I had my navel pierced about 8/9 weeks ago and on the aftercare sheet it told me to use Hydrogen peroxide 6%. I used it for the first 6 weeks as it said, but after that it still hadn't healed and since there was advice around that Hydrogen peroxide was not good stuff for it [even though I checked with the pharmacist and he said he Hydrogen Peroxide was fine, and he didn't understand why it hadn't healed].
So the last couple of weeks I have used nothing on it. I had run out of the Hydrogen peroxide anyway. Thinking maybe my body just needs to man up and deal. I realize Hydrogen Peroxide kills all bugs, good and bad so I hoped it would sort itself out.
Anyway, granted today I knocked it on the washing basket and it was ouchie, but this evening it felt swollen and hard and so I took it out and had a naughty squeeze.. loads of pus and blood literally squirted out the bottom hole, right up my arm to my elbow
I never really thought I should make a GP appointment cos this is a bit, well, self inflicted. But if it actually is infected I will have to. It is tender now, it wasn't before, but it keeps looking like its healing, then getting worse and not healing.
My partner keeps saying I will have to take it out, but I am not taking it out unless I absolutely have to, it cost me £20 and I like it!
I am going to go back to the piercing guy tomorrow morning, but wanted some advice from people who know a bit more about wound healing, than just the piercing part.
Also, should I see the GP? I asked the pharmacist but as said, he didn't think I was doing anything wrong. Also, I have had a tummy ache all day, could a piercing do that or am I being a hypochondriac :P