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what does it mean when your belly button is swollen

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Tache Leon
26 years experience General Surgery
Umbilical hernia: Those symptoms are usually due to a hernia. You should be evaluated by a physician. The physical examination alone can confirm the diagnosis most of ... Read More

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A female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Hernia?: Your description of your belly button as hard and swollen, along with your other symptoms, makes me think of an incarcerated umbilical hernia as a wor ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Craig Lum
Dr. Craig Lum answered
24 years experience General Surgery
Swollen umbilicus: Sounds like an umbilical hernia. If it is not bothering you, you can just monitor it for now. Be sure your primary care doctor knows about it so whe ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Your colon: This is the area where your descending colon carries your poop before you dump it. If you are retaining/constipated it will bulge. Only an exam could ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Differing reasons: The navel may itch due to yeast infection, contact dermatitis (soaps, lotions or piercings), eczema, hives, and stretching of skin during pregnancy. B ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leila Wing
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Infection?: Need more information, but the things that come to mind include infection/cellulitis vs. Skin reaction. Was there any trauma, or is there a piercing ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jordan Rush
12 years experience Gastroenterology
Probably nothing: The question is whether this is just sweat because it is warm or if there is actually discharge coming from the belly button area which should be furt ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Navel infection.: The navel may itch due to yeast infection, contact dermatitis (soaps, lotions or piercings), eczema, hives, and stretching of skin during pregnancy. B ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Belly-button tingles: Belly-button (umbilical) pain may originate locally due to infection or herniation, or be "referred" from another abdominal location like the appendix ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
I would be : concerned about infection like impetigo. Try cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, and apply topical antibiotic ointment. If not better in a week see your ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause a rash. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, vira ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Unsure: The navel may itch due to yeast infection, contact dermatitis (soaps, lotions or piercings), eczema, hives, and stretching of skin during pregnancy. B ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Uncertain: The navel may itch due to yeast infection, contact dermatitis (soaps, lotions or piercings), eczema, hives, and stretching of skin during pregnancy. B ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Warren Wolfe
57 years experience Family Medicine
Many things: For example if after a shower you don't dry the umbilicus (belly button) well you might start a yeast condition. Also irritation from elastic from und ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Uncertain: Causes of navel discharge include abnormalities of the uracha (cyst, sinus or patent uracha), complications from past laparoscopic surgery, umbilical ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Kim
Dr. John Kim answered
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Inflammation: You may have an infection or an allergic reaction. May want to have your physician take a look at it.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not normal: That is not a common thing to happen. A doctor needs to determine what is wrong.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
About 10% of: Individuals have a protruding navel (outie). However, what you described could be an umbilical hernia. Your doctor should be able to diagnose if you h ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Lots possible here: In what position do you feel better/ worse? What is the quality of pain--sharp, stabbing, pressure, bloating, gassiness? Where in your lower abdomen ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brad Douglas
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ruptured cyst: You could have a ruptured cyst.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Yeast? Allergy?: It would be unusual for the vaginal area, labia, etc to swell up without also being itchy, painful, or irritated. Possibilities that come to mind incl ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
18 years experience Family Medicine
You : You may have a umbilical hernia. This means that a part of your intestines may have come through a defect into your umbilicus(belly button) thus causi ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Possible reasons: The tissues surrounding the piercing could be infected or inflamed. Additionally, umbilical trauma is common with navel piercings.

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