A 18-year-old male asked:
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how does a belly button get infected?

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Dr. Sean O'mara
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Umbilical infection: Umbilical infections can occur like any area of the body where a break in the skin allows for bacteria to be established. Avoid playing with belly buttons to avoid causing trauma. Mild touching is usually not a problem but more forceful rubbing can be. Applying a small amount of rubbing alcohol (1/2 tsp) to the area followed by a small amount of antibiotic ointment after dried can help
Answered on May 17, 2014
Dr. Mohammad Shahzad
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Many ways: If you don't keep it cleaned . If there is any foreign object. If there is any injury to skin of the belly button.
Answered on Jul 27, 2015

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