On advice of mw, I changed my normal ring I've had for 10 years to a flexible plastic one about a week ago since then its gone red swollen and pus coming out :'( im just over 28 weeks pregnant.
How has this happened now 10 years after the piercing I dont mind if I have to remove it but how should I treat it and should I leave it in until the infection is cleared?? or take it out. And will the infection hurt the baby? I just dont know what to do for best I will ring my GP Monday morning but I want to treat it at home this weekend if possible.
Get a camomile tea bag.... Put it in boiled water like your going to make a cup of camomile tea. Wait for it too cool slightly then take the tea bag out. Place it on the piercing until it goes cold then remove. Do it twice a day for a few weeks.
This should reduce any inflammation your having a settle the problem.
Even with plastic it might stay inflammed to be honest as your skin is still going to be tight which is what is causing the problem. xxx
If the infection is bad, try something like hydrogen peroxide, it will kill the infection within a matter of days. You just need to be careful of drying the skin out too much if you go down that path though.
I had this same problem. Had my piercing for 5 years and switched to a plastic maternity bar. It got infected red and puss coming out. I just used alcohol on it twice a day and it cleared up in a few days. It didn't dry it out too much. But the bad part was it would clear up then get infected again because my belly kept stretching and stretching. I eventually took it out hoping it wouldn't close up but with as uncomfortable as I was anyway with pelvic pain and such I said screw it if I have to pierce it again afterwards I will.
the puss you are seeing is not actuall puss from an infection it is just cloudy secreation. the belly buttons way of lubrication the area. camomile teas bag is a greta suggestion also salt water but sea salt not table salt and tea tree oil if it gets really bad. Mine did this and i just took it out and the hole is still there!
I had the exact ame problem and in the end I took mine out as it became so sore where the skin was being stretched. Even though it was a maternity bar I think my body would have rejected it anyway as the piece of skin covering the bar became thinner and thinner as my stomach got bigger.
I have had my piercing for like 10 years and took it out a few months ago (I am currently 38 weeks), and I was messing with the hole the other night and this foul smelling stuff came out, it didn't get irritated or red until after I was messing with it. I cleaned it thoroughly and put jewelry back in to make sure it stays open so it can drain. It seems like the only things that have worked are a hot compress 2-3 times per day, followed by soak with warm saline, and then an application of antibiotic ointment. I tried tea tree oil and it made it much worse actually, so I wouldn't recommend using it. We'll see how it goes...
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