The navel is a depressed scar that tends to collect dirt, and if not dried properly after bathing can become subject to fungal infections i.e. Candida Albicans (Thrush) even if it is not pierced. Once its pierced extra care must be taken with cleaning to prevent infections. One can’t stress enough how it must be looked after carefully!
Navels take a long time to heal because the navel is on your waist, which is like the hinge of your body. The navel area is subject to a lot of movement and your clothes constantly rub and irritate the piercing. It usually takes 3 – 4 months to heal, but it can take up to 12 months for some. The only difference between a healed and unhealed navel is a very small amount of redness just around the area where the ring pierces the body and it’s hardly visible. The healing time depends on a variety of factors: health, weight, diet, clothes, profession, and most importantly how carefully you care for it.
If you’re worried about having difficulty getting the piercing to heal then you should consider getting pierced with a barbell like style. They get knocked around less than rings and therefore heal a lot easier. You are also able to change them yourself, whereas you need pliers to change rings and this is difficult to do by yourself. MyBellyRing.Com’s rings can be changed without the use of pliers.
The first 4-5 days your navel will look fine, then you will start to get a very small amount of redness where the ring pierces the body. Next you will start to get crusting around the ring. This is just dead white blood cells from the healing process. The piercing will discharge small amounts of milky fluid. This is not a sign of infection, it’s just the result of your body trying o heal a wound with a foreign object in it. If the discharge becomes thick and yellow, or you develop any pain or excessive redness, this is a sign of possible infection. See your piercer or doctor right away.
After 6 – 8 weeks the discharge and crusting should lessen and there should only be a small amount of redness around the piercing. The piercing is not fully healed until all redness disappears. If you stop cleaning it before it is fully healed you may develop an infection. Some good word of advice: Never assume it is ever fully healed. It is always best to regularly clean your piercing.
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