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Extra care must be taken when cleaning your Navel to prevent infections.
Navels take a long time to heal because the navel is on your waist, which is the hinge of your body, it is subject to a lot of movement; clothes constantly rub and irritate the piercing.
- It usually takes 3-4 months to heal, but in some cases it can take up to 12 months to heal.
- DO use B-vitamins with a Zinc supplement as these promote healing. Piercings tend to reflect your general health if you are tired and run down healing is a lot slower
- Don't be alarmed, the only difference between a healed and unhealed navel is a very small amount of redness just around the area where the ring pierces the body, and it's hardly visible.
The healing time depends on a variety of factors: health, weight, diet, clothes, profession, and most importantly, how well you care for your piercing.
I find piercings reflect your general health so if you are run down they take longer to heal.
The first 4-5 days the navel will look fine, then you will see a very small amount of redness where the ring pierces the body.
This redness usually goes to a dark red then purple then back to normal over a period of a few weeks.
The crusting around the ring is just dead white blood cells from the healing process.
The piercing will discharge small amounts of milky fluid, this is not a sign of infection it’s just the result of the body trying to heal a wound with a foreign object in it.
If the discharge becomes thick and yellow, or if there is any pain or excessive redness, then this is a sign of possible infection, you should either come back to talk to me, or see a doctor.
There are several options available to keep the navel piercing if you become pregnant.
- You can usually keep the original ring in the piercing till about the sixth month of the pregnancy, at this stage the expansion of the skin means that you will have to either take the ring out, replace it with a larger one or a piece of PTFE. PTFE or bioflex will keep the piercing open till after the pregnancy when you may replace the jewellery.
DO'S & DON'TS TO HEAL YOUR NAVEL PIERCING
· Wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching the piercing
the less you touch your piercing the better
- DO use a mild antibacterial soap (like Protex or Dettol), in the shower (once a day only!). Cup your hand under the piercing and soak it for 1-2 minutes.
- Make sure all your shampoos, soaps, moisturisers and tanning oils are washed thoroughly from your piercing.
- DO dissolve half a teaspoon of sea-salt or table salt in a quarter of a cup of boiling water. Let this cool a little, then place in a clean glass or medicine cup and lie down with it upturned on your navel for 10-15 minutes, once or twice a day. You can also use Saline solution (available at any chemist).
Rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughly with a clean tissue afterwards. This process is the best way to promote healing, and the more you do it the quicker your piercing will heal.
- We recommend the studex solution to clean your piercing with morning and night
DO make sure when washing to remove all the crusting, if it's not cleaned off properly it can concrete around the ring and tear the inside of the wound when the ring moves, this is painful and can lead to infection. Secondly, if its not removed, bacteria can feed on it and infect the wound.
- DO make sure that you dry your navel thoroughly after cleaning; this should be done with a paper tissue as towels can harbour bacteria. If you have a very deep navel, you should clean it every day using a clean cotton wool bud soaked in warm water, taking extra care to remove any dirt, and dry it properly afterwards.
- Avoid spas, baths and public pools for the first 2 to 4 weeks
- DO use the cleaning solution after going swimming in the ocean or rivers, fresh salt water is good for your piercing
NO swimming in a public pool or spa pool for at least 2 weeks after your piercing.
Baths are not recommended for a month following a piercing.
- DO make sure that you wash the piercing carefully after exercising or sweating, as sweat acts like acid and can cause the wound to become aggravated.
- DO give the piercing some sunshine as it helps the body produce Vitamin D, which promotes healing. It also helps to dry the wound and minimise infections.
- DON'T pull your belly up to look at the piercing, as this will aggravate the wound. It's there for other people to see. If you want to see it, look in the mirror.
- DON'T turn the ring in the piercing for the first 3-4 weeks, move it very gently and only enough to remove the crusting, after that you can turn it enough for cleaning. Moving the ring constantly aggravates the wound and delays healing.
- DON'T use Methylated Spirits, or alcohol on the piercing as they are very astringent and can damage the wound.
- DON'T use Hydrogen peroxide because it will destroy the cells that form scar tissue, don’t use creams or ointments as they keep the wound moist and hamper the healing process, and make the piercing boggy which often leads to infection and rejection.
- DON'T wear tight clothes such as pantyhose, tight jeans or skirts (during the healing phase) because they can cause the piercing to grow out, which means that the piece of flesh taken by the piercing gradually diminishes until the ring finally comes out; after the piercing is healed you may wear anything you like.
- Try to avoid synthetic fabrics that don't let the wound breath, try to wear clothes that give the piercing as much fresh air as possible.
- Don't keep your piercing covered with a band aid, this tends to lead to infection and can turn the jewellery side wards in your piercing making it heal at an angle
- DON'T remove the ring during the healing phase because you will lose the piercing. Wait at least 6weeks before you change your jewellery.
- Don't replace the jewellery with a sleeper because the sharp hinges can tear the inside of the wound resulting in infection, and it increases the chance of the piercing growing out. Jewellery worn in your belly button must be no smaller than 14g to avoid tearing.
- Sterling Silver bars or rings should never be worn in a belly piercing, it is ok to have silver dangles off the bar
- Once a day after you have washed your hands do check your jewellery, the balls often come loose especially after exercise. The balls are tightened in a clockwise turn
- A handy hint when changing your jewellery lubricate it with some water based lubricant this enables the jewellery to slide through easily.
- Be fussy with your jewellery choices, a lot of cheaper body jewellery has lots of nickel and lead it which can leach into your body causing nasty reactions that are often mistaken for infections
- If you are worried or need reassurance go and see your piercer rather than asking your friends
Removing piercings for Surgery, scans/x-rays
You are often requested to do this and depending on the age of your piercing this can lead to the piercing closing up.
Use bioflex or PTFE with plastic balls, they not only keep your piercing open but the are safe to scan etc
Bioflex is safe for operations as well.