Ear & Body Piercing/Navel piercing


hi, i got my belly button pierced with a barbell on the 15th of december. The first three days I cleaned it with alcohol swabs (gentle ones, safe to use. I asked my piercer) twice a day and from the fourth day onwards i started doing sea salt soaks 1-2 times daily. I had no pain, swelling or redness even when i newly got it pierced. Three days ago I accidentally got hit on my piercing and since then, its become red around the puncture wounds and slightly painful. I went to my piercer the day after i got hit and she said it was fine. I however cant go back to get it checked anytime soon as I am traveling. Today, while cleaning it with a cotton swab which is what i do after the sea salt soak, i noticed a very tiny bit of yellowish white discharge, almost jelly like. Is it an infection? and if it is, how can i treat it? Also, i'm slightly worried about rejection. What are the rejection rates for navel piercings and how can i either prevent and identify rejection.
Thank you!

Hi Mishaal,
Check http://care.safepiercing.org for gentls care instructions that will answer your questions.

Jewelry quality and placement influence rejection almost as much as you life conditions and aftercare. The variables are such that exact rates are implausible to calculate. A properly placed navel piercing with safe jewelry, through the right anatomy, with gentle care and aseptic protection should do well.

Heat, pain, swelling, redness and or discolored discharge are the most common signs of infection.

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Brian Skellie


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.


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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.

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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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