post #31 of 57
3/2/08 at 11:49pm
I skimmed all 3 pages but I don't think anyone's said this (if they did, sorry!)
Take the ring out, now!! I'm partially trained as a body piercer (grew tired of the hobby a year or two ago) and have seen this exact thing so many times. On myself when I was 13 too
You want to get an ordinary navel banana bar. A good quality one. I know that you're not "meant" to take it out until it heals, but trust me, it will heal if you do this, in my experience anyway.
Go to a piercing shop and actually get them to measure the piercing (You can do this at home yourself if you'd rather not spend the money... if you're unsure though it's better going into the store). You just need to measure the amount of millimeters (sorry, metric) from hole to hole when the piercing is out. Even though you only really see the standard 10mm navel bars in stores, many sell smaller ones. My navel needs a 6mm bar because of a dodgy piercing I got when I was 13, but now it looks fine, and that's quite a few years ago. When your piercing heals, go for it and get a ring... but if it starts looking dodgy again you'll know why!
Sorry if someone's already said this, but definitely give it a try - my doctor didn't really have a clue why mine was wrong, just said take it out. As a 14 year old then, I was like "as if i'm taking this thing out!"
So... let me know how it works out!
Are you allergic to Nickel at all? I had the same issue with mine when I got it a while ago, and I'm highly allergic to nickel (even though they SWORE there was only trace amounts of it in the ring). I got a solid gold banana-bar type ring and had no problems from then on. I've had mine out for a few years now (felt too "old" for it, lol), but once I switched to solid gold, I was fine.
Im not sure if im Allergic to Nickel though.
What about Alcohol? im not sure if you guys already mentioned it but what if I rubbed it down with Alcohol everyday.. would it maybe help?
If so.. I dont have any Liquid Alcohol but I do have Alcohol Wipes ((first AID Kit)):
Isopropyl Alcohol, 70% v/v
^^Could I use those?
Also im thinking about covering it with a Large Bandage for the day... can I use a Gauze Patch? ((Johnson + Johnson Brand))
Oh and Thanx everyone for helping me out.
OW! I wouldn't rub alcohol on it. No way. The sheet I got with my body piercings said Salt Water or antibacterial soap (specifically softsoap, provon and one other one).
I prefer a saltwater soak--I use sea salt if they get irritated. 15 minute soaks when I do them. When I first got them, I soaked them for 20-25 minutes twice a day. Hope that helps.
Well I know the Alcohol would burn.. but if it would help.
The sheat I got said Antibacterial Soap, which ive been using.. but other people are saying thats bad to use.
Ive been doing the Salt Soak since Yesterday.. I hope the Salt helps.
I wrote that all down.. were gonna pick up some Sea Salt when we go to the store in a couple days.. till then ill use Salt. Ill try that and see if it helps. Thanx
Gosh you guys Post quick! lol its hard to keep up with you all.
My Piercing doesnt hurt at all really, the Goo stuff is a very light yellow color... so I dont think its Infected.
I cant get to another Piercer.. as I said before the nearest Piercer place is to far. Ill look on Amazon ((we dont shop on eBay))for some Surgical Steel Barbells-- wait.. Barbells or Banana Bells??