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what's the best way to know if my naval piercing is infected?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Piercing infection.: Is the area red or swollen? Is it warm to the touch? Is it more painful then it was previously? Is it exuding pus? Tender to the touch? If yes, please see a physician now to help treat your infection.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What approaches work best to heal a navel piercing?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.

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