Infected Belly Button Piercing - Home Care

Infected Belly Button Piercing – Home Care

By: - Health & Fitness - September 27, 2011
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If you have recently gotten your belly button pierced and suspect that you may have a belly ring infection, you may be able to treat it at home. It is important to note that if you try the methods listed below and have no significant relief after a few days, you should stop home care and see a doctor as soon as possible. An infected belly button piercing can lead to sepsis, which is a deadly blood infection that can only be treated with IV antibiotics.

Prevention is the first step in taking care of a belly ring infection. Most piercers will give you directions on how to take care of your new piercing. If it is infected, you probably did not follow the directions well enough or correctly. You should be cleaning your piercing at least twice a day with anti-bacterial soap and also a daily salt water soak made of ½ tsp salt in ¼ cup of warm water. You should not be touching or moving your piercing during the healing process which can take from 4 months to a year.

Signs of an infected belly button piercing typically start with redness around the site, a lot of pain and yellow or green pus. If you see this, you need to take action immediately. Start with applying a warm compress to the belly button site. You should use a clean cloth, wet it and put it in the microwave for about 25 seconds. Wait until it is cool enough to touch and lay with the compress on your belly button until it cools down. You can do this several times a day. You should also use cotton swabs or cotton balls to get salt water rinses in the area.

Make sure your belly ring infection site is clean and dry then apply an over the counter antibiotic cream. Do not cover your belly button, it needs air to breathe. Do not wear any tight pants and if possible, wear no clothing that is going to rub or irritate the infected belly button piercing. You can use hydrogen peroxide sparingly a few times if you notice pus that has not drained.

If it has been more than 3 days and the infection is not better, this is when you need to get in touch with a doctor. Waiting much longer than a few days can not only make you very sick, it can possibly kill you.