My infection story and some tips.

by Ceecee


I recently got my belly button pierced, and the third day I had it I noticed it started getting very red and painful. It was indeed a mild infection.

The skin around it had gotten very stiff and irritated. I put a hot compress on it 1-2 times a day and cleaned it very well with Saline Wound Wash (which you can purchase at CVS or other drug stores).

I would also apply a small amount of pressure in between both openings so that anything that was in there could escape. If anything did escape I would remove it with a Q-tip soaking in Saline.

My belly button started to peel around the piercing openings but I didn’t worry too much about it. Within a few days my belly button ring was noticeably getting better.

All I did was keep an eye on it and made sure it was getting better with everything I was doing. If it hadn’t gotten better I would have gone to the doctor and asked for and antibiotic.

I don’t know how true this is, but I heard if you were to take the piercing out while it was infected you could develop and abscess and need surgery. I certainly did not that want happening, so I just did all I could to heal my mild infection.

Just know if you are deciding to get your belly button pierced that you MUST take care of it. NO LAZINESS! I cleaned my belly button very well 3 or 4 times a day before it got infected, and still it did get infected.

Even if you are very responsible there is still a risk of infection. But if you are responsible and a risk taker then it’s all worth it in the end =)

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  1. ” I cleaned my belly button very well 3 or 4 times a day before it got infected’
    If you clean your piercing too much than it can cause irritation, try only cleaning it 1-2 times a day. I also heard from the person that pierced my belly button that using harsh products like peroxide can hurt it and that anti-bacterial soap is really good for cleaning a new peircing. I hope this helped someone 🙂 lol

  2. Something that also works is Hydrogen Peroxide sometimes that’s even better than Saline. Mine got infected twice and the doctor told me th use Hydrogen Peroxide the first time I got mine. One reason they tell you not to take the navel ring out is because it is harder for the puss and bacteria to get out.

  3. Yeah same, I had a mild infection, only for a day and it cleared up.
    I had my belly pierced for a week and then on the 6th day it started getting swollen and very very sore, so what i did was MADE SURE that in the whole there was not crust/puss or any dirt by simply flushing the hole out with Hot/salty water and savlon wash (which is just an antibacterial wash for wounds). Now its peeling around the skin which im okay with because im sure that will heal. But if you are thinking about getting it done or if you have just got it done, MAKE SURE YOU CLEAN IT AND LOOK AFTER IT WELL, OTHER WISE IT WILL GET INFECTED. The other thing was DO NOT take your belly piercing out if you think you have infection, it is the worst thing to do!! Good Luck 🙂

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