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

Whats 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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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more

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Getting Piercings Safely (Checklist)

Find a licensed piercer
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Use only stainless steel or 14k gold for your first piercing
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Clean the piercing with alcohol until healed, if infected
Daily
Check piercing for redness, pain, swelling or pus
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How should I treat a possible belly button piercing infection?

How should I treat a possible belly button piercing infection?

Clean: By keeping the area clean and dry. You can use soap and water. Hibiclens is a antibacterial soap. You may need oral antibiotics from your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Getting Piercings Safely (Checklist)

Make sure you are not allergic to metals
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Choose the piercer carefully
Once
Make sure the skin is sterilized
Once
Use an antibiotic topical ointment
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I have an infection on my belly button piercing. What Can I do?

I have an infection on my belly button piercing. What Can I do?

Clean with hydrogen: peroxide and water, put topical antibiotic ointment til you can see a doctor to be evaluated ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin be used for an infection in belly button piercing?

Can amoxicillin be used for an infection in belly button piercing?

Maybe: It might work but not at all a wise choice because most staphylococci are resistant to it. ...Read more

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Getting Piercings Safely (Checklist)

Go to a reputable piercing studio
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Make sure the piercer washes hands and wears a fresh pair of gloves
Once
Make sure the piercer uses a sterilization machine
Once
Make sure the jewelry is hypoallergenic
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Does it help? Does bio-oil help to remove a small keloid from my belly button? My keloid doesn't itch or anything is just there from a piercing infection about 2 years ago. What can I do?

Does it help? Does bio-oil help to remove a small keloid from my belly button? My keloid doesn't itch or anything is just there from a piercing infection about 2 years ago. What can I do?

See plastic surgeon: Keloids are difficult but not impossible to treat, but I am not aware of any over the counter products that are effective. See a surgeon certified by the american board of plastic surgery--don't waste your money on things that will not work. Good luck! ...Read more

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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

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