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Piercing in the navel: is infected?

The piercing in the navel is fabulous but only if cared for properly it is important to prevent and treat infections in this area.

The navel piercing involves piercing the skin, therefore be at risk of possible infection. This problem can be caused by several factors, so one must learn about prevention and proper care before getting the hoop.

It is very common for a navel piercing is infected and this is mainly caused by improper care. There is also another important point, which is that the piercing is done by a qualified piercer because it knows exactly where and at what depth do the piercing so that there is minimal risk of infection, bleeding and nerve damage.

Signs of an infected piercing

Cleaning the drilling area several times a day with a saline solution to ensure that no bacteria that come in contact with the perforated skin

  • Pain in the drilling area when touched or even when you are not touching the area. This pain can be sharp or constant, and the area can have seen red and irritated.
  • Burning sensation around the belly button ring and red coloration of the skin around the piercing.
  • Swelling in the area perforated
  • A viscous secretion yellow-white or greenish. This is a clear sign of infection as the presence of pus.
  • Development of small pus pocket near the entrance or exit of the hole.
  • Abscesses can also be formed and if not treated, can be fatal.
  • Note that there is no way that an infected belly button can go unnoticed because your body will signal that something is wrong and that’s when you need to take part.

How to prevent and treat infection in navel piercing

From the date of drilling and for 6 months, you must:

Cleaning the drilling area several times a day with a saline solution to ensure that no bacteria that come in contact with the perforated skin. Sweat, dirty water, dirty fingers all can be a source of contamination for the navel piercing, so be sure to clean the area often and well.

Do not touch the pierced area without washing your hands with antibacterial soap.

Do not remove the ring. If infected you should go to the doctor and let him determine if it is necessary to remove the piercing, because when you remove the piercing will close and the pus can cause infection even worse, because it is trapped inside the skin.

Applies an antiseptic ointment to remove bacteria that come into contact with the skin pierced. Do not put too much product, as the skin can absorb excess cream this may contribute to the development of bacteria.

Slowly move the piercing up and down to the cream to penetrate, and clean off any excess liquid with a soft cloth and clean.

If pus has formed it is necessary to go to the doctor because it is likely to be necessary to take antibiotics.

The type of piercing can also be a cause of infection, so always choose those that are made from titanium or surgical steel, as they are the most tolerated by the skin.

Choose simple piercings and make sure the hole is the right size, because the rings come in different sizes.

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