Body Piercing

I got my navel pierced 2 years back. Initially when it pained, a doctor had asked me to apply betadine. Further more there was a small infection which resulted in the formation of a boil around the piercing. As of now it still pains now and then especially if there is a sudden touch. Plz suggest as to what should be the medical follow up in such a case? Thank you.
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Poornachandra Tejaswi S Bangalore | General Physician
Hi. Generally if the piercing is done following strict precautions in a clean environment by a professional using sterilised needles and equipments chances of infection is less but if this things are not followed, bacterial infection can occur. Sometimes a person might be allergic to the material used in piercing, which might lead to allergic reaction. If its a pus contained swelling with redness.clean that area before that wash your hands and clean the area around the piercing with cotton swab or hot compress and dry the area with dry cloth twice daily.avoid using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as it may cause irritation of that area. Kindly consult a dermatologist for further management.
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