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A 18-year-old female asked:

My two week old belly piercing isred and hurts a little. people say its infected but its not creating a yellow or green puss and doesn't smell, is it?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Possibly: The cardinal signs of inflammation are warmth, redness, pain, swelling. You have at least 2 of these and should get this looked at by a doctor before the infection, if present, begins to spread and becomes severe. May require removal of the piercing.
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 36 years experience
Belly piercing: This should be seen by a clinician. 'people' may be correct and this is infected. You may also be reacting to the piercing material also.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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