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Belly Button Piercings

Updated on August 3, 2010
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Whitney is an expert on piercings and tattoos with experience in the body modification world.

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Navel Ring

One of the most popular piercings in today's youth and young adult population- is the navel piercing, also known as the belly button piercing.

The standard navel piercing is through the upper ridge of the navel. Sometimes the navel piercing is through the lower ridge or the left and right ridges of the navel.

Although, history portrays variously decorated belly buttons and stomachs, there is no direct history related to the navel piercing. Today, it is solely a decorative piercing, mostly in the female population.

The body is prone to reject a navel piercing, but with proper care and healing methods, one could successfully heal a belly button piercing.

Many people see the navel piercing as a type of surface piercing, but it is not. Navel piercings are pierced on a curve, versus a flat plane. They are much easier to heal than surface piercings, and they are less likely to reject. Now, that does not mean that your body will not reject a navel piercing, but they are less likely to in comparison to a surface piercing.

And, on that note, many people will get reverse navel piercings which is nothing more than a horizontal piercing, usually below the navel. This is a surface piercing, and will be much harder to heal than the average belly button piercing.

Healing Belly Button Piercings

The navel piercing is relatively simple to heal. In some cases, depending on how a person sleeps, it can be a harder case to deal with.

It is preferable that one sleeps on his/her back while healing a navel piercing.

You should clean it once or twice a day with saline, or a sea salt solution. Put enough saline in a small, disposable cup so that when you lay down, the piercing will be fully covered. Let the piercing soak for 10 to 15 minutes before removing the cup.

In the shower, you can clean the jewelry and the area around the piercing with a mild soap. Gently push the jewelry through the piercing, cleaning the piercing with the soap. Make sure to get all the soap from around the piercing. Leaving soap in a wound, as a piercing is essentially a wound, can cause more irritation.

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Navel Piercing Placement

Upper: The upper navel piercing, is the standard piercing, in which the jewelry is placed through the upper ridge above the belly button.

Lower: The lower ridge, directly below the belly button is pierced. Sometimes piercers will choose not to pierce the upper ridge, for anatomical reasons.

Sides: For decorative purposes, people may choose to have the sides (left and/right) of their belly button pierced. This cannot be performed on all people.

Reverse: The reverse navel piercing is a surface piercing below the belly button. The surface bar is placed horizontal versus the standard vertical piercing.

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Belly Button Jewelry

Banana Barbell: The most common jewelry used in a navel piercing. The barbell is a slightly curved barbell with a ball on either side. The banana barbell can come with UV balls, metal, acrylic, logo, and patterns balls, as well as dangly fixtures.

Twister Barbells: Essentially, a twister barbell is a barbell that is twisted. Decorative balls can be placed on this particular barbell as well.

Captive Bead Ring (CBR):Sometimes people will wear CBR's in their navel piercing. This can cause a little pressure on the piercing itself.

Today, there are various forms of the above mentioned jewelry pieces. There are banana barbels with dangly attachments for aesthetic appeal. Some banana barbells can be found with logo balls, as well as glow in the dark balls, and other brightly colored acrylic and metal balls.

On exception of the first picture, which is original, all other photos can be found at flickr.com.

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      Maria 5 years ago

      For all that have red, discharge etc. on their piercings...bathe with anitbiotic soap and spray Bactine Antisceptic or the Walgreen's Generic Bactine Antisceptic on it three times daily or as many times as you need it. It should be better in two days. It helps if you spray this on your piercing when you're changing jewelry as well because it eleminates resistance when you're sliding the post in. Do not use antibacterial ointment because it will help your body attempt to heal/close the piercing and hydrogen peroxide will dry the piercing out too much. The antisceptic will keep it clean, will kill potential infection and the piercing stays in tact and does not attempt to close.

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      Liss 5 years ago

      Well, I'm thirteen. I had mine done since october and the piercing itself just felt like two bee stings. Afterwards felt like a really bad sunburn. But my ripped out! Any ideas for healing it so I can pierce it again?

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      You are too young. Your body is still growing and changing, which will increase the risks of migration.

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      Leanna 5 years ago

      I am 11 I want my belly button piersed but my dad want let me some one give advice plz thank u

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      Ellie 5 years ago

      The person who said that chlorine* helps heal it, that is SO WRONG. Your not supposed to swim for a few weeks after in swimming pools that have chlorine in them, HOWEVER, salt water is extrreeemmeellyyy good for the healing process, so feel free to swim in the ocean as much and as soon as you want :)

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      Abbe 5 years ago

      Hey i recently just got my belly done like 5 or 4 days ago it will be a week on thursdayy :D but recently it has been becoming abit red around the top of the belly ring and it hurts whenever i touch it or try to clean it , no puss is coming out but im scared it will is it infected???, pleassseeee helpp! :s

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      stormy_kay 5 years ago

      Which is less painful, the top or the bottom??

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      Hannah 5 years ago

      Hi there I want my belly button done but I'm scared it will hurt and I sleep on my back so will it hurt even more and I do loads of sports so will I have to give up Help me lol

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      leighannmarie 5 years ago from charleston sc

      i just got my belly button pierced like 4 days ago and it was red and it hurt a bit. i clean it bout 3 or 4 times a day with dial anti bacterial soap and it stings a bit when i clean it. there is like a little bit of yellowish white stuff coming out, and i don't know if it is normal. the piercing didn't hurt at all. but i normally sleep on my stomach, and some how i end up on my stomach any way. the top of it is red and sore when i move. is that normal?? i don't want it to be infected or anything, can some one help me?

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      Maddy 6 years ago

      Hey guys, i got my belly button pierced about what. january ? and all those signs are NORMAL. the pus, the blood everything. completely normal. it is the process of healing, after a few days you can swim . and the cloreen will help it heal, INCLUDING if its infected ( that's what i did ) i also have a question for someone. i am getting my bottom belly button saturday. not worried about the pain but i ride horses often ,will it hurt the next time i go ? pleaseee reply.

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      allegra 6 years ago

      i got my belly pierced maby 4 moths ago and all of a suddon it's swollen and red, but it hasn't healed yet what do i do??????

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      Cirque age 20 6 years ago

      Hey ive had my double piercing for about 4 months. i was wondering if you could answer a few questions. ive read that some discharge is normal. im having redness still along with that. Ive worried that the inverse is rejecting because i can see the slight shape of the bar underneath my skin. more of the bar shows on the inverse than the top piercing, and it looks shallower. ive had the balls fall off by accident and i had to clean and put the piercing back in both top and bottom. the top one has bled putting it back in. im a firefighter so heavy exercise is often. advice? please Thanks

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      Bridget 6 years ago

      I'm 16 almost 17 (i will be 17 in 8 days) and I'm supposed to be goin friday to get mine done. I'm so excited but I'm scared at the same time. I'm scared it's gonna hurt really bad. Is there anything I can do to keep it from hurtin so bad??

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      tashaaaaaaa101 6 years ago

      Hi, I got my belly buttom pirced like 5 weeks or more ago, and it has yellow puss coming out, I was told its healing. I just wanted to know if I could change the bar?

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      Laura 6 years ago

      ok. redness around the top and bottom is normal, like u shouldn't be able to see it if u look in the mirror but if u kinda lift up the barbell it'll be red u jjust peirced r bellybutton. and yellow, white, and clear pus is normal. if it turns green or grey its infected. just clean it and you'll be fine. and Lauren that happened to be the first time because it hurt really bad to clean it. just wash ur hands and move it around often WITH CLEAN HANDS.

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      Meegss 6 years ago

      I reli want my belly bottom done but I'm reli scared of infection Etc... I'm 13 nearly 14 should I ?? And wat will I hav to do and wats it like to get donee xx

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      Emily 6 years ago

      I just got mine pierced today. Im 17, and it didn't hurt at all. The guy i went to didn't use a clamp, and i didn't even feel the needle go through. Sore as hell though): Anyway.. I dont think you are too young, because when i was that age i wanted one too.

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      Tiff 6 years ago

      I don't think you should have it done until at least 16 or 17. I don't think it's slutty or anything. I just think that's too young for any child to get theirs done. Ears are the only thing I approve of that young. I've had mine for 6 weeks though and I LOVE IT!!! It's cute :) and it doesn't hurt. But there's some white pus stuff coming out of it. Is that normal? My sister said it might be infection and to just wash it, but it's always had that stuff come out of it? Should I just use the sea salt stuff? I've been using Dial Antibaterial soap like the dude told me...HELP!!!

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      Jackie 6 years ago

      Hahaha..

      You're all like... 12-15 and can't spell to save your life.

      Before you make an argument, try spell checking.

      P.S

      DON'T USE PEROXIDE. It's too abrasive and burns the newly pierced skin.

      DO use antibacterial fragrance free soap.

      DO use sea salt soaks.

      and

      DON'T touch it.

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      sissy 6 years ago

      very true! nothing is slutty unless you make it that way!!! and as long as you conduct yourself with respect you shouldn't let it bother you what some goober says! be proud and respectful of yourself young ladies and you will be treated that way!

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      Lauren 6 years ago

      I want a belly button peircing but some people say go for it but some people think it's scary and can get infected so can you help me?

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      Shannon 6 years ago

      Hi, I had my belly Pierced 2 weeks ago . The piercing itself was completely pain free compared to my tragus piercing. But since 4 days after I got it pierced, it is very red around the top ball, although there is no pus , is this normal?

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      Anniel 6 years ago

      I got mine done on 29 november, 2011 i was 12 now im gonna be 13 on the 19 may so don't worry about urs mine is fine so don't be scared if u want to pierce urs u can.

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      sofia 6 years ago

      i don't think 114/15/16 is too young... i have mine done and im 13...its not slutty unless you make it slutty!

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      tattoots 6 years ago

      I've found that aloe vera helps with the scarring, i recommend it to my clients and all have had a good out come with it. Now obviously it doesn't get ride of it completely. Not bottled aloe, from the plant. strip the green from the leaves and blitz the pulp. it can be kept in the fridge for two weeks, or if kept in the freezer can last a lifetime.

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      JannaMac 6 years ago

      15 and 16 yearold are not too young &it is not sluty for their age.... almost every girl of that age has it done... THANKS. you might think they're too immature and everything to get them, that's not ture, there are a lot of mature 15and 26 yearolds out there...

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      Darla 6 years ago

      stupid 14 and 15 yearold...you are way to young...that's pretty slutty for that age

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      Chandler 6 years ago

      Danyellee, I strongly suggest using a surgical steel barbel. I know because pretty much the same thing happened to me! And if you do this and keep it clean you'll be fine.

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      Hannah 6 years ago

      I had my belly pierced 4days ago and i didn't feel anything didn't feel the clamp what is ment to hurt the worse and never felt the needle go threw either.. and im the worse one 4 pain!! it's a little tender bending but that's normal other than that its fine. Just you need to make sure you clean it well.. i use savlon spray what is quick and easy to use and so far its fine. so honestly don't be scared have it done its really cute :) x

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      Arianna 6 years ago

      hii im arianna im 15 i pirced my belly button like when i was 12 then when i was 14 i pirced the bottem and side of my belly buttom. Wat i was wondering is if u have scar tishiu is there any way u can get ride of it so i can pirce it agin without all the pain?

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      Danyelleee 6 years ago

      Hi, i had my belly button pierced about 5 months ago for the 2nd time. I don't think its healing too well again because bleeding sometimes on top of the bottom ball and sometimes goes gunky. I think im allergic to titanium bars as went bad with my first piercing and left me with a scar which u can still kinda see under my piercing again....But now i have a bodi flex bar in...Do u think this will help or is ir more hassle than its worth and should i just take it out as it might be rejecting? HELP MEEEEE!!!

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      Ambi 6 years ago

      Hey im 12 and for my bday i want 2 get my navel done im not scared and i know all of the things i need 2 know about care and healing im just scared of rejection or mirgration plz help me_ambi

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      Kiki 6 years ago

      Thank you, I guess I'll pospone it and wait till I'm older (:

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Not something I would recommend. First off, your body is still growing, and the piercing will migrate as you grow. Second off, the movement during healing can easily cause irritation.

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      Kiki  6 years ago

      Hey I'm 14 and getting my belly button done in a week, but have a dance perfomance in 2 weeks will I still be able to dance??

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      Lauren 6 years ago

      Hi, i've had my belly done about 2-4 weeks, and im quite scared about mine, i keep getting this yellow puss coming from under the small ball at the top, is this normal?

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      Kandice 6 years ago

      well i am gonna get me belly botton pierced on tha 3rd willit hurt????

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      Jessica- Elizabeth 6 years ago

      Hey. i Got my belly button done about 2 days ago.. But i didn't get a normal belly ring. And i don't know how to take it out. Its called a revers one... and i called up the place i got it done and the gave me wrong information !

      HELP!

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      Becca 6 years ago

      I am 14 and gonna be 15 in two weeks ; i asked my aunt if she would get it done for me as my bday gift . But my parents aren't gonna know just yet . I need to know how hard this will be to keep hidden while it heals . Is there anything that may require an adult or something i may need to buy to help it heal that i as a teen won't be able to ?

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      natalia 6 years ago

      hi, im 15 and a half and im thinking about asking my parents about getting my belly button pierced for my 16th birthday, ive done research and found some places and asked my friends where they've got them done.i don't know how to ask and how to convince them to let me get it, any suggestions? please help me!!! thanks!

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      Lauren  6 years ago

      hi,

      i have had mine done for about month now it is a bit red and pussie but fine i play with myn and the lot and it is fine yes hahaha and if you arre thinking about getting it done go for it xxx

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      Brandy 6 years ago

      I've been thinking about getting my bellybutton pierced, do they clean the surface of your bellybutton before piercing it?

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      Nanii  6 years ago

      My belly piercing has a green ish thing coming out of it and it hurts a bit wa do I doo ??

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      Danielle 6 years ago

      & just to add to that . I got mine done when I was 13, I just turned 14. & I own horses, so I ride everyday & move around a lot, I also play volleyball which consits of a lot of moving. So you can't really tell people when it will be healed, or when they can swim or whatever. It really consits of if you clean it right after & be careful, & what your body is like. My friend got hers done & an hour later went swimming. She also owns horses & does chearleading. It's been over a year now she had hers done & no problems at all, she changed it after 4 months, but changed the balls after 3. It really depends on the person. judge it yourself, if theres no reddness or soreness at all then it proBley is healed. & it's Ok to so swimming a little after you get it pierced, as long as the pool is clean & you clean your bellybotton pierced right away when u get out. Don't go in hottubs, because they have a lot of germs & will infect your bellybotton. Hopee i helped :)

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      Ambs 6 years ago

      Heey i had my belly pierced say 4 months ago and its got some little red lump is that normall?X

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      Danielle 6 years ago

      Hey , I just wanted to let you guys know that the swelling & redness around the pierceing just after getting it done is totally normal & I felt like i was going to faint right after getting it done too. What I did with mine was mixed sea salt & water in a squirt bottle to clean it & id squirt the water on it, it worked like a charm. I've had mine done for 2 & a half months. The day after I got it pierced I swent swimming in a public pool, I slept on my stomach & mines healed just fine. I had some yellow/white ish puss coming from it, & a little blood but that's just the inside healing. It totally normal, so don't worry about a thing, & don't play with it, it will get infected. You shouldn't change it till at least 4 months. But you could change the balls if your careful. Good luck :)

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      katie 7 years ago

      i have just had my belly button dun for a 2nd time it does hurt when it is through skar tisue but it doesn't hurt the 1st tym i had it done

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      abs 7 years ago

      I've had my belly pierced for 3 months in October but the thing is, I've started to get a red lump/ball at the top of my piercing, and I'm not very sure if it's normal, but my friend has hers done, and she said it was just scar tissue?

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      eboni 7 years ago

      i had just gotten bellybutton pierced almost 3 weeks ago and to be honest with you it didn't really hurt it wasn't painful like i thought it would be. it's still a little tender and what i hate the most is the fact that i have to sleep on my back(which i hate doing)

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      KaylinSierra 7 years ago

      I got my belly button pierced about 4 weeks ago. Its healing well. But I don't like ring that it was pierced with. Would it be okay to change it?

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      Katelynn 7 years ago

      I got my belly button peirced about 2 months ago. when i twist the belly ring around this yellow discharge comes out. Is this normal?

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      lp 7 years ago

      hey, i got my belly buttoned pierced in april and it fot puuled on a lil the other day well now it burns hurts to move and blood is coming from the bottom when i move it. so should i take it out??

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      jodie15 7 years ago

      i got my belly pierced 3 days ago and its red around the top and on the bottom bar it has like this yellow thing on it but my mam says its just the skin do you think its infected?

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      alicia  7 years ago

      hey i'm 14 and just got a bellybutton piercing dun 6 days ago and now? yesterday there was some green and clear icky stuff coming out what does that mean because mi dad is tellin me that is normal but it only hurts when i move it ? but when i take care of it it doesn't hurt ? pls tell me thanks

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      andrea 7 years ago

      i got my belly ring in april and i have a bump under the piercing. Well today i look it out to clean it when i was in the bath and i got it in up until i get to the top whole. There is a see throuh

      gh layer of skin. Is my pericing cloosed

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Check out :

      https://tatring.com/piercing-types/Problems-Belly-...

      for rejection and migration signs.

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      Jane 7 years ago

      Hey Whitney, I was wondering, what are the signs to show that the piercing has migrated? & even if it migrates, will there be a scar? Thanks in advance. :)

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      Rochelle 7 years ago

      Hi, I'm Rochelle. I just got my belly pierced a few hours ago, and it was red around the edges, but my piercer took some baby oil and dabbed the edges, and now, it isn't red anymore. But I have a question; even when the piercing is healed, must we take it out to clean? Or can we just use the disposable cup and saline tactic to clean it?

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      Shannon 7 years ago

      i got my belly button pierced about two weeks ago and it is red with a scab like thing is that ment to happen ?

      xx

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      Amber 7 years ago

      I got my belly button peirced about two months ago, it doesn't hurt when i pull it or anything and its pretty healed but still a little pink i have a hoop belly ring with the ball in the middle and i dont know how to get it out either do you think it's okay if i go ahead and change it?

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      brandy 7 years ago

      I just got mine done yesterday and its swelling a little around the jewelry...is that normal?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I don't think it has anything to do with the piercing. It's way too early to tell if it's getting infected.

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      Lauren  7 years ago

      hii, um i got my belly pierced yesterday evening, and this morning i went to clean it just how my piercer told me. and as i was doing i started to feel lightheaded, and i got really hot and sweaty and couldnt walk straight, so i went to lay down for a bit. Do you think that has something to do with the piercing and getting infected??

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      Miishiieee Baybiieeee 7 years ago

      hi i got my belly peirced a while ago its still red but now i just recently noticed like a bump or mark kinda around the peircing on the top and bottom it like a brown bump im worried is it infected?

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      Kimberly  7 years ago

      Hey Guys..

      I got my belly done 2 days ago..

      And it hurts to like bend over and to walk really fast and the muscles around it hurt ...

      And there is like a redness around the top of the bar..Is that normal ?

      xx

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      deelynp 7 years ago

      Hi, my piercer told me to use the antibacterial soap, and i just read what you put about not using it. Why is that so? I hope you answer this, thank you :)

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      Katie 7 years ago

      I am 13, and i wanna get ma belly button pierced but ma mum says no and i havent assked ma dad yet. But ive read loads of stories and im now scared to get iT! Does ti really hurt that bad!?

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      fran 7 years ago

      salt water is really good for cleaning belly button piercings, i do this a few times a day for mine and it seems to work well.. it didn't hurt too much having the actual piercing, the clamp was probably worse than the needle! it just feels like a sharp scratch and stings a bit after, but i thought it was less painful that having your ears pierced.

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      kari 7 years ago

      ok well i had my bellybutton pierced 10 months ago n after a month iit got really iinfected n iit got riped of easily. My question iis can ii get iit pierced again? because ii stil have the scar so idk if i shoul get it pierced or not

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      NandK 7 years ago

      is it normal for where the pierced site is to have the skin around it stick to the belly ring?

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      Sierra 7 years ago

      Karlee, ive had mine done for a little over a month now and mines the exact same way, ive been told its supposed to be like that from peole i know who have got them done. just dont take it out yet.

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      Sierra 7 years ago

      Karlee, I had mine done around a month and a half ago and mines the exact same

      after being done this long. I've been told that it's completely normal.

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      karlee 7 years ago

      I had mine pierced just over two weeks ago, and it seems fine... it doesn't hurt anymore but around both balls its still red with what looks like dry skin around it... its usually crusty in the mornings when i wake up.. sometimes the gooey lymph stuff is yellow, but i've been told thats normal and to just take vitamin e.. i do seasalt soaks once everyday (when i remember) and i wash it with non-fragrance non-colored antibacterial hand soap every day in the shower with clean hands.

      I can't wait to change the bar.. at the rate I'm going, when can I change my ring?

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      Katina93 7 years ago

      Hey Ive had my belly button ring for about 3 months now...ive recently noticed a bump at the top and the bottom and im not sure if its puss or lymph coming from it...its sore somestimes when i touch it.Im really worried that its infected can you tell me what to do because i have been using dial

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      There's no proven method to reduce scarring.

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      mckaylasauras 7 years ago

      i got mine done a little less than 5 weeks ago i changed it at 2 weeks it is great just dont change it too much or it will start to close by itself and the bar will b difficult to move and the bar will catch on a scab at the top and will start to bleed just leave the bar the same for 1 week or a few days and it should b fine. i use h2o sea salt (i bought it from peircer, spencers, and hot-topic in twin falls idaho) it works like a charm

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      Jocelyn 7 years ago

      oh yea.. and is there anything i can put on it to prevent some of the scarring? i heard lavender oil might work but im not really sure

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      jocelyn 7 years ago

      hi my name is jocelyn.. im 17 and have had my belly button pierced for about a month and a half.. is it normal if it still pus' up. its not red and it does hurt any more.

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      Beth 7 years ago

      KandaceDavis, I think its plenty of time between your piercing and being physically active. Even 2 weeks is enough time. Just be careful not to snag it. You probably will a few times during any type of day. Try not to wear too tight clothing. And make sure to clean it afterwards.

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      Beth 7 years ago

      Katelynn, That is perfectly normal. What you think is dry skin is actually dry Lymph, which is a natural part of healing. You'll probably see Lymph for a few months. So no worries. Saline soaks help prevent over-accumulation of lymph. And do not pick the lymph off it prevents bacteria and dust from entering your body. Also, while cleaning do not rotate the piercing this can also force bacteria back into your body.

      Use a shot glass fill it with saline solution. Hold it on the piercing for 1-3 minutes.

      I recommend using Wound Wash to clean the piercing. You can find it at Walgreens.

      Good luck

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      katelynn 7 years ago

      so i got my belly pierced about 2 weeks and 3 days and it is still red around where the needle went throught. then it has dry skin on top of the red spots. Is this normal

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      KandaceDavis 7 years ago

      hi whitney .

      im 15 and i want to get my belly button pierced but im kinda scared b/c i am very active and i do track and i dnt wanna snag it or mess it up . i want to get it done b4 school starts back , and i start training for track rite when school starts . so if i get it b4 july is over and school starts at the end of august will it be okay , or should i wait ?

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      Beth 7 years ago

      For those with Belly buttons piercings or want 1.

      Never clean it with alcohol!

      Use Saline or clean salt water.

      Do not take the piercing out for months. or the hole will close.

      Do not touch it unless cleaning and also wash your hands before cleaning it. Bacteria from your hands can cause it to get infected. So never touch it unless you are cleaning it!

      Wait AT LEAST a month before swimming.

      Ocean water is better for the piercing than a pool.

      Always clean it after work outs and swimming.

      Redness and white fluid (lymph)is normal.

      After months of leaving the same ring you were pierced with, if you decide to put a new ring in, do not leave a ring out for long periods of time. The hole will close.

      After hitting the piercing it will feel agitated and may get red and hurt some.

      Every body is different a piercing may not look the same as other people's.

      I have a belly button piercing and after following these key instructions it is healing just great!

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      louise 7 years ago

      im planning to get my belly button peirced and ther is judt 1 question one you have had it for a few years do you have to keep doing sea salt washes

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      shanin  7 years ago

      I had my belly button pierced last august and on 7/1/10 I had to have surgery to repair a hernia in my navel I had to remove the barbell now I cant get it to go through does this mean the hole closed?

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      Jamie 7 years ago

      I got my piercing exactly 3 weeks ago and its doing great. When you first get it you cant bend over for a couple days and it will hurt. It will be red around the top hole mostly because thats touched the most. For the first week you should use what your piercer told you to, then start doing sea salt soaks not more than twice a day for no longer than five minutes. It will look a little red but it dries up afterwards. I sware by this i have had no pain irritation or anything. Jus go in the shower and at the end turn it the slightest bit but it will usually just move a little anyway from being wet. Let it dry then later do your sea salt soak. And whatever u do DO NOT TOUCH it unless ur cleaning it. As hard as that is, it will be worth it and mine is healing so fast because i dont touch it and u do not need to turn your ring it will not get stuck because it shiuld move a little in the shower when your cleaning it.

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      help 7 years ago

      hi me and my frinds want our belly buttons pierced we are only 12 and we dont know what the age limit is for it in the uk also we are very sporty and do alot of trampolining and swimming will it get infected and does clairs accesorid pierce belly buttons ? can you choose your own rings? and how long after do you have to wait before you can change you ring? we are quite scared but we really want it done. also how do they peirce ur belly button and does it hurt. and will we get told to take it out at school espessialy if we are doing sports????

      i know theres alot of questions but there is alot to ask

      many thanks

      me and my friends

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      Laci 7 years ago

      Hello Whitney. I am 13 & had my navel pierced at the top in December of '09. i cleaned it with alchoal. & i also went in a hot tub a week after i got it done. nothing more than a month later, the piercing ripped out. it's now completly healed, with a scar. my parents said that my belly rejected it, because i was illergic. but, my mom said it was done too close to the edge, & not far enough in. what do you think the cause of it coming out was?

      & im thinking about getting it re-done soon. so, advice on care would be great.

      because i am very athletic.

      & also, how long should you wait before you change the piercing & before you can swim again?

      thank you so much

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      Addy 7 years ago

      Hey I got my belly button done December 29th, 2009 and I recently saw this red weird looking stuff that appears to be blood but it made a hole in my actual belly button and it looks like my umbilical chord is coming out, but Im not sure what to do. Is it suppose to have that come out or do I need to take it out awhile and clean it.

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      Kailee 7 years ago

      I have had my bellybutton pierced for one month and two weeks, I have noticed I have clear liquid and green pus that looks like bugers (lol) coming out of it. Since I got it pierced, it has ALWAYS been red around the top screw on bead.

      Thank you! :D

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      Gina 7 years ago

      I had my top belly pierced in Sep 2008, but i removed the jewelry about a month & half ago in May 11! and i'm trying to put the jewelry back now but i couldn't :( do you think it's closed now?! what should i do :(

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      benjiejet 7 years ago

      im 13 and i really want my belly button pierced, but i don't know if i can if i haven't got a complete flat stomach? also, how much does it hurt on a scale of 1 to 10?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wasn't too mature to sneak behind your mom's back to get the piercing.

      If the piercing isn't healed, I wouldn't recommend removing the jewelry for any amount of time.

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      sam 7 years ago

      i'm hiding my belly piercing from my mom but since it's the summer i'm afraid shes going to find out. if i take it out for like 30 mins will it close up?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      No, it's not safe to go swimming just a few weeks after getting a piercing.

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      roisin o neill 7 years ago

      hi i'm 15 and gettin my belly button done tomorrow i'm quite afraid i dont work well with needles,is it really sore getting it done? and second quetion i'm going on holidays in 2 weeks so will i be okay to go swimming?

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      Katie 7 years ago

      I got my belly button pierced by a professional 10 days ago. I've been cleaning it once every day with antibacterial hand soap, unscented, and sea salt soaks but it's really red around the top and bottom balls. It's not sore, and theres no pus or strange smell, but I've been wondering if it's infected. Any advice?

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      Ashely 7 years ago

      Im fifteen and will be getting the sides of my belly done soon, I am done growing and this isn't my first piercing. My other three are successful, and I'm very good with the cleaning process, should I be alright?

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      Amber 7 years ago

      Okay thanks so much for your help

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Since you've snagged it, the piercing has been irritated, so the puffiness is normal.

      Saline or diluted sea salt