Navel Piercing Treatment
Nowadays, navel piercing is more and more popular.
This type of piercing is like a decoration, a way of
self-expression, a trend... After you get the piercing, there are
certain things that you should do to properly care for it.
After receiving a navel piercing, you must clean the jewelry, the piercing and the skin surrounding the piercing on a daily basis. The care for your belly button piercing does not end after the six month to one year healing period, the piercing and jewelry needs to be cleaned for a lifetime to avoid irritation or infection.
Here are some tips - how to heal your navel piercing:
After you get your navel pierced, you should be extremely careful and do your best in cleaning the pierced area.
This means, before you touch the piercing, you should always clean your hands with hot water. The best way to protect
yourself from infection is to use an antibacterial soap. So before touching the pierced area make sure your hands are clean.
During the showering time - Allow the water from the shower to run onto your stomach, moistening your navel piercing and stomach.
Never use a washcloth or loofah while cleaning your navel piercing. Loofahs and washcloths can harbor bacteria from hanging in the shower and may rip or tear your piercing if the jewelry catches on a loop of the cloth or loofah.
Wash the inside of your navel and the two piercing holes. Rinse your jewelry and the piercing by allowing the water to flow onto your stomach until all the soap is gone from your piercing and jewelry. Pat your piercing and stomach dry with a disposable paper towel.
Ask your piercer about saline or sea salt soaks if your navel piercing is irritated during the healing process. Avoid harsh products, such as alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, as cleaning agents for your navel piercing will lessen the risk of a longer healing period.
During the healing phase - Avoid sports, especially sports that involve physical contact, to best care for your navel piercing. A navel piercing is extremely sensitive and even the smallest amount of abrasion or chafing may cause it to heal incorrectly or could even cause infection. You should sit out any sporting events or regular exercise routines for at least 2 weeks following your navel piercing procedure.
Be careful while sleeping - try to sleep in a position that puts pressure on your navel piercing and try to sleep with your head propped up above the level of your heart to promote circulation and prevent swelling of the pierced area. Sleeping on top of the piercing with your stomach to the bed may cause irritation and interrupt the healing process.
Wear clothes that are loose fitting. Tight clothes will rub against the piercing and irritate the area.
Prevent contact of bodily fluids with your navel piercing while it is healing. This includes saliva, sweat and semen, all of which may irritate the piercing wound.
One of the most dangerous aspects of belly button piercing is the condition of the equipment and the setting in which the piercing is done. Do not attempt to pierce your own navel or have an amateur friend do it. Skin infections and bleeding are common even with professional piercings, More serious problems can arise, such as nerve damage, severe allergic reactions, and dangerous infections such as hepatitis, HIV and tetanus. Make sure the piercer's hands are washed and gloved, and that the equipment is sterile.