Body Piercing

Infected Belly Button Piercing Symptoms and Treatment

Belly button piercing has caught the eyes of many young girls as it looks sensuous. However, there are several risks and dangers of belly button piercing. Lack of proper aftercare and treatment can lead to a serious belly button piercing infection. Instead of getting a belly button piercing done and making a fashion statement, you may simply end up getting an infection, if not taken care properly. So, read on to learn about the symptoms and treatment of infection after belly button piercing.

Belly Button Piercing Infection Symptoms:

Infections after belly button piercing are caused by bacteria and fungi, and usually does not go unnoticed. Using inappropriate methods of piercing, unsterilized needles, dirty hands or polluted water can lead to serious infections. The symptoms of infected belly button piercings are:

  • The first and foremost symptom of an infection is pain, which can also accompanied by swelling.
  • Redness on the piercing area is a sign of infection.
  • You’ll get burning sensation or the pierced area feels hot to touch.
  • A fluid also called pus will come out of the wound. This stage is known as cellulitis.
  • In the advanced infection stages, the pierced wound starts to bleed and discharges a yellowish-green fluid, which is the symptom of sepsis-septicemia.
  • There is a chance of forming of an abscess etc. if the infection is not treated on time. An abscess can also be fatal, if not treated properly on time.
  • If the infection is not treated on time, it can also spread to the whole abdomen and lead to food abdomen infection.

Treatment of Infected Belly Button Piercing:

If you get any of the above symptoms, don’t simply ignore them. Get a proper check up from the physician immediately. Here are some of the basic treatments for infected belly button piercing:

  • Remove the navel jewelry which you are wearing. But, if the piercing wound is discharging puss, don’t remove the ring. Removing the ring when there is pus discharge can lead to abscess formation.
  • If there is an abscess formation or pus discharge, your physician may prescribe oral antibiotics. However, in certain cases you may need surgical treatment to remove the abscess.
  • For mild infection, you can use antiseptic creams.
  • In case, the pus does not drain from the piercing wound, you need to use a hot compress. But, make sure that you disinfect the container properly before using the hot compress.
  • Soak the compress in a hot water and refined-salt solution. This will sterilize the compress and help disinfect the piercing wound.
  • You can also use hydrogen peroxide to drain the pus from the wound and clean the piercing infection. But, understand that it cannot be used as an belly button piercing aftercare.
  • Intravenous antibiotics are required if the infection spreads to the whole body.

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