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Doctor insights on: First Initial Belly Button Ring Change Soreness And Swelling

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My belly button ring is red around the top ball but it's not sore or no puss coming out. Is this bad and what should I do.?

My belly button ring is red around the top ball but it's not sore or no puss coming out. Is this bad and what should I do.?

PIERCING PROBLEM: You may be developing an infection. You may try a topical (cream) anti microbial like Neosporin. The key, however, is close monitoring for worsening symptoms... which would prompt evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I have swelling by my belly button and it's tender and it's 2inlong and 2 in wide right side

See Doctor: Tough to say over the computer. It may be a small umbilical hernia or a cyst, or minor infection if you have a belly button piercing, etc. See the Doc and get an evaluation so the proper diagnosis can be made and then the best treatment will follow. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Infection in belly button (oozing blood, pus and tender, not from piercing) appointment with pcp 4 days out. Should I seek urgent care or wait?

Infection in belly button (oozing blood, pus and tender, not from piercing) appointment with pcp 4 days out. Should I seek urgent care or wait?

Infection: You should seek urgent care if you are having a lot of pain or getting a high fever. Could clean the site with antiseptic and use antibiotic ointment and hot packs until seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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I changed my belly button ring at six months. When I changed it bled a little and I'm concerned it's by totally healed and I changed it too early?

I changed my belly button ring at six months. When I changed it bled a little and I'm concerned it's by totally healed and I changed it too early?

Six months: Should be sufficient to heal the "hole" made with the ring! If it bled it is probably due to some trauma when you removed it! BTW the belly button by its very nature is NOT the "cleanest" place on your body so if you wish to keep a ring there KEEP THE AREA CLEA with frequent ALCOHOL WIPES!!!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Infected navel piercing? Recently, I had my belly button pierced by a relative. It looked fine the first night, but now it's red and a little bloody around the holes with white puss. Is that normal? I do not have a barbell or ring in. We had to suffice wi

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 piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage 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. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get or have a belly button ring while pregnant?

Is it safe to get or have a belly button ring while pregnant?

Yes: I will tell you though the skin over the ring will get very, very thin as your belly stretches. The ring may pull through on its own. Most women take it out as they hit the third trimester for that reason. ...Read more

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Belly button ring problems. Is itching and slight wetness an allergy to the ring?

Belly button ring problems.  Is itching and slight wetness an allergy to the ring?

Nickel allergy: Metals such as nickel can cause a contact dermatitis. Nickel is frequently used as a hardener for metals in jewelry. ...Read more

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17 weeks pregnant, is it ok to keep my belly button ring still on?

17 weeks pregnant, is it ok to keep my belly button ring still on?

Piercings, pregnancy: If the ring is short and curved as many are, as your abdomen increases in size the ring will tear out. Not a good thing. I know here, a long, nearly 2-3inch 'stick' that can replace your current ring is sold. Many patients wish to preserve the piercing and therefore replace their ring with this 'stick' for the duration of their pregnancy and recovery. Good fortune to you. ...Read more

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I have an important belly button ring question! Please help?

I have an important belly button ring question! Please help?

Ask it: Please submit a clear & specific question about navel piercings. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I want help with my belly button ring.?

What do you advise if I want help with my belly button ring.?

Please be: Specific with the info you want about your navel piercing. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery if my belly button ring was ripped out?

Depends: Depends on the injury. If just superficial then it will probably heal on its own. If it was deeper then that then you might want to see a doctor first to see if anything like suturing etc. Needs to be done. ...Read more

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If I had to get an x-ray, what would I do with my belly button ring?

If I had to get an x-ray, what would I do with my belly button ring?

Depends: If they're taking an x-ray of your abdomen, they may want to remove it so it doesn't confuse the picture. But that depends on what they're looking for. If not of the abdomen, it doesn't matter. Metal doesn't really matter for x-rays. If getting a mri, then yes, all piercings have to be removed. ...Read more

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Tried EVERYTHING recommended on infected belly button ring for 2mnths & NOTHING works/helps. Old piercing, no probs b4. Please help.??!

Tried EVERYTHING recommended on infected belly button ring for 2mnths & NOTHING works/helps. Old piercing, no probs b4. Please help.??!

ProofIsInThePudding: Everythinnnnnng? Hmmmmm? Did you pour hot chocolate pudding into it? Or see a psychic healer? Or, oh wait, how about seeing a regular ol' doc? One who'll look for a small pocket of pus or a foreign body(or evidence of alien abduction)under the skin with an ultrasound? Or probe for a small unhealed sinus tract? Or skin detritus that commonly collects there and impedes healing? Do so if the pudding fails ...Read more

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Will I need to take out my belly button ring during head mri?

Will I need to take out my belly button ring during head mri?

Yes: Yes, everyone is required to remove all jewelry before even entering the room in which an MRI is located. It's primarily a safety concern, but can also affect the quality of a scan.

I once forgot to remove my metalic collar tabs from my shirt and before i even got close to the MRI scanner my collars were flapping like a bird trying to take off. Those magnets are extremely strong! ...Read more

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What's the best way to get rid of an infection in just the bottom hole of your bottom belly button ring?

What's the best way to get rid of an infection in just the bottom hole of your bottom belly button ring?

Consider this:: Clean with mild soap and water, and use topical bacitracin, two or three times a day. Keep it covered with a bandaid to avoid irritation. If no better in 3-5 days see doc. If fever, surrounding redness, increasing pain, get seen immediately. Hope it is nothing! Also, with any skin wound make sure your tetanus is current. If diabetic or have a serious chronic medical condition, see/call MD ASAP ...Read more

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How bad does an infected belly button ring have to get before I go see a doctor if I took the ring out?

How bad does an infected belly button ring have to get before I go see a doctor if I took the ring out?

Tenderness/redness: If tenderness and/or redness persists then see the doctor. If any secretions and/or pus is visible then see the doctor. ...Read more

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Swollen skin around my belly button ring. Remove it?

Swollen skin around my belly button ring. Remove it?

Depends...: Depends on what is causing it. It could be an umbilical hernia. You'll need to see your doctor and find out exactly what it is. ...Read more

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Belly button ring hole itching, early sign of pregnancy?

Have not heard that : One, the best way to tell is to do a blood preg test which will be + a few days before the missed period. ...Read more

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I masturbated for the first time and since then my vagina pains and is a bit sore and I bleed while peeing. I also have lower abdomen swelling.?

I masturbated for the first time and since then my vagina pains and is a bit sore and I bleed while peeing. I also have lower abdomen swelling.?

Sounds like: You traumatized (hurt) yourself...and you might have a bladder infection (a common result of vaginal trauma. Seak with your Family Doctor or Gynecologist about your symptoms... Next time try a LUBRICANT (There are many safe examples) Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

Belly Button (Definition)

The belly button is the remnants of the umbilical cord. It is a central scar that forms in the location of the base of the umbilical cord, once ...Read more


Piercing (Definition)

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which ...Read more