Originally posted by janedoe101:
I have not been paying particular attention to the piercing, because I don't want it to get infected and such.
thing is, the first few weeks you get a piercing, you HAVE to pay particular attention to it, and clean it regularly and well, as directed by your piercer. It's extremely important.
Using an antibacterial soap twice a day for a good wash (at least 60 seconds) and moving the piercing when washing it are the minimum most piercers recommend.
Others recommend antibacterial solutions that should be applied and wiped with a q-tip.
With a belly button piercing, you should keep pressure away from the piercing, that might come from pants or pantyhose or other items of clothing.
It is normal that a piercing might ooze some clear liquid that forms little crusts on the jewellery. - Soak the piercing and gently remove the crusts.
I found that when my piercing did get irritated, a warm (not hot) saline bath (boil water, add some iodine free sea salt, cool till it's comfortable, put in a small cup that you upturn on your belly) helped relief symptoms of infections over a few days.
If you did see pus oozing out of your piercing, I'd recommend getting back to your puercer and haviong him have a look at it to evaluate what you should do. Some piercers can also recommend piercing friendly docs who might help should you need treatment.
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