Belly Piercing Infection

By Sienna from Boston.

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Nobody want to hear a sob story!! But I’ll tell you one anyway!! When I was just 15 I was attacked by a man who is now in jail for that crime – it took me a long time to get over it but one of the steps was to try to regain control over my body and thats where my belly piercing came in.
Getting my belly pierced was not always something I admired – in fact I teased others who had them. I never bullied anyone but I couldnt see the point in getting a belly piercing.
After my attack, a counsellor told me that one of the consequences of what happened to me was feeling a lack of self control, and that this was making me frearful – I needed to regain that control and my best friend at the time suggested a belly ring. At first I laughed it off but gradually the idea made sense to me. I mentioned a belly piercing to my counsellor and she said that it was completely up to me and said that it might help.

I done some looking around and found a piercing studio a couple of blocks away from the counsellor’s office here in Boston. The piercing studio was fairly new by the look of it – it was big and open and the piercing lady was quite young – I found out later her name was LOuise. She was really friendly – she explained everything to me in detail and asked told me she would book an appointment for me 3 days later. That gave me time to change my mind if I wanted.

I didnt change my mind and went back the following Friday to get the piercing done. The piercing was fine but what followed wasn’t really great – in the following month I got a terrible infection.

The first mistake I made was to use hydrogen peroxide to clean the piercing (even though Louise told me not to) My friend said she used hydrogen peroxide on her belly piercing and it worked fine for her. A few hours after the piercing I was getting only a tiny bit of discharge but slowly that got worse. By day three there was pus coming out and crusties forming. I totally over reacted and started to clean the piercing too much which made the infection worse again!!

I didnt think to go back to see Louise or a doctor – I thought that taking out the ring would help, but again it only made the piercing infection worse!! I went to a doctor when I got small lumps where the ring was – this apparently was caused by the piercing hole closing up and infected stuff getting trapped inside. Never take out the ring!! See your doctor or the piercer before you do this!!

The doctor gave me some antibiotics to treat the infection and it went away after a few days and the wound healed up with just a tiny scar – its really only barely noticable now. I will get mybelly pierced again!! Now I know how to take care of it properly, it should be a doddle.

Getting my belly pierced and all its problems took my mind off my other troubles, and it made me realise that I need tio take care of myself and listen to people who know what theyre talking about – it definitely helped me on my road to recovery.

SHERITA AND THE DREAM

By Sherita Norman, Louisisana

Belly Button Infection

OK I am 17 years old and decided to get my piercing on JAN.31 2009.

My mom took me and I was real excited! I filled out my papers and layed on the table as the lady pierced me. It did not hurt but I couldn’t sit down or bend. It was so cute and I really love it and I am ready to change it. This weekend( April 4) I took it out thinking that it was healed but I started to bleed for the first time.

It was hard where the skin was in between the two balls. I stuck it back in and there was more blood, but then it stopped. It does not hurt and I guess that I have not been cleaning it the 3 to 6 times a day,but I do use peroxide and I am out of the sea salt stuff.

People say that dial soap helps so I am about to buy some. Can anyone tell me if it is infected because I am not really scared but I am cautious…

Samantha’s Belly Button Infection

By Samantha

… i got my belly button done like a month and a couple weeks ago… and at first it was healing amazingly … but then my boyfriend bought me a nice belly button ring and it hadnt been six months yet and the percier told me to wait six to eight weeks untill i could change it…

so i really wanted to put his belly button ring in so i did… and then that night i went to a dance and it was okay but it really hurt… so that night when i got home i looked at it and i had a big stain of blood on my t-shirt … because it bleed i guess …

i was scared so i just had a shower and went to bed… at about 3 or 4 in the morning i was still up… in pain i couldnt move and if i did my belly button would kill me so i woke up and asked my sister who also has hers done to look at it … she said it looked okay and then i took the ball off and she almost puked because the blood started gushing out …


and it was really strange! so i went and took it out after five minutes of letting it out i realize that i wanted it in badly and the pain started to subside… so i took my original hoop and put it in again the blood started but then immeditly stopped! i went a week with the ball off the hoop because it wouldnt click on… now my dad put it back on for me about 1 in a half weeks after that i noticed a little lump on my belly button…

i thought it was my scar from when i got it done before i didnt think anything of it… i just said whatever that little lump was skin colour and it started to get bigger.. i showed my mom and dad and they said it looks like a little ball of puss or a blister so i took a needle and tryed to pop it it just started to bleed…

my parent told me to leave it so i did this moring i woke up and my belly button was really swollen but its like a pinkish colour… the lump had gotten a bit bigger… when i got home from school i waited till my mom got home at 5:30 so she could check itout she also has her belly button done… she told me that i should go have a bath and put absin saults in it so ! i did…

it felt helpful… i got out of the tub and my friend called so i went in the other room and i lifted up my shirt to see what had happend and i saw all this white puss come out and i was ready to trow up… i went in and showed my mom she said omgsh its infected badly go clean it so i went and then i came back with my cleaning stuff as i was cleaning it the lump had ripped opened and started pussing as well and my mom was like eww… and so was i …

it also started to bleed and everytime i squeeze the pinkish swollen part all the puss starts to come even more and thicker… it has been doing this scine 9:30 pm and its now 11:36pm… i asked to go get a docters appointment and they are taking me tomorrow! 🙁 i dont wanna take it out but if is kinda hurting me and getting very badly infexted so idk!!

please comment and help me and no rude comments thanks for ready my long ass story !!!! lol but it is all true i will take pics and show it but you will trow up !! trust! but peace dont forget to comment!!