Ear & Body Piercing/Belly Piercing

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belly piercing
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Belly Piercing
Belly Piercing  
QUESTION: Is my belly piercing infected?  I have very very tiny small itchy bumps around it and it bugs the crap out of me. I also have a bump around the top hole & it's red & I just really don't know what it is!  About 3 or 4 days ago it was the same color as my skin & a little smaller , I thought it was a keloid forming but not it just looks disgusting,  I don't even let it show anymore,  and it hangs to the side, it's not straight I don't know what size ring to get, when I first got the piercing July 4 2013 it was straight but like a few days later it would lean. But I just really want to know is this serious enough that I need to take it out? I don't want it to get any worse!

ANSWER: Hi Sasha,
It appears from the placement that this piercing was done with jewelry that is too long, and has ends that are too large. Where are you located? I can refer you to a qualified colleague nearby for a consultation and perhaps they will be able to just upgrade you to better quality, better fitting jewelry. http://care.piercing.org/ should help in the meantime.

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QUESTION: I'm located in Raeford North Carolina,  close to Fayetteville North Carolina.

Answer
My closest qualified colleagues are either at:

Warlocks Tattoo, Inc.
5535 Western Blvd. Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27606
http://www.warlocks-tattoo.com/
Phone: 919-233-9253
Members: Byron Wallace, Adam Richins, Mark Thomas

or

Immaculate Body Piercing
2009 Greene St. Ste. 116
Columbia, SC 29205-1697
http://www.immaculatepiercing.com/
Phone: 803-799-2877
Members: Sarah Wooten, Anna York

If you plan on traveling, you can use my map of the Association of Professional Piercers network at http://find.safepiercing.org/

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Brian Skellie

Expertise

I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.

Experience

Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), http://brnskll.com/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/

Organizations
Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

Publications
The Point Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing

Education/Credentials
I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

Awards and Honors
APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

Past/Present Clients
Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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