Post # 1
So basically I’ve had a naval ring since I was like 14 or something ridiculous like that. I had never had any problems with it. Well, awhile back (6 months maybe) I had decided to take it out. Recently, DH said he missed it and I kinda missed it too so I put it back in. The hole wasn’t completely open anymore, so I had to shove it through the very front. At first after having put it back in, I did use antibacterial soap on it once or twice a day, but only for a few days because it wasn’t bothering me at all. That was around a month or so ago. Now, it’s infected. It doesn’t hurt, not even a little, but it has been pussing like crazy. I haven’t had a new piercing since I was 18, and I truly don’t have even the slightest idea how to take care of this. I’ve read mixed things online, some saying take it out, others saying leave it in to act as a drain. Which should I do? I know some bees are going to say “go to a doctor”, but honestly, right now that isn’t really a choice. I had just been to the doctor earlier this month for some things and the bill ended up being like $4000 (we don’t have insurance). Needless to say, if I can take care of this at home, that’s the route I’m going to take. So bees with piercing knowledge, how the heck do I nip this infection thing in the butt?
Post # 3
I would try bactine. Its a white bottle with a green cap, Mine got infected a few years ago, and it worked for me. Lay down, let it pool in your belly button and moce the barbell back and forth I’d say every minute, and let it stay there for at least 10 minutes. If it gets gross with puss, then clean it out and refill. Don’t take the barbell out, because you could close the infection in and make it a lot worse!
Post # 4
Don’t use soap. Leave it alone.
Soak it in salt water– mix some up so it’s warm (not hot) and tastes like tears. (Weird, but that’s the mixture.) Use a little paper cup and sort of suction it to your stomach so the water can soak into the piercing and draw some of the bad stuff out.
Do not use alcohol. Do not use hydrogen peroxide. Do not use soap. If shampoo runs around it while you shower normally, that’s fine, but be sure to always rinse it last thing before you get out of the shower.
DO NOT TOUCH IT. Your hands are dirty. Don’t play with it, wiggle it, pick at it, remove the crusties, anything.
Just soak it a few times a day and leave it alone. You can take ibuprofen to reduce swelling it you’d like.
Post # 5
@MrsSl82be: Thanks! how often did you do this?
Post # 6
@bookworm88: I was going to say this exactly. Salt and warm water in a cup suctioned to your stomach will do the trick.
Post # 7
@bookworm88: Thanks! can I use normal salt or do I need sea salt? Also, how often should I do this?
Post # 8
@bashfulBEE: until it wasn’t infected anymore. Maybe 2 weeks? I just washed with water in the shower, didn’t touch it unless my hands had just been cleaned, and did that once a day. You might want to start out twice a day in the beginning
Post # 9
Sea salt/epsom salt in warm water in a cup, hold it over your bellybutton for 10 mins three time a day!
I’ve had mine pierced since I was 17 (I’ll be 28 in a month). In the last 3 years it has randomly gotten infected twice. I didn’t take it out, it just happened. It was painful and swollen and pussed. The sea salt/warm water thing works.
Post # 10
@bookworm88: Soak it in salt water– mix some up so it’s warm (not hot) and tastes like tears. (Weird, but that’s the mixture.) Use a little paper cup and sort of suction it to your stomach so the water can soak into the piercing and draw some of the bad stuff out.
^^ Exactly this.
Post # 11
Not epsom salt! Just regular table salt is just fine. But not epsom.
Post # 12
I know they say not to use bactine but I am telling you, it works wonders. Both my mom and I’s piercing got infected we used that just like once or twice a day and it was good after a few days! Good luck!
Post # 13
Bookworm gives good advice. Hope it clears soon. I have not had a problem with mine, but it’s only been a year.
Post # 14
Mine was just infected a few weeks ago. I used bactine and it cleared up within a few days.