Calendula herb contains hydrating, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help sooth itching and irritation from infected belly buttons. Also, this herb supports healing.
- Crush 2 to 3 calendula flowers or leaves and extract the juice. Apply the juice topically onto the infected area. Do this 2 or 3 times a day for a few days.
- If fresh calendula is not available, you can use calendula lotion or ointment. Apply it on the infected belly button as directed.
10. Indian Lilac
Be it yeast or bacterial infection that affects, Indian lilac, also known as neem, can definitely help a lot in treating it. Neem has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain and itching and prevent further spread of infection.
- Make a paste of a few neem leaves and apply it onto the affected area. You can also add a little turmeric powder. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Pat dry thoroughly. Do this twice daily for several days.
- You can also add a few drops of neems oil to 1 teaspoon of olive oil or any other carrier oil and apply on the affected area for quick healing.
- Do not pick or scratch an infected belly button as it can worsen the condition.
- Avoid swimming for a few weeks as the chlorine in the pool is not good for an infected belly button.
- Use cotton balls or swabs instead of a cloth when cleaning or applying treatments as a cloth can spread the infection.
- Do not constantly touch the infected area.
- Include garlic in your diet as it is considered highly effective in preventing infection.
- Eat foods that are rich in vitamin C, zinc and antioxidants to promote healing.
- Do not put pressure on the infected area when sleeping.
- Take steps to control high blood sugar levels.
- Follow all aftercare guidelines if you get your belly button pierced.
If the infection does not show signs of improvement after a week, consult a doctor immediately.