Body piercing has become a fashion norm nowadays and it is common to find people who have had some kind of piercing done on different body parts, including the eyes, ears, tongue, nose, fingers, and the navel etc.
Although you may agree that sporting a body piercing would make you look more stylish and get you a place in the ‘in crowd’, you need to understand the possible complications that might arise if you do not take care of the pierced area properly.
The issue increases manifold in the case of belly button piercings that are more prone to infections and wounds. So if you have got your belly button pierced recently, here are some essential pointers you need to know about possible infections and precautionary measures to treat the same.
If you have already opted for body piercing in the past, you would know how painful the process would be. Added to that is the increased risk of infection in and around the pierced area if you do not take proper care of the wound. So be completely sure that you want to have your belly button pierced before you go ahead and do it.
How To Clean a Belly Button Piercing
How Infections are Caused
Wounded areas usually attract disease causing pathogens. And your belly button is no different. Once pierced, it would take a few days to heal and would be more prone to infection within the first few days.
Bacterial and fungal infections in these areas are generally caused due to trivial reasons that are usually overlooked during the piercing process. These include the actual procedure or method used for piercing, and the cleanliness of the place where you get it done. Simple facts like piercing your body with unhygienic tools or even dirty hands can cause infections.
How do I know I have a Belly Button Infection?
Of course, belly button infections are not hard to diagnose once you start noticing the initial symptoms, including extreme pain, irritation and redness in the pierced area. If you notice pus coming out of the pierced area, you need to get it checked by a doctor immediately as it could lead to the formation of an abscess in the navel. Ignoring these vital signs can increase your chances of being infected by other abdominal infections later on.
Taking Care of Belly Button Infections
Belly Button Piercings need to be handled carefully, especially if the pierced area is infected. Here are a few tips to help you out in cleaning an infection in the area.
If you notice pus secretion in the belly button, refrain from removing the piercing. This would make sure that the pus has space to come out of your body. If you remove the piercing, then the pierced area will close up and block the pus, thereby creating an abscess which is more painful (and harder) to take care of.
Use a good quality anti septic cream for mild infections. You can also use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant to remove the pus and clean the infected area.
Sometimes you may find it difficult to remove the pus from your belly button. This might happen when the pus solidifies and gets stuck inside the navel. In such cases, you can use a hot press (make sure you disinfect it first) to liquefy the pus and help it come out of the navel easily. Using a hot press over the affected area would also improve the blood circulation in the area and quicken the healing process.
If nothing seems to work out, seek the help of a doctor for further options.