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post #31 of 57
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
^ You're not supposed to take anything out till it heals, no matter where the hole is.
Actually, if it's infected (which it looks like it most likely is) it would be necessary to remove the ring to clean the wound properly. My earlobe got infected 10 days after piercing, and my doctor instructed me just as Brandi said: soak the stud in peroxide, then alcohol, then reinsert (after cleaning the piercing in like manner) and keep twisting to spin freely. Still took almost another 10 days to clear up, but my ear's been successfully pierced for over 20 years now! (did I say that out loud? Oy vey I'm getting old!)
post #32 of 57
Hey! I didn't read every post, but I did run through and read yours. Belly piercings are extremely sensitive and often take much longer then 6 months to heal. Even if it seems healed after 6 moths, removing your stud or ring, especially the first time, for any extended time, is not a good idea if you plan on keeping the piercing. The picture may look worse then you feel it is, but you have t be honest with yourself here and admit it's simply not healing properly, inside, bottom of, top of, it's not healed! Stop using anti bacterial soap immediately, this is bad! You need to use an antiseptic/ antimicrobial cleanser like Hibiclens, most pharmacies carry it, if not they can get it for you, very important! The bubble is basically an infection of the inner membrane area forming an ulcer or blister. Thats why there was blood. If not properly treated, it can scar over to form a keloid like growth. It is not uncommon for these type of irritations to develop years later.
Wash with Hibiclens as directed, apply Neosporin/antiseptic ointment 2 times a day, dab on top and bottom also on ring, turn ring through piercing and side to side slowly making sure ointment goes inside thoroughly and piercing is kept moisturized always, no lotion! Neosporin, antibacterial ointment and vitamin e only! No soaps but Hibiclens! Also if any signs of irritation, sensitivity, redness, 2-3 times a day clean with hydrogen peroxide. There are posts with flat circular ends, one side screws on for easier comfort as far as clothing irritating your piercing.
Believe me, I had my first piercing before any piercing shops were available. In the 80's in the back of a photography studio of someone who did piercing on the side, in NYC! I had my lip done and my roommate had his tongue done, thats another story! My roommate ended up in the hospital that week form a burst blood vessel in his tongue! Blood everywhere! Anyway...........
There are to many piercing parlors and self proclaimed piercers giving poor treatment advise and follow up if any! Keep up with the care and cleaning, and it will heal, but remember it is a sensitive area and can easily be irritated if ignored........
post #33 of 57
Hi!
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!
post #34 of 57
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Originally Posted by Tobi View Post
Hi!
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!
I don't think any one mentioned this either and it is ultimately the best thing to do if you are determined to keep this piercing! It may not be the look your after but will pay off in the long run! You don't want to mess with your belly button! Another issue with this type of irritation and prolonged healing is the piercing begins to grow out. Some people have had to re pierce theirs from extension. Sometimes if the irritation persists for an extended amount of time its best to let the hole close and re pierce.....
post #35 of 57
That's an infection by the looks of things - especially if there's pus and blood - wear loose clothing, talk to the piercing place and go talk to the doctor about having it cleaned properly and getting some antibiotics to clear up the infection. It could be due to your being allergic to the metal of the piercing, that you've gotten something nasty in it from your clothes or fingers, possibly even the soap.
post #36 of 57
Thread Starter 
Well the Bubble is gone! yea idk.. I washed it with Table Salt Water once yesterday ((right before I went to sleep.. and yes it did sting a lil)) and now the Bubble it gone.. [im not sure if its the salt water that did it]. Its just a lil red and has a lil Lymph.

I think im gonna stick with the Sea Salt idea for a lil bit and see if that helps, if not than I might go with Cheylinks idea.. im not sure exactly cause im sorta being tossed around on what to do.

Some of you sound like you may think ive already taken my Piercing out.. No I Havnt!... to be honest I have no clue how to take it out so im waiting till im 100% sure its ready ((obviously its not yet.. Hence its still in)).
The Ring thats in now is the one the Piercer gave me ((he gave them to everyone who got there belly Pierced)).

The Piercer also said dont wash it with anything BUT Anti Bacterial Soap and that Peroxide was very bad as it would make it get really Gooey.

Oh and the Piercer came Highly recommended.. I was very weary of who did my Piercing ((I had a highly recommended place picked out in FL but we ended up Moving))... When I moved to PA I had met a friend and I was talking to her about it and how Picky I was about it.. she said "Mike" was the person to go to. She had gotten Several ((Large)) Tattoos done by him and he did an awsome job ((drawing, healing etc.)).. and her friend recommended him to her.
post #37 of 57
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.

Good luck!!
post #38 of 57
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
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.

Good luck!!
Idk.. the ring is suppose to be Stainless Steel.. can there still be Nickel in Steel??
ive bought a couple Stainless Steel Banana Bells for later.. that would Suck if thats the issue.

Isnt Solid Gold Expensive.. like into the $100+??
post #39 of 57
Nickel is in a lot of jewelry that is not soild gold (yellow). Even white gold has nickel in it. I am mildly allergic to nickel if its in earrings but am fine if its in rings.
post #40 of 57
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Originally Posted by Vixen16 View Post
Idk.. the ring is suppose to be Stainless Steel.. can there still be Nickel in Steel??
ive bought a couple Stainless Steel Banana Bells for later.. that would Suck if thats the issue.

Isnt Solid Gold Expensive.. like into the $100+??
I just looked this up stainless steel apparently has 4% nickel in it. This explains why I can never wear it. Titanium is nickel free as is yellow gold. I have to make sure all my earrings are nickel free.
post #41 of 57
Thread Starter 
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)):

Alcohol Prep
Isopropyl Alcohol, 70% v/v
Sterile
NOVAPLUS Brand


^^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.
post #42 of 57
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Originally Posted by Vixen16 View Post
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)):

Alcohol Prep
Isopropyl Alcohol, 70% v/v
Sterile
NOVAPLUS Brand


^^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.
post #43 of 57
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
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.

Thanx!

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.
post #44 of 57
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Originally Posted by Vixen16 View Post

Thanx!

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.
The sheet I had said once they are healed you should only use the soap once or twice a week. So you might be using it too often. That definitely irritates piercings. Softsoap is the only one of the 3 I can find, and it has scent in it which bothers my piercings too.

I have much better luck with the saltwater soaks.
post #45 of 57
As many have said, it appears you have an infection. You likely need oral antibiotics from the doctor. Salt water and all the other stuff are useful in NORMAL HEALING SITUATIONS, not for treating INFECTION.

It's been 6 months. It should be healed and causing no problems. Clearly that isn't the case. Just make a doctor's appointment and get it tended.

Good luck,
post #46 of 57
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Originally Posted by Vixen16 View Post
Idk.. the ring is suppose to be Stainless Steel.. can there still be Nickel in Steel??
ive bought a couple Stainless Steel Banana Bells for later.. that would Suck if thats the issue.

Isnt Solid Gold Expensive.. like into the $100+??
I got mine on sale, a few years ago, so it probably is now. I dunno what else to suggest. You have gotten great advice, so I think you'll figure it out soon enough.
post #47 of 57
No alcohol!
Do not use petroleum-based ointments (e.g., Neosporin, Bacitracin, etc.), peroxide, alcohol, Betadine, iodine, and Hibaclense!! These substances can hinder and prolong the healing process.

Alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Betadine, Hibiclens and/or ointment(s) are all inappropriate products for body piercing aftercare
post #48 of 57
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Originally Posted by Vixen16 View Post
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

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Gosh you guys Post quick! lol its hard to keep up with you all.

Soak it with Epson Salt for 15 mins at a time.. Then clean it with Bactine
Do this at least 2-3 times a day.
post #49 of 57
I am a professionally trained piercer and have been doing it since '01, even though I am not currently employed at it. As long as the stuff coming out of it is not green or brownish, it in probably not an infection, it did not look like one, maybe a pimple, a commom cyst, or just irritation from the ring being pulled or turned in your sleep. I would recommend going to a tattoo or piercing place and having them change it to a sterile barbell. Start with the sea salt soaks again to draw that bump out. It can take up to 2 years for a navel piercing to completely heal all the way through. People used to think that a ring was the only way to go with a new piercing, but it has since been found that using a barbell cuts problems and healing times. I hope this helps.
post #50 of 57
Eep, I would take it out if mine looked liked that. It looks as if your body is rejecting it.

When I had mine done, I soaked it in epsom salts and warm water twice a day for like 6 months. It never became infected or anything.

My friend who got hers done at the same time as me...hers was totally rejected and came right out and looked alot like yours does now.

Good luck with it either way...but that looks painful!
post #51 of 57
Seriously, trust me, go get the ring changed to a bar. Rings are terrible for new piercings. I can almost promise you it will get better with next to no care at all if you have a right sized bar in there!
The exact same thing happened to me and it was the only thing that fixed it.

Also, I have experience with the guy who did my tattoo, and even though he's a fantastic tattoo artist, he doesn't know about piercings.
That doesn't really matter anymore though - I don't know anyone who hasn't gotten a dodgy piercing or two! All that matters is healing it up!

If you're short on cash, and that's why you're not changing it, you can get cheap (but make sure they're "Surgical steel" (NOT stainless steel)) brand new belly bars on ebay!
post #52 of 57
Thread Starter 
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??
post #53 of 57
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Originally Posted by Vixen16 View Post
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??
You want a banana for a navel piercing as far as I know. If you use a plain straight barbell, it will not fit correctly. I used a banana type barbell for my nipple rings this time and they healed MUCH better than the last time I had them pierced (well the 1 that is left now since the other fell out).
post #54 of 57
Don't go through Amazon, try here, great prices, great jewelry.
I buy exclusively from them.
Body Candy

And this is what everyone is telling you to wear for a navel piercing.
This one is actually the very one I wear.
Titanium barbel



ETA: In case you were not aware *most* navel piercings are 14 gage.
Check the paperwork you got with your piercing to be sure you are buying the right gage size.
post #55 of 57
yikes!!!

I had my belly button pierced when I was 16 with my mom's consent but it looked nothing like yours - it doesn't look good at all. I would go where you got your piercing done and ask them if it's normal. it sure doesn't look normal and I would go to the doctor and get anti-biodics. it looks painful! maybe they hit a nerve or something? make sure you keep the area really clean! I used neosporin to clean mine when I got it done but I took it out before I was supposed to and cleaned it and it closed up. I felt really sick when I got it done when they used the clamps and then I went out to Arbys for lunch. I personally wouldn't do it again. I thought about it after it healed but I didnt want to go through that feeling again. it didn't hurt just the clamps they use make you feel kinda sick.. - in fact me getting my cartlidge pierced on my ear hurt worse I thought than getting my belly button pierced!
post #56 of 57
hehe I got both nipples done all in a matter of one song! It wasn't bad at all I didn't think... But them my friend got hers done and she darn near passed out! Ive got straight, she's got banana, and we each have one that still has its issues! I dont think yellow is the color you should be seeing coming out of your peircing, sounds like puss to me!! Signs of infection! Get it taken care of! Is the lump thingy still there???
post #57 of 57
Thread Starter 
Nope, no Lump.. it disappeared the day after I posted this Tread.
Im gonna look into getting a Titanium Banana Bell soon.
And the stuff coming out isnt Yellow... its a very Light Yellow, almost White.
Now it may look Painful.. but is Not. I hardly notice it unless my Clothes start bothering it.

Oh and the Info Paper I got from the Piercer says it can take from 6 Months to a Yr for the Piercing to heal Completely.
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