Belly Button Piercing Aftercare Tips and The Best Products

by bellyringsadmin on January 24, 2012

Follow these tips and your navel will heal quickly!

Want to see the quick guide to Piercing Aftercare? Check out Piercing Aftercare – Soap and Soaks – it’s short and to the point! If you want something more comprehensive, read on!

Proper belly button piercing aftercare is needed to heal your “brand new” navel piercing. The faster your new piercing heals, the sooner you can try new belly rings!

There are three stages in the healing process:

Stage One: The Inflammatory Stage. Your new piercing is an open wound. Bleeding, swelling and tenderness are all expected.

Stage Two: The Growth phase. This can last several months when you get a Belly Piercing. In this phase, your body reacts to heal the wound. ‘Crusties’ are common to this phase. Crusties are formed when some discharge from your new piercing dries and forms a crust on your jewelry. Never pick at crusties with dirty fingernails. During phase two, your body seals the channel of the piercing. Your piercing is considered healed at the end of this phase but may still be quite tender and will still need care.

Stage Three: The Maturation Phase. The channel of the piercing matures and becomes scar tissue. You may find that your piercing moves from stage two to three and back again many times before it heals fully. If a piercing is mistreated it can regress very quickly and you may find yourself back at square one.

As discussed, crusties, formed by a clear discharge from your piercing, are common. But do not confuse this clear discharge with pus, which is a thick, colored(yellowish-white) and foul-smelling substance. Pus is often indicative of infection.

One other normal piercing secretion is called sebum. This is often mistaken for pus but is recognizable by the fact that it is more solid, or cheese-like. It too, is foul-smelling. It is naturally produced by the body and is not a sign of infection.

BASIC PIERCING AFTERCARE

There are many things to consider with a new piercing. You must be committed to your piercing and follow the instructions given to the best of your ability.

  1. Hygiene
  2. Good health
  3. Avoid trauma
  4. Soaking in saline
  5. Cleaning your piercing

HYGIENE

  • wash your hands before touching jewelry
  • change bedding and towels at least once a week
  • don’t sleep with your pets
  • avoid exchange of body fluids in the affected area
  • use disposable paper products to dry piercings
  • your own sweat won’t affect the piercing as long as you clean it correctly

GOOD HEALTH

  • get plenty of rest
  • eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • drink lots of water
  • avoid emotional stress where possible
  • avoid excessive alcohol or caffeine
  • don’t use recreational drugs
  • don’t smoke – smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels, which inhibits oxygen circulation in the blood, and lengthens healing times considerably.

AVOID TRAUMA

  • do not play with your new piercing
  • do not change the piercing too quickly or unnecessarily
  • handle your piercing very lightly when cleaning
  • try to wear clothes and underwear that will reduce or minimize friction
  • take care of your piercing during physical activity such as exercise.
  • Do not expose your piercing to hot tubs, pools, oceans or lakes – they are a breeding ground for infection. A Nexcare Waterproof Bandage or Tegaderm Tranparent Dressing can be used to protect the piercing.

SOAKING IN SALINE

Apply salt solution on your fresh navel piercing every day. Just soak some cotton wool with saline solution and place over your navel for 5 to 10 minutes once or twice a day. If there’s some crusting on the belly ring, remove it gently.

You can make saline solution at home – dilute about 1/4  teaspoon of non iodized sea salt to 1 cup of clean, warm water and apply on your piercing twice a day. Or you can buy a saline solution at a drugstore or on the Net.

Don’t forget to soak your piercing with saline solution after your piercing seems to be well healed and there’s no puss coming out and crusting doesn’t form.

CLEANING YOUR PIERCING

  • Do not use alcohol, bactine or hydrogen peroxide to clean the piercing under any circumstances. Stick to the following, proven, inexpensive methods and you will be fine.
  • Use a mild, antibacterial soap to clean the piercing once or twice a day, preferably in the shower. Clean your hands and the rest of your body before cleaning your piercing. This will also loosen any crusties or other dirt around the piercing. Use cotton swabs or gauze pads to remove any stubborn matter – try to avoid using fingernails.

Belly ring materials that improve aftercare

Your piercing will secrete fluids for some time and they will crust on your belly ring. You’ll clean it with belly button piercing aftercare sticks or saline solution, of course. But it may become infected anyway and you should choose a belly button ring that can reduce the likelihood of infection. Bioplast is a material proven to possess such qualities and you can get bioplast navel ring in great colors and styles. Gold, Titanium and Stainless Steel are also popular choices for first-time piercings.

Another option for the first time belly button ring is PTFE material. This material has a non-stick surface, in other words, body fluids don’t stick to it, thus improving the quality of belly button piercing aftercare.

PTFE is a white material and doesn’t come in colors, unlikely flexible plastic that cannot be used for initial piercings. Some sellers mistakenly sell flexible plastic as PTFE, so watch out – real PTFE doesn’t come in colors! PTFE material is used for piercings for pregnant women because of its flexibility and you can buy the shaft separately and choose the endings that you like.


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{ 243 comments… read them below or add one }

Mallory November 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I got my belly button pierced 8 years ago. I recently had to have surgery and needed to remove for 3 weeks. One a week i would slid a ring through to keep the hole open. 3 days ago i put the ring back in for good (cleaned with alcohol before inserting) Next day sore, little pink, little discharge. hard to tell weather its puss or not. started salt water soaks. Did not help much. Got more sore as the days went on. I have not went to the doc but started taking antibiotics an took the ring out and still soaking. How long should t take for the infection to clear up. Also there is some firmness in the area between the holes? Not real sure if that is scar tissue from the surgery or the infection? Whats your thoughts?

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Kesi November 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

its going on about 8 months since i had my belly button pierced. a few weeks ago i change my belly ring to anoter ring, then changed it back to the orginal one because it started hurting. how long will it take for it to stop hurting? Also when I move it it hurts and I have a burning sensation.

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Heather Martinez September 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Okay so I got my belly button pierced 8 weeks ago, tomorrow 9/22/13, and I know that after 6 weeks you can change the piercing. But I was wondering is it okay to take the ring out and wash your stomach with antibacterial soap and if so how long can the piercing last before it closes. Anyone know? Input is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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Hannah June 11, 2013 at 7:52 am

is a MONTH & A HALF too soon to change your belly button ring? i have a double navel piercing (both) and i clean them both 4 times a day total (in the shower 2 time with dial soap and h20cean 2 times a day too).. but im really anxious and it seems to be healing fine, so can i change it?

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Gabs June 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Sara, if you don’t know how the f**k to clean or take care of it, why the f**k would you pierce it yourself?

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daija June 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

I’ve had mmy bellybutton pierced for about 3 months now and I was wondering if next week will I be able to go swimming! Somebody help me

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KeyLey May 26, 2013 at 7:33 am

So I got mine done, lets say 2 days ago. It’s healing fine, little pain, nothing to be worried about. I clean it every chance I get (about 5-7 times a day) with dawn dish washing liquid, salt water, and some lube jelly my piercer gave me. That isn’t the issue for me, my issue is… I think he did it wrong. My friend got hers done, and then I got mine done. To her, and now that she’s said it, it looks pierced to high. I dont know if this is true or not… But if it is, what do I do? Keep it (because it makes me unique and amazing to have an oddball piercing) OR take it out (because I’m a freak and it’s abnormal to have a to high piercing?
If you’re going to answer email me at: smileyisoncrack@yahoo.com
Or on here I’m a pretty desperate woman.

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rachel April 29, 2013 at 10:47 pm

im going to get my belly peirced , i got my nose done a few years ago and i am allergic to fake mettal so it got infected at first and i dont want that to happen to this percing , would you suggest to get bioflex ? or something different i can wear stainless steel and its fine but will that open up a greater risk of infection ? im trying to make this as painless and unmessy as possiable . i would really appreciate your help :) thanks .

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Lynndidi April 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Hi guys I got my belly repeirced I had it done about two years ago I took it out after about 4 moths because it got so infected I’m trying to avoid that again so I was just wondering if after two days it looks like it starting to sink and I don’t like it that’s what happens before!

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unknown April 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Hi I really need yours advice guys…iv got my belly pieced abwt a week back and iv been takn my baths twice a day and ever since last tym there was blood and abit of puss coming out is this normal or should I be conserned?plz plz gv me advice on wt to do thanks

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Kerry March 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

Hi I got my belly button pierced about 2 n a Half
Months ago and just recently started to get really swollen :( it hurts and I don’t know what to do? Any suggestions?

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SABRINA January 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm

MY NAME IS SABRINA AND I GOT MY BELLY PERCIED ABOUT 4-5 MONTHS AGO AND I THINK ITS INFECTED BECAUSE THEIR IS GREEN/YELLOISH OOZIE STUFF COME OUT AND I AM WONDERING WHAT SHOULD I USE TO CLEAN IT . PLEASE HELP ME :) THANK YOU !

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Sierra January 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I got my belly button repierced three days ago and it hurts shiuld I get the aftercare spray at walmart. Anrd.this website helped out alot this time its not gonna get infrcted and

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Liz December 14, 2012 at 5:43 am

I just got my belly piercing it’s my first piercing at midnight, so say 3 hrs ago and i dunno how soon I should spray it ? or clean it? should I wait till the morning? should I do it now?

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Amberr September 30, 2012 at 2:55 am

Okay so I’m gonna answer some of you guy’s question!
So first of all, if one of your holes are healing slower than the other that’s completely normal just keep on cleaning, I suggest washing your hands before touching the wound ! I recommend using an anti-bacterial hand wash to clean the piercing. Use a q-tip and dip it in the soap and just gently clean off any blood, crusties etc off the jewelry and the piercing itself afterward spray it with a sea salt solution or just any kind of piercing aftercare spray! ( I sometimes use Vitamin E cream/oil to soothe it)

If you start to see a bump or a bubble forming apply tea-tree oil to it using a q-tip, only apply a very little amount! if you use too much it could dry out the piercing !

If your piercing it oozing out a smelly green or bright yellow goo ( if it’s a clear or cream color than it’s normal, and it shouldn’t stink) than chances are you have an infection! Continue cleaning your piercing also keep the belly ring in so it’ll help drain the puss! use Bactine! and apply a bandage to it use the antibiotic ones! they help! but if your infection is sever than see a doctor immediately!

FTC: THIS IS MY OWN OPINION AND WHAT WORKED FOR ME!

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Jacki September 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

I got my navel pierced like 2 weeks ago, I had one a couple years ago but it rejected so I got new one on the bottom instead so it didn’t go through scar tissue. It was really painful to start with but now it doesn’t hurt as bad, but it’s red, the skin in the middle is hard-ish and peeling, super crusty and when I push it up I can see green/white goo, I used saltwater but that actually made it very irratated then I used anti bacterial soap which made it crustier. What to do? I have 18 piercings. My old navel piercing went really hard and one day I looked down and the skin had simply teared, I dont want this to reject, what should I do? <3

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Lucy September 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Wow, a lot of people on this forum have awful grammar… Anyways, I’ve never heard of any professional piercer advising anyone to stay away from Bactine. I use Bactine and a basic Saline solution from a spray bottle. The aftercare has been relatively simple for me, I clean it with soap in the shower, dry it fully and then apply my Bactine and Saline solutions! My piercing is a bit red and sore, but I’ve only had it for four days, I asked the man who pierced me and he assured me that was completely normal! I think a lot of the people on here should go back to middle school English class and take out the piercings that were self-inflicted… :)

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angel August 27, 2012 at 8:10 am

hi, so i was wondering, i got mine pierced yesterday and the piercer did not ask what size he would place so i thought it was the 14 g but after he did it, i found out that it was 16 g. so is it alright if i put the 14g? also he told me that if i wanted to get the ring changed i should go back after 2 weeks but isn’t it that the healing process is at least 3 months?. i don’t know what to do. please help!

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Theresa August 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Hi, I first got my piercing done 2 years ago and they piercer made the skin small and my belly button ring can move, he didn’t tell me not to use peroxide because it was gettin infected so I used it and it ended up shrinking. I got it repierced again a month later from a diffrent piercer and it looked great I listed exactly what He said I always used h2ocean and even sea salt but then a bump ended up on it and nothing came out of it. I used anti bacterial soap too. I did this for a while. But the thing is I always wore tight shirts. I didn’t touch it either. I also never asked the piercer what’s wrong. As time went by it shrank again and got extremely infected so I finally went to he piercer and he said take that out!!!! And I asked when I can get it re pierced and he said a year so I’ve been waiting for like 3 months and there’s a scar there and I don’t like it. I was thinking if I should get it re pierced? I really want it again though. Another idea I was wondering is if I should pierce it on the bottom ? I need your help because I want this bad. And I want to know soon so just email me ASAP! Thanks

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Theresa August 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Hi, I first got my piercing done 2 years ago and they piercer made the skin small and my belly button can move, he didn’t tell me not to use peroxide because it was gettin infected so I used it and it ended up shrinking. I got it repierced again a month later from a diffrent piercer and it looked great I listed exactly what I said I always used h2ocean and even sea salt but then a bump ended up on it and nothing came out of it. I used anti bacterial soap too. I did this for a while. But the thing is I always wore tight shirts. I didn’t touch it either. I also never asked the piercer what’s wrong. As time went by it shrank again and got extremely infected so I finally went to he piercer and he said take that out!!!! And I asked when I can get it re pierced and he said a year so I’ve been waiting for like 3 months and there’s a scar there and I don’t like it. I was thinking if I should get it re pierced? I really want it again though. Another idea I was wondering is if I should pierce it on the bottom ? I need your help because I want this bad. Thanks

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Sara August 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Hey im sara and i just got my belly peirced about 2 days ago. I was wondering if its normal for the peircing to ooze and crust alot. Also do yuh think regular iodined salt works to or does it have to be noniodined sea salt. My pericing looks fine just a little red. I did it myself so i really dont know how to take care of it. anmy suggestionns?

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Crystal August 1, 2012 at 4:29 am

i had mine 4 3months now but i had it changed in like 2months 1/2 and so i had that 4 a while and changed it again myself but i feel like i cut myself because when i was changing it i couldnt get the ring 2 the top hole so i sorta forced it 2 and it hurt and started bleeding when it was put on now i continue 2 find blood everytime for like 2 weeks alredyand i hav changed it 2 my 1st pericing again so it can heal but continues 2 feel sore & i clean with a q-tip idk and still find blood wat else 2 dooo?? is this rele bad??/ ;(

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nichole July 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Well i found out that my belly button isnt infected(: but BABYBEE you should be fine, skin cant grow over the ball but whatever you do, DONT TAKE IT OUT but your best bet is to just wait and see if yur whole gets tinyer, yur skin should grow around the bar but it might just be like that because you got it repeiced. Hope i helped if you wanna ask anymore questions be free to ill keep in touch with this website .

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Babybee July 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I got my belly re-pierced almost a week ago, I’ve had no problems with yuckie stuff coming out or any dryness. I was looking at it last night and I had noticed that the top ball looked like it could fit threw the hole. I’ve pushed it up to clean it and it’s kinda made a deep little divet in my belly button, and I’m scared that if I leave it, the skin will grow over the top ball…

Should I go back to the place I got it.?
What should I do.? Answers PLEASEE!!

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Sarah July 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I got my belly button pierced 2 1/2 weeks ago and it doesn’t hurt anymore, even when I bump it (unless its hit kinda hard), the bottom hole is fine, its not red or anything but the top hole is a little red and a little bit dry sometimes, no fluids or discharge comes out though. Im assuming the red halo/dryness is alright, since it doesn’t hurt or discharge. Does anyone know that for sure?

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Morgan July 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I got my belly button piercing a week ago and have been cleaning it like I’m supposed to the bottom looks like it is healing really well but the top has a redish pink ring around the piercing. Is that normal? Also it has been crusting but I know how to take care of that…

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nichole July 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Okay so mine name is nichole im 15 and i got my belly botton done about 3 almost 4 months ago ive always wanted it done since i was 13. But anyways i think its infected but i dont know ferssure it pusses but only when i take it put and squeeze it, the bar smells and its a bit swollen but its not red and doesnt hurt idk if its just the way its healing or not i clean it atleast 2 times a day with the gold dial soap and put a and d oitment on it, i havent gone to the doctors yet but i hope i dont have to take it out ! I will be soo sad but yeahh any advice on wht to do or does anyone have an exsperience on infected belly bottons or wht do i do? I really wanna keep.it.

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Yasy June 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Hi I don’t know what to do because it mine peircing on Sunday and it’s got crust around the peircing and when I wipe it it doesn’t come off and it gets stuck when I move it and when Im in the bath I can move it but when I clean it it’s itchy and it has this i cant make out what colour it is i dont know its its yellow or greyish goo pushing out but it’s not coming out and it’s annoying me and I have being cleaning it with salt 2 times a day So I don’t know what to do can you help or do I know to take it out

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JassyJas June 15, 2012 at 12:52 am

I got my belly button piercing almost a month ago. My belly button doesn’t hurt too much unless my family or friends are rough with me ( I constantly have to remind them that I have a piercing). However, my jewelry has turned my naval area dark red. Should I just go ahead and change my jewelry or is this normal? Also, the lady who pierced me did not tell me anything about using salt water. Does it have to be sea salt or can it just be regular non-iodized salt? One last thing….my piercing lady said I could get into any kind of water WITHOUT A BANDAGE in about 2 months and I have a family vacation to the beach soon. Should I get in the water without a bandage or should I still wear one just in case? Thank you so much for all of your help :)

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Allie June 6, 2012 at 12:19 am

i am suppose to get my bellybutton pierced this weekend but im not sure if it is smart to do so or not. it is summer and i know i wont probably be able to swim but im okay , i maybe would be able to swim with the waterproof bandages that are suggested?but what i am worried about is i have cheerleading tryouts in 3 months. and it says once practices start (im guessing this only counts for practices not tryouts) that nojewelry is allowed you cant even put a bandage over it) i’ve read that your suppose to keep it in minimum of 3 MONTHS – 6 MONTHS. which should work out good, but im not so sure how true that is, if you can really keep it in for 3months?

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Joana May 29, 2012 at 2:21 am

The best way to keep your belly piercing clean is too mix up your own sea salt spray. You can purchase a sprayer bottle for about $2 at the shops. Mix up 1 heaped table
spoon of sea salt in a glass of water. Mix well with HOT water. This will dissolve the salt. Then pour as much of the solution in the sprayer bottle and shake will. This will last you about 1-2 months worth of healing spray.

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tenia May 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Okay I had my belly pierced for a month and like 2 weeks almost two months. My belly button got then out of nowhere. I’m guessing its migrating but I’m not sure if its normal or not. Should I take the ring out of just take care of it and maybe it will heal more better?

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Shanna May 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

I’m 13 and got my belly button pierced 2 days ago. I can feel the bar I the middle .and its red… Wyeth do I start ustinov the sea salt method

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Danielle May 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

hey i got my piercing on my birthday (april 12) of last year and the top of it has healed but the bottom has not. It always gets crusty at the bottom and there is a discharge but its not a lot of it. It also looks pink and seems to always be moist. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it doesnt. Idk what to do to make it heal up. Ive been told to use sea salt and water, dial antibacterial soap, saline, etc but it just wont close. Please tell me what to do im at my wits end and i dont want to take my piercing out. HELP!

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vannah May 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

im gettin mine in… 20 days and im really scared its gonna get infected and everything but idk i guess i just scared in general

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Bree May 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Is it safe to do it your self

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Talo May 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Hi , I got my belly piercing about 2 months ago and everything was fine , sometimes I would get crust on the bottom and top of the holes which I would clean . I used regular soap and hydrogen peroxide to clean the jewelry and the holes . After 2 months (now) I got rash around the top hole that itches . Is this normal ? Did this happen to anybody ? I am very worried about it and would appropriate your help.

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mckenzey April 22, 2012 at 8:31 am

I just got mine done yesterday !!! It didn’t hurt n still hasn’t but I’m so scared to get it infected how will ik its infected n how do ik I’m cleaning it rite

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merelyn April 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

I have had my belly ring for about 4 months and til this day the area round it is still a dark color and it won’t go away ! What can I do so it could go away and heal perfectly fine ? Please let me know thanks!

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sheryl April 11, 2012 at 1:19 am

hey i got my belly peicered 5 days ago and 3 days after the peicing it was extremly itchy like sever itching and even the slightest movement would trigger the itchyness. also ive notices around the belly button hole where the gem sits all around it has like a bubbly lumps and it also really itchy. whats going on here i, really worried im using salt and water and a hygine spray i bought from the place i got my peicing done. please tell me how to reduced the swelling and what to do

thanks xxx

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Cori April 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I also had another question. How can i tell what size my belly ring is? My piercer didn’t tell me. Should i call him and ask?

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Cori April 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I went and got my belly pierced on March 24 of this year and ive been cleaning it and everything like i’m supposed to. I’ve heard and read that some bleeding may occur. Mine hasn’t bled at all. Is this due to me cleaning it like i’m supposed to or what?

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Tracy March 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Heyy igot my belly pierced about a month ago &&its really cute but its like dark around the piercing , ihave taken it out &&changed it &&its fine , it hardly hurts , but there’s fluid coming out all the time , idt its infected but when itook it out idecided that iregret getting it bcuz ihave this huge hole in my stomach &&my belly was cute b4 igot the piercing , if itake it out will it heal completely ? &&Go back to normall ?

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Meghan March 3, 2012 at 12:28 am

I have had my bell button pierced for five months now it will be the 6th month on the 17th of this month. Well i had a bump on the bottom and the top of my piercing, the bottom bump went away. As for the top bump it went away and then came back today . When the bump healed before it has some scabbing that peeled off and it was a whole in it, it healed and now the bump is back. :( What should i do ???

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Cat February 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

Alright guys. I see lot’s of people asking about their new piercing. Okay. 1. Don’t touch it! unless your in the shower and do so gently with a unscented anti bacterial soap, more or less let the water hit above it and trickle down. 2. Use H2Ocean spray 5 to 8 times a day, and take your shower before bed time. Make sure the sheets are clean every week, as well as use a fresh towel to dry off every night. Use paper towels or toilet tissue to dab at the piercing. Don’t actually use your towel to dry your piercing. 3. Your body CAN reject the piercing easily if you have had it done wrong as in shallow and a shallow piercing is when the original piercing has too much of the bar sticking out, more than of which is normal; the jewelry is too light, it can be too light as well as too heavy; and if you hit it, it can reject.

I have had a navel ring reject, I had it for 7 to 8 months. It migrated to about a centimeter before I really noticed, because of the fact that I had a smaller sized banana ring in and a good half the bar was sticking out the bottom. It’s been about a day since I got it redone, because of my scar tissue, it pings every now and then, that is normal. No redness, but the first time it was pierced after a couple of days a little blood came out during cleaning and it went back and forth to phase 2 and 3 off and on and never healed on TOP, it was healed on the bottom. I had crusties for about a month and they stopped pretty much.

Your piercing CAN heal only half way, if after 6 months the bottom half if your piercing is healed, and the top has a reddish or pink, even pink-purplish halo around it, see your piercer IMMEDIATELY and ask to have it look at. The chances here of it rejecting are going to be high if it is half healed. It basically means there is too much friction on top, and it’s bouncing back and forth between phase 2 and phase 3 of healing and may have regressed to the beginning. You cannot change it like this.

I have 11 piercings and am looking to get hired on as a piercing apprentice hopefully. I have four ear piercings on either ear, 3 lobes each side, one cartilage; a right nose stud, L shaped ring; my tongue; and my navel for the second time. I weigh about 80 pounds at 5’1″. Titanium rings can be colored and the color will not come off. It is the only metal that will have colors that will not come off inside your piercings. I used them in my tongue a lot.

My second time getting my belly pierced was done yesterday with a surgical steel banana bar, deeper and thicker than last time, with the bigger of the two banana bar sizes. I was worried the jewelry would be too heavy due to changing out my smaller ring to a same gauge bar with bigger gem ends, but it isn’t. It was before. If it is too heavy and you feel it dangling, it means you are probably rejecting or it’s too big. Smaller jewelry would be best, see your piercer if anything seems out of the ordinary or you don’t know. The best thing to do is ask. When getting a new piercing or being new to piercing in general asking any question is not a dumb thing to do so ask away. That is what your piercer is for, to help you.

Remember, do research, as much as possible before getting your piercing. I am looking into getting a lip stud, similar to your nose. Some people call them angel bites, whether they are on the top or the bottom. The inside is treated as if you would your tongue, the outside as if you would your nose or ear or belly. It will swell up for about 3-5 days on average. When I got my tongue done, it hardly swelled. It swelled for about a day and went down, more than likely this will be the case for my lip. If you have your tongue done, and it had a similar swell, it will most likely do the same for your “angel bite”. The rings used for those lip piercings are flat on the inside and have a little round ball on the outside.

I hope this information helped anyone who reads it.

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Trisha February 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

okay i have a tricky situation for those who care to read this and want to help. I got my belly button pierced over a year ago, maybe two and it rejected. it split in half vertically and over time the skin reattached itself and then it was scar tissue. i noticed that the scar tissue stuck out a little and it almost felt like fluid was inside. i ignored it for a year or so and jus recently i got my navel repierced, but this time i used a silicon belly ring, plastic, so i wouldnt reject. now suddenly the scar tissue got huge, red, swollen, and the top skin was peeling off the scar tissue. just now i picked off more peeling skin and i pushed on it and puss came out, almost like a zit i guess. a lot of clear liquid came out too. so now there is a decent sized hole in the middle of the two balls of the navel piercing. anyone care to tell me what happened and what i can do to fix this problem?

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Amber January 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

i got my belly percied 3 weeks ago and it was hurting and red the first week but now its peeling but it doesnt hurt is that normal?

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allison January 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Mea,
Mine did the exact same thing a couple years ago:(
Unfortunately, this can happen for multiple reasons, and you never really know if it will happen again. Your body rejects piercings sometimes as an outside intruder.
Fortunately though i had mine repierced in september last year and itss doing just fine(: well, so far. It has made it farther than the previouss time so im praying for the best. But you could have a piercing for 3years and it will sometimes randomly reject. Just make sure youre cleaning it properly

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Mea January 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hey
I got my belly pierced about 4 to 5 months ago. It was healing fine and everything. As time passed i noticed the amount of skin between the piercing was just getting smaller and smaller and just yesterday it fell out! The hole isn’t there anymore and all I have is a scar and no piercing :(
Why did that happen? And should I get it repierced or will the same thing happen again?
Thanks

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taylor January 17, 2012 at 6:48 am

i got my bellybutton pierced about 6weeks and now have saw a blood bubble behind the bottom of my piercing and know I’m worrying it would be great if you could message back soon as , xx

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Cynthia January 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I got my bellybutton pierced yesterday and I’ve been cleaning it but it doesn’t bleed and I don’t get any crusties it doesn’t even hurt. Is that normal?

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Gray January 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I just got my belly button pierced on thursday and i’m taking really good care of it. i really love it and i’m thinking about getting my bottom half of my tummy done too. i think it’s a good idea and i would love it. is it a good idea?

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Yasmina December 8, 2011 at 5:44 am

hey, I’m getting my belly pierced very soon. If you loose weight, will your belly button still look the same, or will it begin to hang and look weird after you have lost weight?:D pleass help

XOXO

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Rose December 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Hi I got my belly periced about 2 weeks ago and i have had it done before it is pink on the top and bottom and really hard in the middle i have been cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide is it ok???? It’s not hurtting or anything. :/

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Celina December 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Hey. I’m 18, I got my piercing done in late July and I just changed it for the first time two days ago. It didn’t bug me at first, but I woke up this morning and it was really sore, like how it felt a few days after I got it done. It’s a little red, and yesterday I saw some white-ish puss coming from it. Is it infected, still healing, or adjusting to the new ring? Thanks!

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Alex December 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm

SO I got my belly pierced about 2 weeks ago…everything seems to be going fine but now the top around the ball is red and irritated and It’s been like this for like a week straight now and this morning when I woke up the skin was almost over the ball I’m kinda freaking out because I don’t want it to be infected..I was cleaning it with dial antibacterial soap and with hot water and seasalt…now I’ve been using a&d ointment twice to three times a day…I really hope its not infected…what else should I do someone help please!

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Kira November 27, 2011 at 8:20 am

Okay so i got my belly button pierced yesterday!It seems to be doing fine i guess=]..i really do not regret getting it done,i can move it around and i clean it 2-3 times a day(with plain table salt and cold water mix…or atleast try to=)..i try and sleep on my back now so that it doesnt get iritated,its sensitive in the slightest way..like i dont even let people close to it cos i know that that will sting!..Oh yeah and im 14:)

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Amanda November 22, 2011 at 7:00 am

i was wondering what the difference is between the bioplast, titanium, sterling sliver, and any other kind of material that the rings are made of and which one is the best one to have for the first piercing. and which ones you should buy after the wound heals..and how long does it normally take for the heal to fully heal?
and if i get it done in the summer what are the chances it will reject more?

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Amanda November 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

i was wondering what the difference is between the bioplast, titanium, sterling sliver, and any other kind of material that the rings are made of and which one is the best one to have for the first piercing. and which ones you should buy after the wound heals..and how long does it normally take for the heal to fully heal?
thanks for your help in advance :)

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Amanda November 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

i was wondering what the difference is between the bioplast, titanium, sterling sliver, and any other kind of material that the rings are made of and which one is the best one to have for the first piercing. and which ones you should buy after the wound heals..and how long does it normally take for the heal to fully heal?

thanks for your help in advance :)

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Caitlin November 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Hello. I just got my belly button pierced an Sunday, and now it’s Tuesday. Yesterday it felt amazing, it wa barely sore to the touch and was a tad bit red. Today, it’s red ans swollen in-between the two holes, and I noticed a whiteish liquid coming out, and I also noticed some crusties. I have been cleaning it twice a day with antibacterial soap and water, and I’m going to start using the sea salt mixture today. I wanted it done so bad, and I’m so scared of getting an infection. Is mine starting to get an infection or is it just irritated, or is it my body just adjusting to the piercing? A fast answer would help a lot. Thanks so much! :)

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Karina November 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Had my belly done 4 days now, doesnt hurt at all and didnt hurt getting it done. Its stiff to move and the redness hasnt gone down? Its aroun the top ball mainly. Is this normal? I am using warm saltwater and savlon spray with cotton wool buds. and if u have had a keloid on your ear piercing can u get them anywhere else???? Im worried x

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Kate November 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I got my belly pierced like in the end of september this year sooo nearly two month and a half now….im cleaning it so it doesnt hurts at all….but few days ago i got some red round on the bottom its looking like a spot but its not …its not big and kind off blue and red what can it mean???help please

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Haley November 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I’m surprised I haven’t seen anyone ask this yet, but I am looking into getting my naval pierced soon and want to know WHERE to get it done. What types of things should I look for when choosing a parlor? I live in Topeka, Kansas, but would be willing to drive to Lawrence, Kansas City (KS or MO), or any other surrounding area. Does anyone know of any dependable parlors nearby? I am fourteen, so they would need to be willing to pierce a minor (with parental consent, of course).

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kaitlin November 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

where can you get listerine? an yeah it is okay that means its doing great!

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Stacey Bittle November 2, 2011 at 12:07 am

I got my naval pierced last Friday, and so far all I have had is redness and tenderness around the holes, I clean my piercing with sea salt and water and if it gets infected, I use listerine to clean it. It works REALLY well. I haven’t had any discharge or puss. I do have a scab at the top hole underneath the ball. I was just wondering, is it okay not to have any discharge or puss?

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kaitlin October 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Okay so i got my belly done about 2 days ago an i use bacitracin an wash it every day i got a lil pus like stuff coming out and it hurts kinda but the holes are forming good but i was woundering when can you start changing it an what other things can i use to help it heal?

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Breia October 23, 2011 at 1:36 am

IV had my belly pierced for two months I have crust around my ball is that normal? & IV been changing my piercings out every once in a while, do u think I changed it to early??

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kathleen October 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm

hi i got my belly button pierce like 5 years ago and one day i change my belly button ring and it started to hurt so i took it off and a few days after the skin were you put the ring in got hard but it doesnt hurt and it doesnt look infected but if i put another ring in it it gets really tender and start to hurt can you tell what that could be

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Kathy October 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm

-Hey, i just qot my belly pierced today & its doin well its just a little red on the top.. i just need youre help in which products to qet to make it heal well.. Plz answer me b4 it qets any problems ! Thanks :]

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gabby October 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Me and my boyfriend pierced my belly button 3 days a go and needle after needle and I was in so much pain I told him to stop ant the next day morning I did it with a earring. I left it in all day and then I put a 14 gage barbel in. Its gray just around the top hole and gray and black (black from the blood drying) around the bottom hole. I think the gray is dead? Tissue. Is this suppose to happen? Is this normal?

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Faith October 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm

hi, i just got my belly button pierced again like 2 days ago and it was pierced with the hoop rings and to me its doing fine, but i previously had it pierced like two months ago but it got ripped out but i changed the ring after two weeks and i was wondering if its okay to change my new ones (top & bottom is pierced) in about two weeks ?

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melissa September 30, 2011 at 12:37 am

hi robbie i had a ? for you..
I just got my belly button pierced and purchased the h20 spray dial soap and some eye saline solution. Should i use all 3 aftercare products a day? and if so how many times each product? I dont know if it would be bad to overdue it with all these different products so if u could get back to me that would rock!!!!!!
thanks for your time,
-Melis<3

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Tanya September 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm

hello :)
I had my belly button pierced 5 days ago. Its doing fine but i was looking up new rings for when i am fully healed. i know how long to wait till i get a new one and how to clean it fine. I’m just worried about the size of my piercing. I wasn’t told if i had a 14 or 16 gauge i have the bar piercing not the ring. There was two sizes and i asked for the larger one. The guy in the tattoo shop asked to see my belly button and he said yes that i could use the bigger ones just fine.. i didn’t stop to think that it mattered. If i had a bigger one around does that mean i more than likely have the 16 gauge how do i measure the belly button ring to be sure? please get back to me when you can i have been trying to look up how to measure the ring but i haven’t found a good site.

Thanks lots :)

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Brydie September 10, 2011 at 12:34 am

heyy im Brydie and im 14 i got my belly done for my b-day about 4 months ago and its still a little red On the top and bottom im not sure if it is scar tissue or if it is infected i would like some one to tell me what the problem is a.s.a.p please i need some HELP!!!!! :)

Thanks
Brydie :)

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kelsey September 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

hi, i got my belly button pierced 3 months ago.. and where i got it done they said it only took 2 months until i could change it. ive cleaned it and everything. yesterday went and got a new ring and had the lady put it in she could barley get it through the hole and now it really hurts…. was it not ready? what do i dooooo :(

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Skotia August 24, 2011 at 1:10 am

I got my naval done a few days ago, and I have a small scab under the top ball of the piercing. Maybe I hit it but I’m not so sure, is this normal? Or should I be concerned and get it checked out?

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sarah August 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

heyy!! i got my tummy pierced yest and its saw and i cant laid down on tummy because its saw its been bleading . ??

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sarah August 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

heyy!! i got my tummy pierced yest and its saw and i cant laid down on tummy because its saw its been bleading . ??

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Lisa Davis August 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Is Tea Tree anygood?? Ive tried it but it just makes more puss!!! Is this normal?

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Adrianna August 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

So I want to get my belly button pierced and I’ve heard that bioplast is best but I dont like the balls so if I got a non-bioplast ring and just changed the balls would it make a difference?

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Shelley August 10, 2011 at 1:52 am

Heyy!!
So I got my navel pierced 2 days ago. Ive been cleaning it in the shower day & nite and wen I do it , it stings ior burns.. Is tht normal? And also, as soon as im done cleaning it the white stuff appears around the piercing.. Is tht normal too

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kdog August 9, 2011 at 12:31 am

I’ve had my belly botton pierced for almost a month now. It’s doing fantastic. I use H2ocean 2-3 times a day. I get crusties around the holes but i just clean it off with a qtip soaked in h2ocean. PEOPLE- YOU HAVE A METAL BAR THROUGH YOUR STOMACH…of course its going to be red, be sore, and puss occasionaly. So chill out. I only move my bar when cleaning it. Also, i dont play with it,CHANGE IT, or use harh products. I also use baby soap in the shower because its dye and chemical free and doesnt irritate it. :)

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Caitlin August 7, 2011 at 12:01 am

i wanna get my bellybutton pierced.. i live in new zealand and its august at the moment which means in about 3 months i’m gonna wanna be swimming in the ocean (i surf) . is 3 months long enough to leave the piercing before exposing it to salt water? i know salt water heals but will it give it an infection?

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Elle August 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

!I got my belly button pierced two months ago,it was healing fine at first but this past week its been leaking yellowish discharge with blood when i clean it.salt soaks apparently havent been working.help?

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gen August 6, 2011 at 10:03 am

I got the inner conch of my ear pierced a few days ago, and it didn’t hurt up until yesterday. Now it is constantly throbbing (like a tooth ache) and when i do the saline soaks my piercing turns the cotton balls pink/purple. The piercing itself looks fine, but why would it turn the cotton balls pink / purple? It only started doing this last night, and did it again this morning.

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Fatyma Echeverria July 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Hi I just got my belly pierced yesterday and well the guy gave me some triple antibiotic stuff ti clean it with… will that help?

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allyson July 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

i’ve heard that oceans are good for belly button piercings . the salt water helps heal & that was from the people who did it. as long as you clean it after your at the beach.

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Tessa July 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm

So i’ve had my belly pierced for about 2 months. i clean it pretty regularly and its not sore or red but theres always a crusty ring arund only the bottom half and sometimes its a little crusted blood but ive never seen blood come out of it. I changed my piercing about 5 weeks after i got it. It also oozes out green goo. It literally looks like gooey snot. It still looks like its a completely opened wound. And the belly ring i have now is plastic is that bad?

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Lisa July 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

First off you guys, NEVER ever use hydrogen peroxide or healing ointment! I have 14 piercings and have friends who pierce and tattoo professionally. My piercings heal very well and quick as long as you LISTEN to the person who pierces you. And you should never use peroxide or ointment cream on it .Never go in the pool or hot tub (too much bacteria). If you do, wear a bandage over it and as soon as you get out, wash it immediately. All you really need to do is clean it with either A. Sea salt/Kosher salt mixed with warm water and a qtip with not a lot of fuzz on it. If you use a cotton ball the cotton can get in the piercing and it’ll get infected. B. Dial antibacterial soap (no frangrance. Just regular antibacterial soap) with warm water and a qtip with not a lot of fuzz on it too. It’ll heal fine. Also puss, swollen, redness, bleeding, is usual when you get pierced because you jsut had a needle punctured through your skin, and all of that stuff coming out of it is normal, except if it’s yellow or green or another color BESIDES white, then you should go to a piercer and get it taken out.

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Dallas July 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

I just got my belly button peirced last thursday and its red around the holess of the peircing, no puss but there is this white soft skin on the inside, is that normal? Also ive been soaking my peircing twice a day with sea salt, then i use bactine, and everyone says bactine is good to use, is this true? Or should i switch to dial soap? my mom doesnt know i have it peirced so i want it to heal as fast as possible.

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Carolyn July 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I just mine’s done today and the lady told me to use antibacterial soap [ dail soap ] is that ok ? or should i find something else to use ?

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joie July 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

hello, im going to turn 16 in about 1 week and i would like to get my naval pierced on my birthday. I was wondering how likely it is to get an infection after having your naval pierced because im a diabetic and i can be hospitalized for having infections. I really want this piercing and i will take the risk of getting an infection if the porbability isn’t too high…

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Kate July 6, 2011 at 7:30 am

I just got my piercing yesterday, and i was wondering if swimming in our salt water pool is a no? I know your not suppose to swim, but since it’s salt water and not chlorine, is it okay?

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Jasmine July 1, 2011 at 4:06 am

i juts turned 13 and want a navel piercing, but i know both my parents are probably completely against it… is there anything i could tell my mumto make her OK with it? or should i just go ahead and pierce it myself? i want to get it done professionally, but if doing it myself is the only way, then thats what ill do.
thx, jazzie

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Brittany Cifers June 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

um. i got my belly button done friday and its red top and bottom. what should i do? i dont want it to get infected. ive been cleaning it good.

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sierra June 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm

i havn’t gotten mine done yet. but one of my friends said shed pierce it for me. i just wanted to know if there are any hypo-allergenic posts that i can use. i have to wear that type of earring and i figured its better to be safe than sorry.

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Shannon June 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I had my belly pierced about 6-8 weeks ago,. I clean it regularly but sometimes i wake up and the bottom hole still has crusty stuff on the bar- also when i changed it i noticed that the skin in between the holes is really hard ? Is this normal as i can still place the bar through without any trouble,. My top hole is still red and is scarring now i think but where the middle piece is hard when i place a dangly bar through i am unable to do it up as the bar only slightly comes out the top :S,. Is this due to the hard bit and is it swelling ? Comment back thanks

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angelina June 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm

i have had my belly peiricing for a while but sometimes white puss comes out. its not red or swollen nd it doesnt evn itch. but i just have the white pus thing come out sometimes. what does that mean??

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sash June 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

i pierce my navel fron last year june an it almost a year now and it has not healed as yet i sometimes see puss coming from it bt it doesnt look infected to me i wonder wats wrong with it why it hasnt healed as yet

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Quinn May 31, 2011 at 6:52 am

Hi, i got my belly button pirced about a week ago and the the ball has been red and i know that is normal but now the top ball is going threw the hole, what should i do?

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chelsea May 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

well i jus got mine done like 3days ago n nothing is goin on wit me its only i little tender wen i touch it or move it but i mite clean it 2 times but usually once a day with soap bcuz im scared to over clean it n i really want to go swimming but idk if dats a gud thing to do

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gabii May 22, 2011 at 6:20 am

Hi there so I’m plannin to pierce my own belly button :O yes I know its dangoerous but I’m goin to use sterile needle and navel bar and I got this diy kit online and its got instructions and I have read all the stuff about the saline solution and everythin so I think I know wat I’m doin but I’m scared it will hurt and bleed and stuff like tht and I don’t wanna go to the doctors for this coz I don’t want my mum to find out :/

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Laura May 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I got my belly button pierced in September, and it hasnt bothered me for a long time. My only problem is that it keeps getting a bump on the right side of the top hole. It gets red and looks kind of like a bubble. When I am cleaning it and I push the bar up so I can clean the crust off of the top ball, a little reddish-yellowish bubble comes out of the hole but goes back in when I stop pushing. It sounds like the fat things you talked about. The only part that bothers me is that It makes my piercing crooked so it tilts to the left, away from the bump. Will it ever go back to normal? or has it “migrated” so that it is permanently slanted??

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Marie May 16, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I got my belly button pierced a year ago in june. it healed well and i didnt change it for six months. After i changed it the peircing started to get painful and pus was coming out. I put back in my original peircing and left it in for another three or so months. Since then i have had gunky stuff of the bottom of the peircing and when i squeeze it white stuff comes out. sometimes it hurts and sometimes it doesnt. I took it out the other day just to see what it would look like. It bled a little but it wasnt like gushy blood just a little. Why is it doing this? Is it something i need to go to a doctor over? because a year seems like too long it should be healed now…

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Alexis Mosley May 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm

the day after i got my belly done it bled almost all day, finally it did stop. Is it normal to bleed like that?..Also, is it better to use peroxide, anti-bacterial soap or sea salt?

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Sarah May 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I got my belly pierced yesterday but my piercer used a ring instead of one that lays flatter. Its been catching my shirt, even though I’m wearing a loose tshirt. I was wondering if i can change the ring to one that lies flatter or have my piercer do it, or do I just have to wait it out? The piercing itself doesnt hurt unless its caught by my shirt. If i wait a week will it still be to soon? Thoughts please, its way uncomfortable when it catches.

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tina May 1, 2011 at 4:35 am

i had my belly button done a few days ago and it is sore when i bend over is this normal and when will the pain go . please help

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Faydra April 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

So I got my belly pierced last week and it’s perfectly fine. It isn’t sore and it’s only a little red at the top. My dilemma is after I clean it and pay it dry, my skin starts drying and after it drys the clear discharge drys and it sticks to the barbell and gets stuck. How do I keep it from getting stuck is there something I can put on it I use saline solution and antibacterial soap to clean it 2xs a day what more can I do? Or is it normal because it’s still early and it’s just healing?

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Scarlett April 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I got my piercing last year august and it is still forming ‘crusties” is this normal?
What should i do? Any advice would be great!
Thanks!

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Tori Lambright April 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm

So i got my belly button done a week ago. It is red and a scab is forming around it. It hurts to do physical activity/ jump. I know the redness is normal but not sure about the scab.

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juntel April 19, 2011 at 12:02 am

i have very sensitive skin && im going to get my belly button done .. will it affected my skinn ?

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Tiffany April 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm

i’m workout every single day. I sweat like crazy. Will this affect the way my belly button heals? How can i protect it or keep it trama free at the gym? Should I be putting a bandage on it when i workout?

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Kirsten Towles April 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I got my belly done 5 days ago and its bein red at the top and I’ve been using alcohol and neosporne. but know it hurts when i touch it. and i sleep on the floor, so what should I do.

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Kayla April 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

the yellowish white discharge is called lymph it is a sign that the piercing is healing…not a sign of an infection. green discharge on the otherhand is cause to worry

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Hannah March 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm

EVERYONE:

Puss is just a stage of the healing process! ITCHING also means it is healing. DO NOT use Bactine, Peroxide, Neosporin, Alcohol, or Ear piercing solution. I HIGHLY recommend H2Ocean Spray. If you cannot afford to buy this, then boil water, & put SEA SALT in it, let the salt dissolve and let the water cool. Take a shot glass, and fill it up about, halfway, and standing up, bend over and put the shot glass full of your solution, on your Navel, then, keeping the shot glass in place, lay down. The shot glass should be kept there for 5-10 minuets.

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Kee kee March 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I had got my belly ring in january bt I only had it for a mnth before it fell out like the hole waz thin layer of skin so like could I get it reperice there or not….

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Jocelyn March 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Well… I Got my bellybutton Pierced like 1 week ago and its a little red on the top part of it but its not red in the middle but i hit my bellybutton ring on my bed and like 2 hours after it happend little red dots started happening under my bellybutton and they ITCH really bad and idk what to do HELP PLEASE!!

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Marla March 27, 2011 at 2:50 am

Excuse me Talia your giving people wrong information, what kind of person are you, everything you told those people is completely wrong all your doing is giving them an infection if they follow what you say. ANOTHER THING, All these people are writing symptoms that are all described on this website if you ACTUALLY READ THE TIPS AND SIGNS OF INFECTION ABOVE THEN YOU WON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS. My gosh you people act like you cant do anything, honestly is it so hard to read it tells you everything but no everyone wants to write comments that are unnessary and dumb

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Kelly March 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

Hi, i got my belly botton done like 4 days a go.. it’ my first time of course.. but it’s sore a lil bit and still a little swelling.. and when i clean or push down a lil white stuff comes out.. and i was also wondering if i’m suppost to see the madle part of the ring?

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alyssa March 24, 2011 at 12:43 am

Hello. So I got my belly pierced on Monday & its been a little sore, which I expected. But tonight I saw that it was a little more tender than the past 2 days.. & that there was pus coming out of the top and bottom holes.. is that bad? And is it bad if the top is a little red?

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re -re March 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm

hey i got my piercing done febuary last year and i noticed on monday that the piercing towards the bottom part had a red ring frormed around it like a blister i done a sea salt soak on it and yelowy clear puss started comming out it also started bleading the top half of the piercing is fine but the bottom is still red and has a stinging pain everytime its touched ive beensea salt soaking it and also using hot water i am really scared please help ….. i dnt no whats haoppend it was healing fine should i take it out im also goin to vist the doctor

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sunshine March 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

im 13 and ,im getting my belly button done tomorrow im not worried about the pain im more worried about the chances of it migrating or rejecting , is there anyway to lower the chances of it migrating or rejecting other then cleaning it ? thank you :)

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val March 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm

hey,
i got my belly button pierced about three months ago and have been cleaning it with a product called Hibiclens. At first it seemed to be working fine and then i noticed that the bottom hole has what looks like fat coming out of it and it’s red? It doesn’t hurt at all and i can move the ring without a problem. Just the fat is worrying me a little
Is this caused by the cleaner i am using or is it infected?

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Noelle March 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Okay I got my belly button pierced and it’s red and crusty and just little pus is that normal ?

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moriah February 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Hi,
I’m going to be getting my belly button pierced this weekend,
are there any specific warnings I should be advised of?
Or any precautions I should take?

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Genesis February 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

ok. i got my belly button pierced three days ago. it itches a little at the top ball. i clean it with salt water and it looks good. but my question is how long do i have to wait so i can replace my belly ring with a new ring?

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admin February 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

The bad news is that new belly piercings can take up to 6 months to heal, and changing the jewelry should not be considered until it is fully healed. If you follow the guidelines set out in this article, you should be able to change it sooner.

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Pam Holzmeister January 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I think your blog is fantastic I found it on Bing. Definetely will return some day! Cheers, Geroge

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Aly January 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I got my belly ring 6 days ago and its very red and a yellow liquid is coming out what can i do btw im 11??

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channy November 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm

hi i am twelve and i have my belly button pierced i have had it done since augest and i was just wondering how long i have to beathe it for it is still red at the top and it has this dry yellow stuff around the jewlery i dont wash it in the bath that often should i wash it in the bath
when someone finds the answer please can you let me know
luv channyxx :(

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Ki Ki November 30, 2010 at 4:34 am

i pierced my navel 2mths ago, @ first the area around the top ball of the piercing got black just like when u pop a pimple and it leaves a mark. now @ the bottom of the piercing there seems to be a fleshy growth which tends to leak yellowish fluid and some times blood, What do I do. It’s not red or warm to touch! HELP cause I dn’t want it to get infected and I need that fleshy thing gone!

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Lexi November 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Hello, I got mine pierced abiut a week and a half ago and my navel is still alittle bit red, and it was irritated the other day because i used to much salt in my home made saline ( i ran out of the stuff my piercer gave me,which i bought) it looked so much bettter,m but it is starting to look a little red and its not ncisarely swollen but a bit big around the two holes, is that normal after a week and a half? and ive already gone through the process with having a scab, and then it falling off. it fell off this morning. :P can u please tell me if theres something wrong? or something better i can do(besides using less salt ive startes to do that already).

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Princess Slick Rick October 15, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Quick Questions Is It Okay To Go On Rollercoasters After Having Your Navel Pierced For About 10 Days???? Answer Back Please Asap ! Like Before 10|23!!!!!

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Princess Slick Rick October 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I recently got my navel pierced on October 13, 2010 & it was sore which I expected. But I use the new Dial antibacterial hand soap with moisurizer & saline solution (also known as contact solution) & I must say those two products work so well. I clean my piercing in the morning & in the night time. I also avoid playing with my piercing which isn’t hard, I had to do the same with my tongue ring; clean it & leave it alone. My piercer told 4 to 6 weeks but I will wait 6 months to change it for safety reasons. I’m no piercing expert but I strongly suggest that you use dial soap & contact solution on your piercing. The way I clean it is: 1) I start by wetting a q tip & cleaning around the peircing to clean off any crust (which I hardly get). 2) get a new q tip & dry the water off. 3) pump a small size of the dial soap in your hand, wet it to form bubbles & clean around & in the piercing. Make sure to try to move the piercing up & down to get some of the soap in the hole to clean it. 4) Wash the soap off & again move the piercing up & down to rinse the piercing out. 5) Use a q tip to dry of the belly button & pat the piercing & around it dry with either toliet tissue or paper towel. Do not use a towel because it carries bacteria. 6) squeeze the saline solution onto the piercing & move it up & down to get the solution in the hole & leave it to sit just dry off the drippings. I HOPE THIS HELPED ANYONE WHO JUST GOT THEIR NAVEL PIERCED OR ANYONE WHO IS THINKING ABOUT GETTING IT DONE :)

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Rebecca September 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Hello,
I got my belly button pierced a week ago nd it is red around the top ball and has yellow puss coming out of it when i clean it. :s
I thought it was infected so i went to see the doctor he gave me some cream…
But it also seems to be kind of sinking into my skin like i can only see half the top ball ..????Help please :( I don’t know what to do .
Does this mean that the belly ring is too small should i get a bigger one put in and would the hole return to its normal size ??
Answer as soon as you can xx
Thank you :)

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Beccy August 28, 2010 at 6:26 am

i got my belly pierced about 4 days ago and i been cleaning it everyday with salt water and an antibacterial spray, but between the two balls were the bar is its lumpy and a bit like a blister, its not getting bigger and when i clean it it pusses is this infected?

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Tiffany August 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm

My piercer said to clean it with Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap twice a day. I have been using it, but everyone says to use salt water. I’m just wondering if its okay to use Dr. Bronner’s soaps. Oh and by the way its an organic gentle soap.

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Lx August 19, 2010 at 5:59 am

i got my belly pierced like 5days ago, its become red & soar around the top ball.
theres also a little soar scab there too :/
also kinda swowlen not alot but abit,
ive been cleaning it with salt water.
but i dont know whats happening?
help!?!

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Katy August 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm

okay, so i had mine done about 3/4 weeks ago, it’s a little red around the top ball and crusty, ive had alittle bit of pus coming out of it, but only when i touched it with a cutip. i clean it with slatwater, and let it soak on my piercing for about 10 minutes 2 times a day. Can i use aloe vera anit bactierial soap on it? and anti bacterial creams?
im pretty worried about it being infected, is it okay? please reply.

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Jodie August 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

so, i got my piercing done on the 7th. it was ok, i cleaned it twice to three times a day and it was just a bit tender but i expected that. then, a couple days ago i started to develop red itchy hives around my navel. i know this is an allergic reaction to something in the metal of my piercing. anyways, all i want to know is if i’m able to change the ring to something else, like titanium or a metal that typically does not cause an allergic reaction, right away or if i should wait for a bit. i’ve only had it a week and i really don’t want to lose my piercing. help please?

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Kaylin July 27, 2010 at 9:52 am

I got my belly button pierced last thursday and it doesnt hurt to bad anymore. However mainly the top hole of my piercing it is red and puffed up. My bottom hole ive been finding a little bit of dried blood on it in the morning when i clean it. I feel like that the top shouldnt be red and swollen. Is this normal?

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monique July 18, 2010 at 12:10 am

i got my belly botton peirs 2 months ago sumtimes i forget to clean it now theres like a little flesh sticking out its red does that mean its infected what should i do…thank you

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Jazz July 17, 2010 at 7:34 am

Hi,
I’m just wondering. I’ve gotten my belly pierced but at the moment, the skin on top seems to be thinning out. I’m using the sea salt solution but I’m starting to think it might be to strong and is the cause for wearing out the skin covering the bar. Is there any way to maybe thicken or strengthen the skin on top?

Thanks
x

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connie July 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm

im planning to get my belly button done this wednessday , on the 21st, but im going to corfu on the 7th of august, and will be planning to go in the sea and pools as well as sunbathe, will it be ok for me to get my piercing? or should i wait? x

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Makayla July 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I don’t undertand the soaking with salt and warm water, as dumb as it sounds. And what’s the difference between non idiotized and idiotized se salt???

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brooke June 28, 2010 at 12:19 am

my top of my ball is a little purple on my skin does that mean it is infected.

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chloe June 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm

hey,
i am 13 years of age but almost 14, i am getting my bellybutton pierce this friday. me and my bestfriend are getting them done as like a “bff” thing. she actually got hers done yesterday, on sunday, im kind of scared. she said it didn’t hurt at all. she didn’t get one of the rings that dangle… i also have a few questions.
1) what type of ring should i get for my first time?
2) whats the best cleaning stuff?
3) when can i go swimming again?
4) i’ve heard you should wait 6 months to change it and 6 weeks. which is it?
5) are they really noticeable in shirts?
6) will jeans irritate it because when school starts back up in 2 months, the mainly what i wear.
7) i play soccer and the season starts back up in the fall, will this effect my soccer playing, like if i got hit, etc.
8) what will happen if i wear a dangle ring, will it make the whole hang?
9) when will i get to stop cleaning it all the time?

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Nicole June 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

I got my belly button pierced just over 2 weeks ago with a 14 gauge hoop. As of now the piercing is a bit red on the top and bottom holes, after i clean it the redness usually goes away for a while then comes back. I use Ivory bar soap twice a day, and in the middle of the day (when i get home from shcool) i get a hot cloth ( as warm as you can stand) and hold it on my belly button until it is cold, this is supposed to help remove the puss. Im not sure if my belly button is infected because i clean it very thoroughly but im hoping it will be okay soon!
I hope this might be helpful to someone going through the same thingg.
goood luckk

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Jordan June 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Okay, so i am supposed to get my belly pierced for my bday, but 2 days after i’m going to the beach….What wld be the best advice about swimmin????

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Louie June 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Hey guys, i’m looking for some healing tips. My belly button is really infected, I think I developed a fever from it. I haven’t been taking care of it becuase I had my mind on other things and now its really infected…anyone knows ways I can help it heal? It’s swollen and everything…I put on salt and go swimming in the sea but for some reason…it just gets worse…HELP.

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sam May 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm

i got my belly pierced like 3 months ago but i recently have seen some fat coming out of the piercing hole and now theres this big piece of skin fat just stuck to my belly botton hole.. what does that mean? will it go away

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Regina May 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Yes u can take a shower, but make sure u dont stand in the stream of the water. When rinsing make sure to hold one had over your belly. Make sure when you clean it, u use antibac soap twice a day. (DIAL SOAP) Read other steps I left.

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sue May 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm

i git my belly button done like 4 days ago and i was wondering is it ok to take a shower

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Regina May 8, 2010 at 3:33 am

When getting your belly done. First wash with antibac. soap like Dial, wash twice a day. Once in the Morn and once before bed. After each wash, use a seasalt soak. 1/4 tsp seasalt and 8oz bottled water warm. Soak for 10 min for your first soak after that can be anywhere from 5-10min. DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT , use any other type of salt. You can not go swimming in any type of water for the first 6 months. DO NOT change your jewelry for the first 6 months. A belly Piercing takes up to one full yr. to completly heal. DO NOT USE any creams or ointments on your piercing. This will slow down the healing time.

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Kristy April 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I meant to say it’s almost May, not that I got my piercing again done in May lol

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Kristy April 26, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Well I got my belly done in January of this year, now almost in May. I changed it once about 2 weeks ago, but I guess the jewelry that I bought was too long and heavy for it because it got hecka sore and so I had to take it out after about an hour of having it in. I have been cleaning it twice a day every day, no puss coming out, just that cheesy stuff that had been oozing out when I took out my ring for the first time. But then, on the top part of my ring, just a little bit of blood had been coming out when I put the original ring back in. I disinfected the original with the solution I got then put it back in. been cleaning it normally every since. but its tender to the touch, no bumps, no puss still. but could it be a sign of infection?

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Laura April 25, 2010 at 5:36 pm

hi!!! Kay I Got my piercing done 2 weeks ago and I did the salt and water but I was using table salt is that bad?? Anyways lately my piercing is red at the top and sore. No puss comes out is it infected!?? My friend told me to use hydrogen peroxide so I did is I bad??

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Shannon April 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I got my belly button done last friday, and now around the top hole it’s a little red and feels like theres pressure sometimes when I bend over or when I touch it. It also has crust on it sometimes. I move it around to make sure it doesn’t get stuck. I clean it twice a day and have been putting bacitracin on it because this is what my piercer told me to do. Is this normal? Please let me know<3

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Ashley April 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I had my belly periced for about a year already and I changed it and on the bottom ball I have this bubble looking thing and it bleeds an I never had that before but it really hurts I don’t wanna take it off but I think I might have to because the bubble looks really bad help !

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Melissa April 13, 2010 at 10:06 am

I got my belly done in august. The lower hole is a purplish colour, and i constantly have crusty stuff on my barbell. When I slide the barbell down, either clear, or yellowish liquid comes out in a little squirt. Also when I slide it, the crusty stuff separates from my piercing (which lets the liquid out), and gets stuck on the barbell. I used the H2Ocean religiously for about a month after I got it, then decreased to using it only when “it didn’t feel right”. H2Ocean doen’t work for me, and I’ve been using peroxyde and removing the ring twice everyday. The swelling of the lower hole has gone down in the past 2 weeks, but the purpleness is still there, as well as the crusty stuff, and little squirts of liquid. I know it is infected, but what other products can I use?

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admin April 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

The first thing I would say is stop using peroxide! It wont help! And removing the ring is even worse! Please read the article on which you posted this comment(above) – it will give you all the advice you need. The only products you need are anti-bacterial, fragrance-free soap, home-made saline solution, and a little patience!! Good luck…

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cristy April 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm

so i got my belly done like last year in april and it healed well and everything but like a week ago it started getting really red around and puss started coming out and thier is a lump on the side what do i do help

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admin April 9, 2010 at 6:16 am

Belly piercing healing can often take more than 12 months. A piercing might not be fully healed, even if it feels like it is. You need to clean the piercing as you did when it was new(saline soaks and fragrance-free anti-bacterial soap) and that should take care of the puss. The lump on the side could be many things (eg an abscess) but it’s impossible for me to say without seeing it. My advice is to consult a professional(medical or piercing) to have it assessed.

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Kiyana April 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm

What I don’t think a lot of you realize is that a belly button piercing is a process of *piercing a hole through a portion of skin on your body*. Its just like a cut; therefore, it WILL: bleed, have reddness, be sore, have fluids coming out. ITS NORMAL. Stop stressing, stop asking questions that have CLEARLY been answered already, stop trying to go against the rules & instuctions on proper care, and BE PATIENT! If you really wanted it that badly, you’ll be be smart enough to handle it with care. I mean, you did go through the piercing part of it…you wouldn’t want to do all of that just to end up with an infected or closed up hole. I’M JUST SAYING.

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Caryssa March 29, 2010 at 10:56 am

I got my belly button pierced about 4 days ago. However, i keep hearing about sort of vuglar terms such as puss and crust. Yet i have had none of this. I clean it 2 times a day and nothing. The only outcome from my piercing is tenderness, I didn’t even have swelling. What does this mean? Could it mean mine is healing faster. . .Or not healing right . . .?

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admin March 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm

It means you are healing well and doing the right things. How do you clean it? What products do you use?

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daffy March 13, 2010 at 9:30 am

HI, i got my belly button pierced 8 months ago. I was very good at first 5 months, but not it’s some pus and crust. I used antibiotic and no pus anymore but the button it’s awry. I don’t know what to do or to take it of. Please can you help me!

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Laura Holiday February 24, 2010 at 12:12 am

So so i ahve had my belly button pierced before(it closed a couple weeks after when i took it out for a while), and now i’m going to be getting it done again.

It has been closed for a good 6 months now. Completely healed.
What should i expect for the second time, in basically the same place?

I heard it would heal faster?

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kinsley February 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm

i plan on getting my belly button pierced next weekend once basketball is over, but im going to Aruba for spring break in the middle of march…. will my piercing be okay with the ocean or no?

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Lauren February 11, 2010 at 3:29 am

Pamela- you can buy a special belly button ring made of ptfe. It’s flexibility let’s you keep your belly button ring in during your pregnancy. Good luck :)

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pamela franklin February 7, 2010 at 7:06 pm

hi, i got my belly button peirced in september 2009 and now i’m pregnant, anyway it’s realy red and i’m concerned but don’t want to take it out and am just wondering if it will go away after i have the baby cause it’s not compleatly heeled right now.

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Carlyyyy January 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

-Tippar
The swelling and redness is normal. Mine did the same but it didnt bleed…. It just means that its irritated. My piercer told me not to move it around but i do when its wet just to make sure it wont get stuck in one place. Here is what you are going to want to do:
-Clean it 2-3 times a day with dial antibacterial foaming soap for sensitive skin. Rinse off with water. Put the soap on a q-tip if u need to get rid of any crusties or discharge.
-After you wash it dry it off carefully with a paper towel. Then get some H2Ocean piercing after care spray. Move your barbell all the way up and spray the H2Ocean on the barbell and then move the barbell back down. Repeat this.
-And then before you go to bed make your sea salt solution and put it in a shot glass or medicine cap and soak your belly ring(keep in ur stomach) for about 15 minutes. You can wash after if u want…( i dont)

I hope this helps!

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Tippar January 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm

and did i mention its like a little swollen surrounding the top hole… SOMEONE PLZ HELP IM KINDA NERVOUS…
–THANKS WITH MUCH APPRECIATION–TIPPAR

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Tippar January 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm

ok so i got my navel pierced on jan 10th.. it was a birthday gift…but it didnt do anything the first nite then i went to church the next morning and looked dwn and to my surprise i found a small amount of blood leaking from the bottom hole…i took some tissue–warmed it and gently cleaned it.. it stopped for the time being… then l8r on after church i was out and once again it started bleeding, i repeated the warm tissue thingy… then like once i got home i soaked it with warm salt water and it was fine.. and so the last couple of days it started to look a little red on the top.. i clean it properly every day..but i was told not to twist or figid wit it too much b/c it’ll tear tissues…and stuff came out but it didnt have a foul odor nor was it thickishly yellow but im jus concerned and wan2 be cautious b/c im supposed to be getting some saline drops tomorrow???? good?? bad?? someone plz help with my little issue!!! thanks ALOT!!!

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cyerra January 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

what if i dont have any antibacterial soap or sea salt .. then are there other options? and where can i buy sea salt

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cyerra January 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

hey i got my belly butoon pierced on dec 26,2009 and i’ve been usin peroxide to clean it and i put vaseline on it but then i stopped using the vaseline and peroxide and now i have this kinda dark spot around my hole is that an infection?

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Marissa January 9, 2010 at 2:26 am

I got my belly button pierced a day after Christmas and so far I have been concerned but doing lots of reasearch on my piercing. my piercer told me to use Bactine which I have not used. The first couple of days I used Hydrogen Peroxide which i found out was really bad and so I ceased using it. I then began using antibacterial soap and sea salt soaks twice a day. However, at like the third day I noticed a dark circle forming around my top hole. So far my top has scabbed a little and continued to remain dark. I have continued the sea salt soaks and the other night a pinch of yellow discharge came out of my top hole after the soak, but it has been four days since then and no more discharge has come out of it. My top is just really dark ( I’m African-American) but not much darker than my skin tone. I was wondering if I should continue what I’m doing or if I should seek medical attention? Will the darkness go away? My bottom hole seems to have healed completely fine.

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William January 9, 2010 at 3:36 am

Your Belly Piercing sounds as though it is healing just fine. The slight discoloration is not unusual. You should seek the advice of a professional piercer or a medic if the piercing becomes painful or infected and does not respond to treatment. Otherwise, do not be so anxious. Anxiety and stress will delay healing – keep up the aftercare routine and all will be fine.

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Keshawn Roberts January 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm

hi….. i got my belly pierced like a month ago…… it going well i just wanna know wats a great product to get my color back….. because its still dark around the top and bottom hole…….. thANKS

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bri January 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

i got mine pierced 4 days ago. i clean it 2-3 times a day. with either dial or softsoap. its a little red around the top hole. with jus a little bit of a pus looking substance. i really dnt want an infection. is this just the process of healing :/

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Carlyyyy January 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Im 14 and i got my belly pierced 4 days ago. I wash it 3-4 times a day with Dial antibacterial soap for sensitive skin and then spray H2Ocean on it after. My piercer said to NOT move the piercing around at all because that will tear up the skin that is healing. It will be sore and a lil red and will crust a little bit. Do NOT soak it and try to avoid taking baths because this increases risks of getting an infection.Also for the first couple weeks wear loose t-shirts. Dont move the piercing around while cleaning it and always wash your hands before touching it but only if you have to. When you get it changed for the first time go to your piercer! They will charge around $10 but they clean your piercing for you and that way you won’t get an infection. Also make sure your jewelry is surgical steel.
-For those of you worried about it hurting when you get it pierced dont worry! It did not hurt me at ALL! I was verrry nervous! When they put the neeedle in exhale hard and close your eyes. Also don’t get up right away. The only part that hurt was when she was removing the clamps. But go get it done!

If you have any questions ill answer :)

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adilene December 28, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Hey, I got my piercingg 2 days ago and its going great. I clean it amost 5 times a day with H2O. So its great.! :D

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Katie December 28, 2009 at 2:55 am

is the saline solution you use to clean your belly piercing really the same stuff you use for your contacts? i got some of the stuff in a cut and it kinda burns so i dont know if thats what i should use for my piercing

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ansley November 17, 2009 at 12:53 am

Okay; i am ansley. i am going to get my belly button done in two days. but im SCARED. does it hurt really badly??

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William November 17, 2009 at 3:16 am

Hi Ansley. Belly piercings normally dont hurt. All you should feel is a pinch. Read some of the Belly piercing stories on the home page to hear about the experiences of others. I’m sure this will put your mind at ease. Will.

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Cindy October 28, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Help!!!

Have you heard of Sweet Pea’s piercing aftercare product? It’s pretty new to market and I’m trying to come up with ways to spread the word. It’s enzyme based and cleans/protects/heals all in one.

The first thing we want to do is come up with a new name. Any suggestions will be helpful.

I’ve linked our product info website as an FYI.

Thank you

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Tay October 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Hi. i got my belly pierced about two months ago and i clean it every day before bed but theres still some crust and a little puss coming out. also the area around the top hole is dark. is it too soon to take out the piercing? i need to know if this is notmal or do i need to go to the doc. thanx

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Aneesa October 6, 2009 at 6:27 pm

hey I got my belly pierced about two weeks ago and its been scratching a bit but I do not scratch it, I went to a tattoo place about a week after i got it pierced to get the H20 spray and he said it was fine but today I went back to get more a week after and another person said it may be forming a kieloid? im not sure if that what he said and told me to put bactine on it, it didnt look infected to me, it was slightly red and a bit white on the top under the ball but no puss or any discharge. I am so confused can you tell me what to do?

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Tasha October 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Heya! got my belly done on the 28th, and i without knowing used surgical spirit, now i have a little scab where the piercing holes are, is that good? anything serious? i already have scarification from my first belly button piercing, now i’ve gotten one at the bottom and really dont want the same to happen (other got infected badly and left a scar) any advise about this scab? thanks

Tasha

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merna September 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm

hey got my belly done a couple of days ago and I’ve been using salt solution and lavender oil to clean it but I wanna on exactly how to clean it because I avoid touching it with my fingers and should I be using anything else to clean it or is that okay? um also its summer and I really wanna swim but I keep reading not to for 4 months so what do I do? ohhh and after you put on salt solution do you rinse it or leave it? thanks xx

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Johanna September 22, 2009 at 9:06 am

Hi everyone[:
I ended up piercing my own belly botton like 4 days ago.
And I’m positive that it is infected bcuz I didnt steralize the needle I used.
So right now it’s extremely sensative to touch, it’s kinda swollen, and puss is coming out.
my friends told me to to take some anitbiotic pills to help so I am, so
hopefully that helps and I am putting a warm coloth on it to help the puss come out, but I don’t know if it’s helping…… What should I do?? please help

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tabatha September 9, 2009 at 8:11 am

i got my belly buttton donea few days ago and it started fine and now the top hole loooks like its getting bigger and theball like sits halfway in the hole and its really red around it too..is this normal?

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Robert September 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Hi there, it sounds like you need a longer shaft on the belly ring. An Adjustable Bioplast belly ring can be cut to the length you require. There may be others available but these are the most popular choice.

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jan September 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm

i have had my bellly button pierced 5wks ago.one piercer says dont go swimming for 3 months and another two says 1 month. surely if the area is cleaned properly afterwards it cant do any harm. please help.i . Iam going egypt 2 moro and i need to cool down in the water. i can handle not getting in the swimming pool but wil i be ok to go in the beautiful red sea……….

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Robert September 8, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Hi Jan.
Immersion in chemically-treated water(such as swimming pools), or natural water (lakes, rivers, and oceans) which can contains bacteria, protozoa, salt, and parasites, will have a detrimental effect on your new piercing. You can only get into the water if you’re positive your piercing has healed fully. Unfortunately, most belly piercings take 3/4 months to heal, and can sometimes take up to 12 months. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!! My advice is to stay out of the water :-(

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kellz September 7, 2009 at 7:20 am

i whant my belly buttion done but scared it will hurt and im going away soon abroad and whants to know if i can go in the pool and sea n beach plz give me some ansers plz xxxx thanks xx

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Robert September 7, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Hi Kelly, Immersion in chemically-treated water(such as swimming pools), or natural water (lakes, rivers, and oceans) which can contains bacteria, protozoa, salt, and parasites, will have a detrimental effect on your piercing. Also Bear in mind that when a piercing is done, it can become infected or the area around it may be red for some time, so it may be unsightly. A lot of people get pierced near the end of a holiday for this exact reason. Hope this helps. Enjoy your hols!!

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luna August 10, 2009 at 6:12 am

Hey guys,

got my tummy peirced about 10 days ago, and i’m going on holiday tomorrow,
i was wondering if i would be able to go into pools and if its okay for me to go on the beach and stuff, someone please get back to me as soon as possible,

thanks x

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Rianne August 9, 2009 at 9:45 pm

i want to get a navel piercing… but my mother is really against it because she has a “gut feeling” that something bad is going to happen if i do get it… I told her that there are ways to keep it clean and what not… but she’s not budging… can someone please give me and her some kind of relief? reassurance? i’d really appreciate it. I know if people don’t pierce it correctly, some things can go wrong… but there are professionals out there who know what they’re doing!!! can someone please tell my mother that?

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amber August 7, 2009 at 12:21 am

ok so i just got my belly button done a week ago. i listened to my piercer and have been cleaning it atleast 3 times a day. my concern is the hole at the top is pretty big. basically it is the size of the ball at the top. it isnt sinking all the way down, but im scared it might. any suggestions?

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Talia July 31, 2009 at 12:11 am

LISTEN UP WORLD!
the person that pierced my belly button was a certified piercer. ONLY PEIRCING, NO TATTOOS, everyone in my city goes to him to get piercings…
anyways
listen up

-PUSS IS GOOD! puss means that your belly button is cleaning itself, and puss is the lubricator! SO, DONT WORRY ABOUT PUSS! ITS A GOOD THING!!

-HURTING NAVELS DO NOT MEAN THEYRE INFECTED!
all it is, is theyre healing!

-*HOW TO TELL IF ITS INFECTED*
>does NOT hurt
>are around piercing is hot and red
>optional lumps

-how to GET RID OF INFECTION
>GO SWIMMING!~~~~!!!!
>HOT TUBS ARE exeptionally EXCELLENT!

-IF YOU SEE a TUMOR like thing coming out of your piercing, all it is is a FAT CELL. it just means you have ripped your piercing. its totally normal, and the best way to get rid of it is to BLOW DRY IT WITH A HAIR DRYER. DRY IT UP~~!!!

-CHLORINE/POOLS/HOT TUBS ESPECIALLY are GREAT!!! for your piercing. chlorine helps DISINFECT IT!

if you need a hotline, Ray (my piercer)’s number is 24 hour hotline

its

1-250-383-2181

HOPE YOU ENJOYED!!

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Vanessa July 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm

i got a pircing satrday and i woke up and saw that i have purple spots on my belly button….is that normal

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Mel July 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm

heyy,, ii had my belly button pierced on tuesday. it wasnt painful at all when i had it done, but yesterday it started to get sore. I have been using lavender oil on it everyday because that is what the guy gave me to put on it and have used salt water 1s but will use it more often now. it seems to be okayy but it is red and a bit crusty. when gettin in the bath a bit of liquid seems to come out. i just want to check that this is normal and im not gettin an infection in it. Also i go to dance often and thats why i have left it until the holidays, but could uu tell me when it would be okay to dance again? plz get back to me soon x thanks x

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amelia July 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm

hey..umm..i jus got mines done exactly a week ago..it is kind of tender when i touch it or if i bend over or sit up..andd i clean it twice a day wid anti bacterial soap and later spray it wid bactine..that is exactly wat the lady told me 2 doo and frm that day ive done soo..it came out one day when i was sleepin..andd i took it out anotha time to clean it but it wasnt any problems or anything..im jus really scared 2 get an infection andd can sumone please tell mee about this sea soakin thinqq..pleasee..

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Vannessa July 18, 2009 at 12:57 am

I HAVE AN IMP QUIESTION i know this sounds crazy but a few years ago my belly button had no lip at the top but a good lip at the bottom and in this past year or so my belly button has been changing it now has a small lip at the top and the lip at the bottom is decreasing so i think when my belly button stops changing it will result in a top lip and no bottom lip maybe so im 13 but in one month im gonna be 14 well i want my bellybutton pierced but should i wait till im 15 (cuz im gonna grow alot more AND my navels changin) or should i go ahead and do it for my 14th bday?????? PLEASE ANSWER ASAP CAUSE I NEED TO KNOW!!! :) thanks

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Devon July 13, 2009 at 10:29 am

ok i got my belly pierced 3days ago. it hurts a lil bit and its red around the top hole. is it normal? and i clean it with antibacterial and sea salt soulution is that okay? please help.

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Chloe' July 11, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I got my belly button pierced about two weeks ago. They told me not to get in a pool but I work at a public pool & I can’t help it. Puss is coming out of it & it’s kind of red and pretty tender when i touch it. Also, when i try to move it, it gets a little stuck. Is in infected? & if so, what do I do?

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Alexandra July 8, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Hi, I got my belly pierced three days ago and in the care information it said to avoid rough activities. I am an active runner and i also do pilates, yoga, and dance can i still do these or do i need to lay off for a couple months until it is healed a bit more??

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Allie July 7, 2009 at 12:38 pm

i got my belly button pierced 3 days ago and its red with a little pus and it has a scab is that normal?!

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Manuela July 7, 2009 at 9:33 am

Hey , I got my belly button pierced yesterday and I wanted to know if bactine is good to disinfect it??
& i also wanted to know…. how do i disinfect it? im scared to touch it .. am i supposed to like take it out or just get a cutip and go around it .. please answer :) thanks, manuela

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Amanda July 7, 2009 at 2:47 am

I got my belly button pierced 5 or 6 days ago and it’s really red around the top hole. I know that’s normal, but at the bottom of the top ring, theres a slight scab, but its like whitish and I’m really nervous. Is it normal for the scab to be there?

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Celinaa July 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Ok i got my belly button done a week or so ago, its been perfectly fine, little saw and that but in general okay. Then the other day I was at a party and ended up in the jaquizzi which also contained chlorine. My skin doesnt react well with chlorine as it is and i genrally get a rash and really itchy skin from being in it. My belly button now feels like its being pulled out when i lay on it and there is a big red oval around it. Am i infected? what can i do to clean it other than sea salt as it has the same affect on me as chlorine?? PLEASE HELP

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Lyssa July 3, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Hey I’m 22 just got my navel pierced about two days ago I was just curious as to what brand of sea salt I should buy, will Cerulean Seas Course sea salt work? and What kind of soap should I buy kind and brand? My belly button is a little red and hurts a little, but mostly when Im sitting it bothers me is that normal? When can I go back in the pool, jaccuzzi, exersize and intercourse? Please get back to me!

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katiee July 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Hi I just got my naval pierced 2 days ago and i want to go in the ocean cause i live on the beach in Laguna!!! I swim everyday and now im worried. Will it get infected
from the ocean if i clean it immediately after? Very concerned!! Please write back

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sydney July 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm

i got my belly button pierced back in march and its still discharging and has crust. ive been cleaning it constantly and took it out for the first time last month to clean the ring without it being in me. and now there is a slight bump next to the hole and its darker. is this an infection?

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Maggie June 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm

I’m going to get my belly button pierced in a few days and im just wondering what the best products are to get for after care I have been looking at H@Ocean body piercing spray and Dr. Piercing’s Piercing Aftercare Product – 36 swab pack are those good products and what all do i need to get?

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Robert June 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

Hi Artae – make sure there’s no alcohol content in the ear cleaner – other than that you should be fine with using it for the belly piercing. Also check the expiry date and if it’s well out of date – better buy saline solution.

Chatene – once the chlorine water doesn’t contain any microorganisms that might cause infections etc. I guess you can go to a pool once the primary healing has taken place – 2 – 4 months.

Tessa – if puss is thick and yellow, it may indicate a mild infection. Many piercings result is mild infections but if it lasts long and doesn’t get better – go to the doctor and have a consultation.

Alexis – well… I don’t think the old scar has something to do with it. It’s just not a very good idea to swim with a fresh piercing – sea water may contain some microorganisms causing infections etc. I’d say – don’t clean it all the time – saline soak once daily will do the trick. If the puss keeps on coming out and it gets worse – better see a doctor to make sure you don’t develop a really serious infection or something.

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alexis June 26, 2009 at 11:25 am

alright i just got my done bout a week ago it red i clean it all the time but the bad thing is i had pireced it myself and he pireced through the scar it had left and when i went to the beach there was a lil bit of puss comin out it hurt a lil bit to touch it but not much is this normal but i keep thinkin the scare is a puss infection some one give me some tips please

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artae June 24, 2009 at 3:52 pm

can i clean my belly ring with the cleaner they use when u first get ur ears pierced

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Tessa June 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm

ok i got my belly button pierced last
Wed. and some puss seems to come out is it infected
but there is no swelling or anything.
I use salt water

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chatene richardson June 20, 2009 at 1:28 pm

how soon after getting the piercing can you go swimming in a chlorine pool?

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alyssa fowler June 17, 2009 at 8:40 am

i had my bellybutton pierced for awhile, and took pretty good care of it. the problem was, the piercer was an apprentice and pierced it too high, so normal length belly button rings were too short, and caused infections. it hurt so bad that i took the ring out, which i KNOW i shouldn’t have done. my belly button just hurts worse. it’s all red, swollen, and pussing. it also feels really hard all around it, scar tissue maybe? i keep soaking it in sea salt & hot water which seems to only help a little..at what point should i go to the doctor? i don’t want this to get any worse.

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Krystal June 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Hi there,
I got my bell button done back on March 21st. its been on and off sore but over all healing slowly. I sometime forget to clean it with my sea salt water because my life gets to busy.. Ive noticed that every once in a while (more now then ever) that when i move it to clean it i get a little gob of puss Now i dont know if that means its infected and i should see a doctor.. or if this is the normal process for healing seeing as ther eis metal through my belly lol…
Please help! im a little nervious!

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Tiffany June 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Okay , so I qot my belly button pierced .. abouttt A week aqo I quess?
&It hasn’t itched or nothinq like that but its red on the holes .. Oh did I mention I have Both top&bottom .. so yeah it’s red on the holes & it doesn’t hurt when I’m not touchinq it .. but when I clean it or w/e It does : .. I’m usinq dial soap & a antibacterial cleanser I brouqht @ CVS? .. are those siqns normal? Or am I showinq early siqns of an infection :|

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Mia June 2, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Im afraid to get mine done but i thinks its gonna hurt so bad ill cry.

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Courtney June 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

hi, i just got my naval pierced 4 days ago. i went swimming 2 days after i got it done. i clean it about 3-6 times a day with antibacterial walgreens brand soap. its fine. and doing well. my hole is nicely forming. its just red at the top is taht okay? its some what crusty not bad though at all just it kinda sticks when i turn it every now and then. what other method should i use?
where can i find sea salt at?

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Robert May 18, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Hi Nicky,

The redness is normal, don’t worry about it!

Robby

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nicky May 17, 2009 at 8:17 pm

so i got my belly button pierced about two weeks ago and its healing nicely.thanks to the sea salt theres no puss or anything coming out of it anymore.the only problem is theres still some redness around the top ball.is that a sign that its infected?

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Jamile May 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm

i got mine done last week, ive played with it alot so it doesnt get stuck to the metal and hurt even more when i move. its now no longer hurting that much but its still red around the top ball and puss like stuff comes out occasionally when im cleaning it. is this normal?

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Ashley May 9, 2009 at 6:49 pm

I got my belly button pierced about three months ago and since i got it there has been a little bit of puss coming out of it every day. I took yo clean the bar really good and out it back in and when i took it out i realized that it felt really really hard in the middle. What should i do?

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Robert May 2, 2009 at 3:31 am

HI Lindsay,

I’d say it is infected and the pus is under the skin. Go to your doctor and you could be prescribed some ointment to apply on the piercing; otherwise you risk with the infection getting worse.

Rgds,

Robby

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Lindsay April 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm

OK so i got my belly done about 8 wekks ago and its been doing really good until i got it caught on my saddle. its been almost a week since thats happened. on one side of my piercing its really itchy and swollen kinda bad. it feel like a bump under my skin and it hurts kinda bad. Theres not nay puss coming out except when i changed it once. Its a little but not bad red but it does hurt when you touch it and its only on the left side on my belly ring

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Robert April 17, 2009 at 1:50 am

Hi Kailee,

Right after the piercing you should avoid it. But when the primary healing is complete – after some 6 – 8 weeks, you should be safe taking into account water in pools comes with chlorine and doesn’t contain bacteria.

Priscilla,

It’s definitely too early to replace the piercing, I’ve many girls submitting stories to my website telling about nasty infections they got after replacing belly rings too early. One week – that’s definitely too little, you should wait another 5 – 7 weeks at least!

Robby

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priscilla April 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

I got my belly button pierced a week ago. I think it’s healing fine, but it gets a bit crusty and clear liquid seeps out a little. It isn’t red anymore, though. I had been cleaning it with hydogen peroxide and a little antibiotic ointment, but now I just wash it once a day with antibacterial soap. It doesn’t hurt anymore, but I need to know if it’s healthy, and if I can replace the ring. Thanks

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Kailee April 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Is it okay to swim in a pool after you get it pierced?

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Montana April 6, 2009 at 2:46 pm

i got mine pirece on my bday and its kinda red at the tophole and some puss is comeing out ive been useing seasalt water. is it ok to use triple antibiotic ointment?

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Robert March 14, 2009 at 1:57 am

Hi Tia,

It depends on how much puss is coming out. Maybe it’s not puss at all, maybe it’s just the wound cleaning itself.

You have to watch out for these warning signs:

1) swollen navel;
2) tenderness when touching it;
3) yellowish puss oozing out

So if those symptoms persist, you can be pretty sure you have an infection and if it’s been lasting for many days you’re better off seeing your doctor.

Robby

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tia jordan March 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Ok well im 12 and i just got my belly done and i have puss comin out what do i do to fix that ????? Oh and Also i have a red mark around my belly is it infected or whattt

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Kamille February 27, 2009 at 5:00 am

Yes, its much better to use sea salt than table salt.

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Ashley February 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Can u use Table salt instead of sea salt? or do u have to use sea salt?

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