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07-28-2005 10:26 PM
VeggieFaery I'm with Starblossom;I wouldn't focus so much on turning.Just clean it with the saltwater a lot along with antibacterial soap in the shower,otherwise don't mess with it.Whatever nypu do don't use a&d ointment.I've heard a lot of piercers tell people to use that.Great for tattoos bad for piercings.
07-28-2005 09:27 PM
Chrysalis When I had my bellybutton pierced (barbell), I was not told to turn it. In fact I wasn't supposed to touch it unless I was cleaning it. It's healed quite nicely. I had to do sea-salt soaks twice a day. I believe it's one tablespoon of sea salt to one cup of filtered water, then put a bit of the mixture in a little cup that you hold over your bellybutton for about 5 minutes. Then wipe off any pus/blood with a Q-tip. Don't use the same tip for each side of the piercing or you could spread infection. I was given this cream, I think it was called mecca. After the saltwater soaks, I would put a bit of the cream on each side of the piercing. I had to do it for 3 months.

you could do it that way, or you could always just call the guy who pierced you and ask him.
07-28-2005 10:26 AM
mommyof1 When I got my belly button pierced, I'd put some anti bactereal soap in a cup and mix with water, then put the cup over my belly button and shake it. Then I'd rinse a few times the same way, just with clean water, and finish it off with pain relieving neosporin. (vegans prolly can't use it) If you do it, just be careful what shirt you wear, 'cuz theneosporin will leave a greasy spot that won't wash out.
07-28-2005 07:42 AM
VeggieBiker It felt sorta painful when I turned mine but not awfully so. Did you get a barbell or a ring? If you got a ring, make sure that you wet the whole thing with Bactine (or whatevery you're using) and rotate the ring so that you get some of the disinfectant on the inside; that worked perfectly for me. Barbells are harder to take care of in the early stages since they're harder to clean, if you have one try to make sure you get the disinfectant on as much of the bar as you can when you clean it.

Another tip: Wear pants/shorts/skirts well clear of your naval while it heals. The rubbing of fabric and the occasional catching of the ring on my waist band slowed down my healing and hurt A LOT!
07-28-2005 07:31 AM
Originally Posted by PortableKitten View Post

How about a nose piercing? I want to get mine done, and have had for years but am a bit timid.

Nose piercings really aren't bad and are quite easy to heal. I got mine done last march and it hasn't been a problem. Make sure you're pierced with a nose screw, not a bone (the ones with the little bump on the bottom to hold it in) and not an earring as both of those can mess up your piercing. Use the sea salt soaks 2 times a day to keep it clean for around 2 months and you should be good to go.
07-28-2005 07:28 AM
thebelovedtree Right now I'm of the opinion that sea salt soaks and chamomile tea bags are the best things to use on a piercing. I used bactine on my belly button when I got it done (a million years ago) and had no problems but I know lots of people who had major problems with it that caused them to lose their piercings.

Sea salt soaks like mentioned above (use warm water) and chamomile tea bags soaked in warm water if the swelling won't go down.

Any good piercer should give you written instructions on how to care for your piercing, something to think about for your next one.
07-27-2005 09:42 PM
ADizzyGirl I do two sea salt soaks a day, same proportion as katt said, and other than that just leave it alone. Anti-bacterial soap works ok for some people, but a lot of the time it's just too strong and delays healing as it kills off the good stuff with the bad. No Bactine - it even says on the bottle, not for use on puncture wounds, which is exactly what a fresh piercing is. Some piercers tell you to rotate the ring, but don't do it unless it moves easily because you'll just damage the tissue and it'll take longer to heal.

ETA: When I do feel the need to use soap, Dr Bronner's liquid castile soap is good. Fairly cheap, vegan, and very gentle.
07-27-2005 04:31 PM
CallMeHungry Is it supposed to hurt when I turn it...It hurts so bad right now that when I turn it I only do it 2 times each way.
07-27-2005 04:27 PM
GhostUser How about a nose piercing? I want to get mine done, and have had for years but am a bit timid.
07-27-2005 04:17 PM
ltlghiagrl i washed mine like twice a day w/ antibacterial soap and while it was soapy i spun it back and forth so the soap could get all over everything and then rinsed the same way.

my tongue ring hurt way less than my belly button ring, and the dang belly button ring was crooked. how pathetically lame! pfft.
07-27-2005 03:42 PM
Scorpius Resist the urge to constantly touch it/play with it as it heals and as long as you have it. I swear, that is the number one reason people I know's belly button rings get infected!! Hands are DIRTY!!!
07-27-2005 03:31 PM
katt When my friend pierced my ears, I used sea salt soaks (NOT table salt) (1/4 teaspoon per 8 ounces of warm water) once or twice a day for a while. Try to leave the piercing alone, and wash your hands before touching it. I'd suggest calling your piercer, because their instructions would be the best to follow.
07-27-2005 03:24 PM
BabyDoll Wash it twice a day with an anti-bacterial soap and apply bactine or something similar after you wash it.He really should have give you directionsm,it's a piercers responsibility.I say call him,I don't know what the spray could be.
07-27-2005 03:19 PM
CallMeHungry I got my first piercing belly button...I was so stunned that I had done it that I didn't hear what the guy told me to do to take care of it . Now I need help. Can you tell me how I am supposed to keep this clean? He gave me a spray but I don't know when to use it.

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