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    Default Infected belly button piercing? or No

    Hey,

    I got my belly button pierced over a year ago and never any problems with it until now. This bump appeared last week and it was just a red soft bump at first with a little puss, I though it would go away but it hasn't and now it looks like a scab and its gotten hard. I'm not sure what this is does anyone know??? Thanks I can't post pictures.

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    That sounds like what happened to mine for a little while. Which hole was it on? Mine was on the bottom hole.

    You may have just knocked or irritated it. It happened to me when I went to the gym a lot and it kept getting irritated and sweaty.

    If it's started to scab a little it's probably healing itself. As long as it's not inflamed, itching, oozing or pussing I wouldn't worry too much. Baby it for a little while and maybe try camomile soaks and see if it settles down.

    If it gets worse, or there is no improvement in a couple of weeks max, go and see your piercer.
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    go and see your piercer.
    Nope... your doctor, your piercer cant do anything for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spike View Post
    Nope... your doctor, your piercer cant do anything for it.
    I've seen doctors before about piercings with bumps and lumps and the response is almost always "here's some antibiotics - take these", when the problem is certainly not an infection. Overuse of antibiotics is not only NOT a solution, it is a serious problem in its own right. I suggested going to the piercer because they will invariably have seen more piercing problems than any Gp or walk in centre nurse and can give you a better idea of what is wrong. If it looks infected, then any decent piercer will recommend you see a doctor. There's no point going to see a doctor over a bump which with good home treatment will self heal - and this very much sounds like a typical bump.
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    Yes but the "typical bump" can be several different things and is fairly often a type of infection, they just don’t show the typical symptoms. Some do not just self heal, all your piercer can do is tell you exactly what things you can try – the same information that is available from sites like this. If it hasn’t cleared up after a few weeks it should really be looked at and a cause of fucidin can usually clear it up. The longer they are there for the harder they are to shift.
    Granted a piercer can check jewellery is appropriately fitted and the correct jewellery for the piercing etc but that’s about it.
    I would certainly agree to try and fix it yourself on first signs of a bump but any longer than a few weeks with no improvement – you usually need something a little stronger than some salty water and a chamomile tea bag.
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    I think it really depends on how piercing savvy your doctor is.
    Now:
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    Seek professional help

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