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A 19-year-old female asked:

Very irritated navel piercing don't know if infected what can i do to relieve the pain and swelling? currently 8m pregnant!

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
See a doctor ASAP: This should be examined and evaluated for infection before it becomes more serious. Please do this right away.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Agree w Dr. Raff: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removeddrainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site.

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