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Hi there! I just got my belly button pierced this past Tuesday. The man who did it was very throrough with the whole process, telling me everything he did, including sterilizing the bar i had chose, and the skin he would be piercing. Overall I was very happy with how things went, and didn't feel much was like a stubbed was more like shock when he did it than pain. It was fast and simple. The whole process took about 10 minutes. He told me not to use peroxide or alcohol...just some liquid dial soap and some water. I have not been paying particular attention to the piercing, because I don't want it to get infected and such. There has been minimal irritation and no pain. Today I noticed some skin on the top bar, so i took the ball out and put it in some peroxide. The ball foamed, and i washed it off with water and put it back on the bar. After pressing the bar down a little, I noticed some puss coming out of the top, so I got a q-tip and wiped it off. I am wondering if I should start cleaning the piercing with dial soap and such, or is my body just trying to fight off a foreign object, thus the puss. SOOOO my question- is this healthy? what should i do to obtain a healthy new piercing?
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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.

Hello Jane,

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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