How to clean a belly button piercing?

How to clean a belly button piercing? Topic: How to clean a belly button piercing?
June 16, 2019 / By Ireland
Question: I got my belly button pierced yesterday. It is starting to hurt today and it is red around the piercing. I have been taking pain medication for the pain and putting ice on my piercing. What should I do to clean it? How long will it take to heal? When can I can it?
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Elenora Elenora | 2 days ago
Sea salt soaks twice a day for 5-10 minutes each soak with 1/4th of a teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt to 8oz of hot water. Never alcohol or peroxide. Pour some into a clean shot glass, bend over, hold the glass tightly under your stomach with the piercing in the middle, then lean back and it will form a suction to soak it properly. Navel piercings take 6-12 months to heal. You should never change an unhealed piercing.
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Elenora Originally Answered: What should i use to clean my cartilage piercing?
OK so many people don't have sea salt lying around. And i know personally if i got some i wouldn't want to mix it every single time. H2ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray is all natural and made with sea salt. so you don't have to mix any sea salt yourself. Use it 3-6 times daily. I love it... i happen to use it and of course i would reccomend it. You can find it at hot topic, the h2ocean webite, amazon, piercing studios,etc. I found some other help tips on the APP website that i thought you should see. CLEANING SOLUTIONS Use one or both of the following solutions for healing piercings: Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label), or a non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong can irritate your piercing. A mild, fragrance-free liquid soap—preferably anti-microbial or germicidal. (Consult your piercer, the APP website, or call (888) 888-1APP for current suggested products.) CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR BODY PIERCINGS WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason. SALINE soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue. SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds, then rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing. DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury. WHAT IS NORMAL? Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising. During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals. Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as a part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate. A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because they heal from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the tissue remains fragile on the inside. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period. Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave it empty. WHAT TO DO Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, it is not necessary to rotate your jewelry. Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body. Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping. Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out. WHAT TO AVOID Avoid cleaning with Betadine®, Hibiclens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other harsh soaps, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation. Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) and Benzethonium Chloride (BZT). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care. Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing. Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications. Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others' bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing. Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygenic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as Tegaderm™). These are available at most drugstores. Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics

Cherokee Cherokee
You really don't need to take pain medication. What I don't understand is why your piercer didn't give you instructions. Go to your local pharmacy and pick up a scent free, moisturizer free soap. While most soaps do have some sort of moisturizer/scent, do your best. I find that Softsoap aquamarine series is the closest. If your pharmacy has SebaMed (ask an employee), that's even better. Wash it twice a day for the first week or so, and then once the swelling/pain subsides, continue to wash it once a day in the shower. To speed up the healing process, get yourself some non-iodized sea salt (NOT table salt) and create yourself a little rinse using 1/4 tsp of salt and 8 oz warm water. put some of the mixture in a little shotglass, and hold the shotglass with the opening against your piercing, allowing the salt water to soak the piercing. The more you do this, the faster and more comfortable your piercing will heal. I'd say you can change the jewelry in about 6 weeks if everything goes well. However, it's important to note that even when piercings FEEL like theyre totally healed, they are usually NOT. Continue to wash your piercing in the shower every day for AT LEAST 3 months, even if it feels 100% fine. People tend to abandon care after a few weeks because they think the piercing healed so fast, and thats usually when infection sets in. Do NOT use: rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic creams including bacitracin, moisturizers, etc. Don't play with it, and don't touch it without washing your hands. Follow these instructions and you should heal just fine.
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Ashlyn Ashlyn
H2ocean piercing spray or sea salt water soaks 10 min. 2 times a day and move the jewlery to clean your bar with a q tip, never use alcohol or peroxide. Ppl that do that are dumb as fuuuuuuck.
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Zidkijah Zidkijah
Sea salt soaks! 1/4 tsp. of sea salt into 8 oz (1 cup) of warm water. Hold over your belly button. Soak it for 5-10 mins 2x a day. You can change it when it is healed.
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Sloane Sloane
get some sea salt and pour it with water and then just grab a cup and put it on your stomach for lor like 10-15mins
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Sloane Originally Answered: Got belly button pierced, wanna lose weight ?
It depends on how much weight you lose, and how much of that weight comes from your abdominal area. Usually weigh gain is what causes issues with navel piercings, weight loss usually does not affect it, and if it does, it's often beneficial. The placement may look different if you lose an insane amount of weight, but other than that there shouldn't been any changes in appearance. When there is less fat in an area, there tends to be better blood flow which means that the piercing will heal quicker, and it will have a better chance of fighting off infection. If you do notice that it is migrating or having more issues than you anticipated, go back to your piercer for advice. Also, if you plan on working out a lot, make sure you upgrade your hygiene ritual. Make sure to clean it out and soak it in a saline solution after you sweat. You may also want to put a waterproof bandaid over it while you're exercising to make sure it doesn't get caught on anything or get too soaked in sweat.

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