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I want to get a navel piercing but i have a few questions:

1) I play basketball almost every day, if i get it pierced, how long will i have to stop playing and allow the piercing to heal enough for me to start playing again? also, once ive started playing again, what precautions will i have to take to make sure it doesn't "rip" during intense playing?

2) I also swim a lot and have the same questions for that too, how long will i have to stop to allow it to heal and what precautions will i have to take once ive started swimming again?

I have already visited Body and Soul with my question as well as Body Modification: A Simple Primer, but it wasn't able to answer my questions. Please help!

thank you!

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Gumdrop Girl
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well, you're probably going to hate this answer, but here goes: it depends.

some people's piercings heal faster than others (depends on the person, depends on how well they were pierced). so we can't give you an exact date. a week at least.

but for basketball, be careful. i played sports, too and i have ear piecings. you can take an earring out before a game just fine. but you can't take out your belly button ring (it'll close up before the second half). piercings can be dangerous during sports. they get snagged, ripped and torn. OUCH! some refs won't even let you onto the court if you have a piercing without covering it with a piece of athletic tape or something.

as for swimming, definitely let it heal up all the way (don't skimp on healing time here. if it's healed, you'll know it's healed. if it's still sore and still resembles a fresh wound, don't swim. when you do go swimming, when you're done, dry it off immediately to keep the piercing for festering in water (a great way to get an infection).

oh, don't even po-mo me, baby...

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