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Dr. Susan Rhoads
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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


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Kenneth Dembny
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I have a keloid on my navel due to migration of belly button piercing. Its quite large and im just wondering if it is possible to get rid of it.

I have a keloid on my navel due to migration of belly button piercing. Its quite large and im just wondering if it is possible to get rid of it.

Treatment KeloidScar: Consult a plastic surgeon to discuss your treatment options for a keloid/hypertrophic scar -- typically these would be injection of corticosteroids into the scar vs. Scar excision. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Harper
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Dr. Robert Jackson
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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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Dr. Glynis Ablon
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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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Dr. Robert Jackson
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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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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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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