need to be implanted into your skin, usually no deeper than the dermis.
While implantation might hurt (as much as anything that requires breaking skin might), symbionts are generally harmless and should not hurt. It may cause some mild discomfort the first few weeks as your body gets used to your symbiont.
A fully mature symbiont has already adapted to the unique characteristics of their host, and may not thrive on a new host, and may even turn parasitic. Only when a symbiont develops with and on their host is that risk mitigated.
Your provider should teach you what your symbiont needs. Some symbionts require watering, others sunlight, and some need to have nutrient pastes applied every now and then.
Your symbiont is a living being, it cannot survive if removed. Symbiosis is supposed to be a lifelong commitment. However, removal is possible. It will cause scarring, and some symbionts are hard to fully remove. Fungi and mycellium in particular tend to grow back.
It is very rare for a symbiont to turn parasitic. When they do, it is typically because of neglect. If you do not care for your symbiont, it could end up getting the nutrients it needs in a way you don't appreciate, such as leeching it out of your bloodstream.