Your belly button should be cleaned just like all the other parts of the body; otherwise, the area can develop gnarly smells and infections, often paired with red, itchy, and scabby skin—especially if you have a navel piercing.
Hereof, when can I stop cleaning my belly piercing?
When Can I Stop Cleaning My Piercing? After about a month of cleaning your new belly button piercing at least two-to-four times a day, you can stop doing it if things seem to be going well. If you’ve had complications, you may want to keep doing it for another week or two.
Regarding this, do belly button piercings heal from the inside out?
Belly Piercing Healing Time
The key is to distinguish between discomfort and actual infection.” In other words, a navel piercing may look healed after three to six weeks, but it can take 6 months to a year to fully heal, no matter how good it looks on the outside.
Is it bad to put your finger in your belly button?
If you put your finger in your bellybutton, you are stimulating the nerves that trigger your spine to tell urethra and bladder it is time “GO”. While it may not be exciting news, you can now ask your friends to do the same and see them run to the potty and have a nice giggle…all in the name of medical science.
This is because bacteria break down the sweat and create a waste product that has a strong odor. If the belly button has trapped dead skin and sweat, it is likely to smell sweaty. A fungal infection is also likely to smell bad, especially if there is pus around the area.
Yes, vaseline and petroleum jelly products are meant to protect the skin. No, you should not use it on your piercing.
If you don’t clean your bellybutton, a number of problems could occur. These can include: Yeast infection. Most bellybuttons are a breeding ground for bacteria since they‘re a dark, moist area where skin often rests against skin.
If symptoms, such as pain, steadily improve, the piercing is probably healing normally. If a person suddenly experiences new symptoms, especially after a period of few or no symptoms, this can signal an infection.
As long as you can’t see the bar through your skin and it doesn’t seem to have moved it’s probably ok. Not necessarily. It would be easier to judge if you posted a picture. I can feel the bar though my skin if I pinch it a little, and everyone’s anatomy is different.
Symptoms of piercing rejection
- The jewelry has noticeably moved from its original place.
- The amount of tissue between the entrance and exit holes gets thinner (there should be at least a quarter inch of tissue between holes).
- The entrance and exit holes increase in size.
- The jewelry starts to hang or droop differently.
If your belly button is “leaking” clear or colored discharge or blood, you may have a bacterial, fungal, or yeast infection. Crusty skin, strong odor, itching, and redness are also signs of infection. If discharge and crust stick around after you wash your belly button, you should see your doctor.
Don’t Take the Piercing Out
Unless the piercing is causing you significant discomfort, you should not take it out before sleeping. The first four days of the piercing is for your body to adapt to the piercing. You should leave it there for a while until the body adapts to the material.
Sleep on your back and sides for the first few weeks after your piercing. This helps to ensure that you don’t apply uncomfortable pressure on your piercing by sleeping on your stomach, while it’s still new and sensitive.