WARNING: The video above is very graphic. We do not suggest that such an infection should be treated at home. You should seek a physician if you have an infection this far along.
While we do not recommend doing this procedure, which should probably be done by a doctor (especially if you’re pregnant), it’s important to note that the woman in the video had let her piercing close for years when it became infected.
Basically, you need to be very careful with taking care of belly piercings, even if you take out the ring and allow it to close up. You should always clean the site of the piercing, whether you have jewelry in there or not.
It takes on average 6-12 months for a fresh piercing to heal, and this time frame is when the belly button is most prone to infections. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t get an infection well after that 12-month mark. Just watch and listen to the woman in the video as proof of that fact.
Tips for Cleaning a Belly Piercing
- Always make sure your hands are thoroughly washed when cleaning a piercing.
- Do not use ointments like Bacitracin.
- Do perform salt soaks once every week or more if the area is prone to infection and irritation: Use 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt or table salt dissolved in 8 oz of warm water in a shot glass or small glass and hold over the belly button while lying on the back.
- Clean the piercing and surrounding skin twice a day, daily, with anti-bacterial soap or mild antiseptic products such as benzalkonium chloride.
- Rotate the jewelry while the area is wet while you’re cleaning it.
- Remove any dried matter in the area.
If the area is seriously infected and swollen with pus, it’s best to let a physician take matters into his/her hands. Do not do what this woman does in the video at home–please.