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Belly button piercing soreness since going paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 30, 2011 at 8:44 PM

My sister started eating paleo a few months ago and has noticed that her belly button piercing (of which she's had for 7 years+) has started to become really sore and irritating. To the point which she has to take the bar out sometimes (she has lots of different bars so its not one particular one).

Any idea why this would happen?

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on September 06, 2011
at 03:01 PM

Sometimes people develop allergies over time... she might of just developed a metal intolerance (I developed an allergy to coconut at age 23...this shiz happens)

351cbf133b44fb7a1b90781e148d28d7

(597)

on August 31, 2011
at 04:26 PM

I'm still blown away that I've had mine for 8! It's so easy to forget about them.

306905a32e76b5c0764a663ea7e88426

(1072)

on August 31, 2011
at 12:26 PM

I'll be perfectly honest and say exactly the same has happened to me. I've been paleo-ing for years, had the piercing for twelve years and when I go ultra "clean" on the diet I notice an infection, which just needs a day or so of tending to with a tea-tree antiseptic. I thought it was just me...

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 31, 2011
at 02:30 AM

Totally agree. I've had some of my piercings for 17 years (wow, has it been that long! Oy I'm old!) and something as tiny as a single piece of sand can just annoy the hell out of it.

Bcad307b240275ae3f5820ba6eb4a712

(923)

on August 31, 2011
at 12:14 AM

My girlfriend is a piercer. I'll ask her and get back to you.

Dc8ec73989c7b37c006f2031dd648a61

on August 30, 2011
at 08:53 PM

I'll link her this question so she can answer specific questions herself

Dc8ec73989c7b37c006f2031dd648a61

on August 30, 2011
at 08:53 PM

actually I'm not sure, but I find it interesting that she's been fine with whichever bars she has had in for 7+ years... do you think perhaps the body was more inflamed overall before and she's only noticing the soreness now because its an acute inflammation rather than chronic?

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Bcad307b240275ae3f5820ba6eb4a712

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on August 31, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Here's an answer from my gf:

"As a piercer, and someone who is very familiar with the paleo diet: Chances are that it is not your diet. If anything, this diet would make your piercings healthier. It could be from working out more frequently, but it could also be circumstantial. Have you changed your jewelry recently? Most body jewelry is made out of pretty poor quality metals. However, plastic is not the solution (most plastic isn't going be any more bio compatible). You should be looking for titanium instead. Also, internally threaded jewelry, so that you don't have threads on the barbell shaft that can cut your skin when inserted. In the meantime, a good fix for a sore piercing is brewing a chamomile teabag, then using it as a compress once or twice a day until it clears up. If you continue to have issues, feel free to email me at [email protected] anytime. But rest assured, nothing about going paleo should directly irritate your piercings."

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on August 30, 2011
at 10:02 PM

If she's increased her workouts recently, it could be irritation from chafing or sweating.

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351cbf133b44fb7a1b90781e148d28d7

on August 30, 2011
at 11:49 PM

She may have gotten something in her piercing to irritate it. I've had my nipple piercings for 8 years, and on occasion something will get under there to make it sore. Regular cleaning tends to nip that in the butt.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 31, 2011
at 02:30 AM

Totally agree. I've had some of my piercings for 17 years (wow, has it been that long! Oy I'm old!) and something as tiny as a single piece of sand can just annoy the hell out of it.

351cbf133b44fb7a1b90781e148d28d7

(597)

on August 31, 2011
at 04:26 PM

I'm still blown away that I've had mine for 8! It's so easy to forget about them.

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485bcefe7f1f7a6df1a293a826bf6137

on August 30, 2011
at 11:48 PM

It's possible that her immune system is now stronger and therefore her body is rejecting the foreign object.

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Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on June 28, 2013
at 01:27 AM

Every couple of years, I experience irritation with mine. It usually has to do with frequent removal and reinsertion. When I keep one piece of jewelry in for a few weeks instead of changing jewelry frequently, the problem goes away. I also found that plastic barbells are good for reducing irritation.

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8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on August 30, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Has she tried non-metal bars?

Dc8ec73989c7b37c006f2031dd648a61

on August 30, 2011
at 08:53 PM

I'll link her this question so she can answer specific questions herself

Dc8ec73989c7b37c006f2031dd648a61

on August 30, 2011
at 08:53 PM

actually I'm not sure, but I find it interesting that she's been fine with whichever bars she has had in for 7+ years... do you think perhaps the body was more inflamed overall before and she's only noticing the soreness now because its an acute inflammation rather than chronic?

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on September 06, 2011
at 03:01 PM

Sometimes people develop allergies over time... she might of just developed a metal intolerance (I developed an allergy to coconut at age 23...this shiz happens)

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