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What to do if your bellie piercing turns red?

Updated on December 12, 2012

Body piercing: belly piercing: if redness occurs

Earlier today (actually it was yesterday morning) some one wrote me, reporting redness of a belly piercing, after two days. My computer crashed and I lost contact with the person seeking advice.

When one receives a belly piercing, one actually creates a wound that has to heal just as any other wound has to heal, whether it occurs on purpose or accidently has to have time to heal. Doctors know that "inflammation and repair," which is part of the healing process, has to occur, so that the body piercing wound heals properly. Sometimes, however, the healing process does not proceed well, as Nature would have it, and an infection occurs.

The redness, after two days of healing, may just be a continuation of the normal healing process or it could be an infection. If my computer had not of crashed I would have told the person seeking help that he or she should seek out a clinician (a qualified health care provider), to get proper care for what may be an impending serious infection. One need to take care of these kind of problems in a timely manner to get good results. If one has a wound such as this that is erythematous (red), edematous (swelling), and/or producing an exodate (pus), this is a problem.

My prayer is that the person who is having these difficulties find my Hub so that he or she can make the correct decision to go in to the doctor for help, if they have not already done so. When I decided to write Hubs it was not my intentions to use my Hubs as a mechanism to practice medicine or to give medical advice. My father used to tell me, "Physicians are born, not made, once a physician, always a physician." In a sense, maybe he was right. "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4), The King James Version.


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      Maren;'! 5 years ago

      That helped a hell of a lot.

      my belly peircing went red after a week of it being periced, so you have helped me out heaps x

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      Dr Freddie Haddox 6 years ago from a Franklin, Tennessee native, who travels globally.

      For Matt in Jax:

      Thank you for wishing me the best with my computer. I am holding my breath, hoping that it is fixed enough (by professionals)to allow me to rest, reassured that my work will not be interrupted.

      By the way, thank you for your concern for what appears to be an infection. I feel the same way you do about this issue. Take care. Dr. Haddox

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      Matt in Jax 6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      Here's to hoping that they find someone because that could definitely be an infection. Good luck with the computer issue.