How can I treat an infected belly button at home?

For an infection
  1. Remove the jewelry.
  2. Soak a cotton ball in a mixture of antimicrobial soap and warm water, and gently wash your belly button with it. Try to keep the area clean and dry at all times.
  3. Avoid wearing tight clothing because it can irritate the affected area.

Do belly button piercing get infected easily?

Infection. A piercing on your belly button is more likely to get infected than other body parts because of its shape. It’s easy for bacteria to hole up inside it. If the piercing needle wasn’t sterile, there’s a chance you could get serious infections like hepatitis or tetanus.

What happens if a belly piercing infection goes untreated?

An abscess (build-up of pus) may form around the piercing site. If left untreated, this has the potential to cause a scar and may need to be surgically drained. In some cases, it may develop into blood poisoning (sepsis) or toxic shock syndrome, which can be very serious.

Should I take out my piercing if its infected?

When to remove a piercing

If a new piercing is infected, it is best not to remove the earring. Removing the piercing can allow the wound to close, trapping the infection within the skin. For this reason, it is advisable not to remove an earring from an infected ear unless advised by a doctor or professional piercer.

Can I put Neosporin on my belly button piercing?

NEVER USE: Bacitracin or Neosporin. Petroleum based ointments CLOG the piercing and make it difficult for your body to heal.

Why is there a bump on my belly button piercing?

Keloids are overgrowths of scar tissue that form at the site of skin injury. They’re a common side effect of piercings and some people are more prone to keloids than others. They’re harmless, but can be annoying and occasionally painful.

Should I squeeze pus out of infected piercing?

It’s best to leave it in unless a doctor says otherwise because the hole can close up and trap bacteria or pus inside. Don’t try to squeeze the pus out either because you may introduce more bacteria into the piercing site.

What can I put on an infected piercing?

Gently pat dry the affected area with clean gauze or a tissue. Then apply a small amount of an over-the-counter antibiotic cream (Neosporin, bacitracin, others), as directed on the product label. Turn the piercing jewelry a few times to prevent it from sticking to the skin.

How do you get rid of a piercing infection?

Treating the infection at home
  1. Wash your hands before touching or cleaning your piercing.
  2. Clean around the piercing with a saltwater rinse three times a day. …
  3. Don’t use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or antibiotic ointments. …
  4. Don’t remove the piercing. …
  5. Clean the piercing on both sides of your earlobe.

What happens if you pop a piercing bump?

Can I pop my nose piercing bump? NO. With keloids and granulomas there’s nothing to pop ‘out’ of your bump. And with pustules, just because you think you’re a dab hand at popping pimples on your face, does not mean you should be popping pustules on your piercings.

How do you drain a piercing bump?

Apply a warm compress

Trapped fluid under the skin can cause a bump, but heat and pressure will help gradually drain it. A simple warm water compress can be made by soaking a clean washcloth in hot water, applying it to the piercing, and holding it there with gentle pressure for a few minutes.

Does a piercing bump mean it’s infected?

Although minor swelling and redness are typical, more severe symptoms could be a sign of infection. See your piercer or doctor right away if you’re experiencing: uncomfortable pain or swelling. unusually thick or smelly discharge.

Will piercing bump go away?

Skin changes can occur at the site of piercings. These changes are not always a cause for concern. For example, piercing bumps are harmless and may go away over time. However, keloid scars can continue to get bigger.

Should I leave my piercing bump alone?

To avoid red lumps, NEVER fiddle with the piercing or knock it. If you do acquire a lump then leaving it completely alone is the best option, not cleaning it multiple times a day which just aggravates it even further. OVER CLEANING WILL CAUSE INFECTION !

How do you make a saltwater mixture for piercings?

Here’s how to prepare a sea salt solution for cleaning or soaking your piercing:
  1. Pour 1 cup of warm water into a cup or bowl. …
  2. Add 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon of the sea salt, and allow it to dissolve. …
  3. Dip squares of clean gauze or dressing into the sea salt solution and allow them to saturate.
  4. Apply them to your piercing.

Is saline solution good for piercings?

We use saline solution for piercing aftercare for a number of reasons. Its two ingredients—salt and water—won’t irritate your skin like other chemicals might. It’s also an effective disinfectant. … The solution also helps to flush away debris from the piercing entrance and exit.

Should I remove my piercing if I have a keloid?

These can further irritate the skin and slow the healing process. Don’t remove the piercing. This can cause the hole to close up and trap the infection.