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I got my bellybutton pierced, im scared that it might be infected!

Asked by andy1416 (72points) August 7th, 2010

I got my bellybutton pierced not even a week ago, but it looks red and it hurts. Is it normal? and for how long is it going to hurt for? Also how is the proper way to take care of it?

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nailpolishfanatic's avatar

I think putting some cold ice on it or something like that could cure it.

Mom2BDec2010's avatar

When my little sister got her pierced it was red for about a week and a half afterwards but after that it returned to its regular color and she said it didn’t hurt anymore. When puss starts coming out of it thats when you need to worry. You clean it mixing sea salt(Epsom salt) with warm water.

andy1416's avatar

oo ok thank you, and the reason why i’m worried its becasue i didnt get it done at a place my friend did it for me. shes has done it before but i dont know if she did it right. i feel like a ball were the piercing is and its a little swollen.

BoBo1946's avatar

Found this.

Stop any bleeding by applying direct pressure to the piercing site.
Apply a cold pack to help reduce swelling or bruising. Never apply ice directly to the skin. This can cause tissue damage. Put a layer of fabric or cloth towel between the cold pack and the skin.
Wash the wound for 5 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day with large amounts of warm water and any antibacterial soap, such as pHisoHex or Dial.
Elevate the piercing area, if possible, to help reduce swelling.
After the first 48 hours, if swelling and bruising are not present, soak the wound in warm water for 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. The warmth of the water will increase the blood flow to the area, which helps reduce the risk of infection. If it is too hard to soak the wound, apply a warm, moist compression pack to the site.
If you have a mouth or tongue piercing, use an antibacterial mouthwash, such as Listerine or Scope, 3 to 4 times a day to help the healing process. Avoid smoking, and don’t drink alcohol or eat spicy foods until the piercing site is fully healed.
Clean your jewelry with alcohol or hot, soapy water.
Use of an antibiotic ointment has not been shown to affect healing. If you choose to use an antibiotic ointment, such as polymyxin B sulfate (for example, Polysporin) or bacitracin, apply the ointment lightly to the wound. If a skin rash or itching develops, stop using the ointment. The rash may be caused by an allergic

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Yup, that’s normal. So long as it isn’t pussing past the first week, you’re ok. Is pussing even a word?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@BoBo1946 Scope is not an antibacterial mouthwash, which is why they recommend Listerine. There is generic Listerine, however.

Instead of warm water, it should be a warm saline solution. You can either buy it in the supermarket or drug store in the contact solution area (but get plain saline, not contact solution) or make your own by mixing ½ tsp. with 1 cup lukewarm water. If at all possible, use distilled water and non-iodonized salt (also at the grocery store, or sea salt also works).

BoBo1946's avatar

@papayalily like i said, found this. Just copied and pasted it. Understood.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@BoBo1946 I know, I just wanted to clear that part up and thought you might be interested as well.

BoBo1946's avatar

@BoBo1946 thank you….well said and taken!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Go buy some 100% aspirin tablets, run about 5 of them under water and rub off any buffer coating so you can make a paste and put that paste on your belly button. The aspirin will kill some pain/itch, take down swelling and also kill mild infection. It’s cheap and easy.

andy1416's avatar

oo wow thanks guys!!!

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