I REALLY want to get my bellybutton pierced, but I'm just afraid of getting an infection. I have a lot of friends who said that if you take good care of it, it won't get infected and others have said that theirs have gotten infected.
Have any of you had anyone come in to the hospital because of an infected body piercing? Or do any of you have anything pierced??
I really want this done, but I just need to hear more better stories than bad!!
Nov 14, '02
Of course you would want to always use ONLY a sterile technique, regardless of where the piercing is. You need to do BID care until the wound is completely healed up, and using a ring rather than a post makes this much easier and more thorough. Then after it has healed, you can use posts, barbells, rings, etc. (And for those thinking of tongue piercings, do yourself a favor and don't put in the posts with metal balls--only with resin balls. Save your poor teeth from chipping.)
For the same reason, your friends should not lick or play with the area, nor should you wear tight clothing or headbands, etc. over the area until it is completely healed. A reputable piercer will provide the antibiotic gel/cream along with any piercing, and clear instructions for its use.
As a general rule, the better the blood supply in the pierced area, the less likely a subsequent infection. That's why tops of ears and belly button piercings are more likely to have this problem than tongues, noses, or earlobes.
Have a chat with a couple of local piercers, don't get one until you are absolutely ready to do so, and use a piercer that you have some kind of affinity with.
(Believe it or not, a friend of mine did his OWN Prince Albert in his kitchen! Not my cup of tea, for sure, but he knew enough to keep it from getting infected.)
Rusty--almost every piercing business will do any area, so long as you are at least 18 years old and have the $$$.
Last edit by sjoe on Nov 14, '02