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red ring around belly button piercing

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Dr. Michael Bryan
32 years experience Dermatology
Very : Very frequent to get minor infections an inflammation in navel piercings. Apply topical antibiotic (polysporin, bacitracin) with bandaid covering. I ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Pus is not normal.: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping pie ... Read More

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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
44 years experience Family Medicine
Itchy, red belly: One of the common causes of an itchy, red, oozy belly button is seborrheic dermatitis--irritation of the skin from sweat and natural oils. You can tes ... Read More
Dr. Joseph Eastern
44 years experience Dermatology
Relax...: ...It's probably not a hygiene problem; but it could be a superficial bacterial or fungal infection, the vast majority of which have nothing to do wit ... Read More
Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Belly button rash: If you have an "inny" belly button, they do not air out well. As a result, it is possible to develop irritation or an infection. You can try using alc ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Possible: It can be anywhere from mechanical irritation to an infection, bacterial or fungal. Have your doc take a look at the area, maybe have the fluid cultur ... Read More
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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Contact dermatitis: The metal may be responsible. If drainage, pus- remove the ring, antibiotic ointment like bactroban (mupirocin) locally bid. See pmd.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
43 years experience Dermatology
See your doctor: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Sebum: Do not put anything into the piercing. Wash in shower. See a DR if it is very sore or swollen. Avoid bacitracin, neosporin, triple antibiotic as these ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aurea Tomeski
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: You should see your doctor to be sure that you do not have staph infection which will need antibiotic therapy.
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Infected: The body tissue really dislikes foreign body like piercing and the area is thus more prone to irritation and infection. You really need to see a docto ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
May have to remove: This is not uncommon for up to 3-4 weeks. Care includes gently rotating the piercing under warm water (if possible) and cleansing with a mild soap suc ... Read More
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Infection: Your umbilicus or belly button is a great place to collect moisture and it can commonly get infected with a fungal infection and sometimes a combined ... Read More

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