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Jessie321
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I got my belly button pierced about five months ago and it still doesn't seem to be healed yet. It kind of leans to the left and there is a slight build up of try flaky looking skin on the right. I think it might have gotten infected a couple weeks ago because there was a slight yellow puss that came out from the bottom side of the hole. There is a red looking scar think on the underside of the bottom hole where I'm assuming the puss came from. But I've been washing it at least once a day since i got it pierced. I don't know if its rejecting or if my body doesn't like the surgical steel.... what do you think?
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Heather
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This really isn't exactly in our area per sexual health, sexuality or relationships and things around them.

But no matter what, any time you think you may have any kind of infection -- and it sounds like a definite maybe here -- you want to see a healthcare provider. So, I'd suggest you check in with a doctor.

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Destinee Carols
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That sounds neither like rejection nor allergic reaction (though listen to Heather; find a doctor and don't take my word for it, I'm hardly anyone with any degree of expertise). Navel piercings, I hear, are one of the trickier ones, and it's all too possible that five months isn't enough for it to heal especially if it gets irritated frequently. I've had other ear piercings that do the same thing... Also, how often you're washing and what you're washing it with can also be a factor. For sure check with a doctor or wherever it was you got pierced - if it was a clean, legit place they should be able to tell you and give you proper aftercare instructions.
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May Day
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Again, i encourage you do go to a doctor, but also start cleaning it twice a day again.

Use only a saline solution and stop touching it! This one is easy and suitable: mix 1 cup of boiled water with 1 teaspoon of salt, allow to cool. Put it in a cup and hold it onto your navel (so lie back somewhere) for at least 10 minutes. Twice a day.

Don't touch it! don't move your bar up and down, don't wear pants that press onto your navel, i suggest that in between washing you put a fabric bandage over it. Go back to the place you were pierced as well, talk to them.

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