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Belly Button Blunder

Dear Sugar
I got my belly button pierced last week and it doesn't look like it is healing properly. It gets really crusty and oozes puss when I wake up in the morning. I am afraid to move the ring around because it hurts, but I don't want it to get stuck in the same spot. Do you have any tips on how I should care for my piercing so it doesn't get infected? Pierced Paige

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Dear Pierced Paige
Belly button piercings are one of the most sensitive areas to care for since your clothing always gets in the way. Post piercing care is crucial to making sure you are infection free and that your belly won't scar. The first thing to remember is only touch your piercing when your hands are clean, as your piercing is still fresh and you are easily susceptible to catching an infection.

When you are in the shower, rinse your belly with an anti-bacterial soap and rotate your ring back and forth so the soap penetrates the entire hole. Tea Tree oil is a great natural supplement that is used to heal cuts and infections. When your belly button pusses, cover the area with a warm compress and apply an anti-bacterial ointment such as Neosporin to prevent scarring and further infection.

Keeping your clothing away from the area will also help prevent irritation and the possibility of mistakenly snagging your ring and creating an infection. Wear loose fitting tops, low rise undies and pants, and remember not to sleep on your stomach.

Since your body is working overtime to fight off any potential infections, make sure to double up on vitamins such as Zinc and Vitamin C. If it gets to be too painful or infected, your body might be rejecting the foreign piece of metal so it might be best to take it out or see a doctor. Good luck.

babigrl09er babigrl09er 8 years
I had the ring too.. And they told me that the ring is probably why it is infected. Now mine was really gross and they changed it even though it was infected you might want to see if they will change it to the barbell. Its a lot easier to clean
miss-charlie miss-charlie 9 years
hey i had my belly pirced 8 weeks ago and i wat 2 take my ring out but i dnt no how 2 can any body help me right bk 2 miss charlie xxx tanxs
mandielynne mandielynne 10 years
I had the exact same problem. I actually ended up getting mine done 3 times because it kept getting infected but i didn't want to give up. The third time I tried a titanium ring and have had absolutley no problems. It turns out I must have been allergic to all the others- stainless steel, silver, and gold. I suggest trying out different rings- titanium worked for both me and one of my friends. Good luck! (I didn't even need to clean it with anything special- just regular soap in the shower- anything else would make it red and pussy)
cubadog cubadog 10 years
I had my done when I was 21 and had if for 10 years. Mine took almost a year to heal completely. You have to remember that your body considers it be a foreign objest and will reject for a time. The best thing to do is to keep it as clean as possible and avoid playing with it until it is completely healed. Clean it well in the shower with anti bacterial and make sure you rinse it well.
sarahlynn sarahlynn 10 years
lube it up a lot with antibactiral, only turn it in or right after the shower(after applying antibactiral) it happens to all belly button peircings that i know of,including mine, just make sure u keep cleaning it
katie225 katie225 10 years
i got mine done when i was 16 (so, five years ago). i was given the cleaner to clean it with from the person/store where i got it done. i only used that, and it was a very organic, very watery, hardly sudsy soap. i was told the only time to turn it was during showers when you wash it. mine did get pus-y and infected during cheer camp (because i had just gotten it done a few days prior). my mom actually told me that when i washed it and soaped it up, to squeeze as much of the pus out as possible without it bleeding. it actually stopped being pus-y in just a couple of days, but i don't know if this is recommended or not. it didn't hurt! when my sister got her's done a few years before i got mine, she was told by the piercer to soak it in iodine. so she had to cup her hand under it and fill her hand with iodine in the shower and twist it around a lot. i agree with the above posters, talk to your piercer for their advice!
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Your not supposed to use neosporin on your peircings. Since its a deep wound and neosporin is a topical treatment it could cause the top part to heal and the insides not to at all. You need to call up the person that peirced you. Ive heard the salt water thing works great take a shot glass pour it in an then put it up to ur belly and lay down. with it so it can get in there and soak it. After 6 weeks if ur not healing you may have been peirced to deep or ur body is just rejecting it. So talk to your peircer. ------ only 19 days to go
paigesweetkisses paigesweetkisses 10 years
I agree with all that BlueJeanie said. I had mine pierced several years ago & salt water really helped. I did wiggle mine back & forth just to keep it from crusting over & getting stuck... Oddly enough, mine never pussed or hurt. :) Good luck with it :wave: PS - I love the name "Pierced Paige", Dear Sugar- naturally, because my name is PAIGE :P
E-Dubs E-Dubs 10 years
I had mine done years ago and I used Dial antibacterial soap and Neosporin once I got the soap in there and twisted it and mine healed in no time. It didn't hurt but it also never got very crusty or stuck because I was kind of obsessive about the cleaning. Salt water sounds like a great idea in this case since it already hurts so much.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
yah, i should have written move it a little. i thought this girl was twisting it around all the time. you should totally twist it when you wash it but other than that, keep your hands off! if you keep the area clean and dry, neosporin is really unnecessary.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
thats exactly what i did to mine blue! its amazing, the only thing besides that i did was put neosporin on it so that i could turn friend did hers at the same time and didnt turn it and it actually healed over the ring and we had to go back to the place so they could fix i would suggest moving it, even if its just a little
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
oozing and crusties are completely normal for the first few weeks. after all, a piercing is just a cut that looks good with some metal in it. it can take a month to 3 months to heal properly. i have to disagree with dearsugar here, i wouldn't use any anti-bacterial soap in the shower! besides the burning, i just don't think it will make things better. it would make it red and painful. do not touch your belly button! do not move things around if it really hurts. keep the area dry and clean and two to three times a day soak your bellybutton in salt water. make sure the salt is non-iodized, mix it up with warm water and put a cup upside down over the area. then rinse with warm water. do NOT put any chemicals on the cut. i've done this ritual after my piercings and i swear by it.
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