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Treatment for navel piercing abscess - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I got my belly button pierced in July and it had gotten infected so i took out the piercing over 3 months ago but i still have redness around the piercing and i believe it is an abcess i am just wondering what i can do to get rid of the redness
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after getting the piercing removed, did you visit your doctor to make sure everything was fine?
Doctor :   is there only redness, or do you feel that there is swelling also present?
User :   no i did not see a doctor
User :   there is no swelling just hardness as in scar tissue
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is there pain on touching it?
Doctor :   is the temperature over the red area increased compared to the surrounding skin?
User :   not normally, there is right now because i have been messing with it
User :   a little warmer yes
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i suggest you to visit a doctor to have a look at it, the examination will determine whether it is an abcess that needs draining
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or whether it can be treated with antibiotics
User :   ok should i be doing anything before that?
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to get the redness and swelling removed
Doctor :   what you can do is not to fiddle with it, do not press on it, and keep the area clean
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to prevent secondary infection
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continue to take a healthy diet and drink a lot of fluids
User :   ok
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have you followed?
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is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User :   yes i understand
User :   no that is everything
User :   Thank you!!
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