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Sachse, TX
A 19-year-old male asked:

My belly button is itchy red crusty smelly and bleeding ?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Schultz
General Practice 32 years experience
Infection: May be bacterial or fungal. Clean it well with a q-tip and peroxide. Apply a coat of neosporin triple antibiotic and cover with a porous bandage. Change the bandage every 12 hours until it starts to look better. If it doesn't look less red or angry in 24-36 hours have a physician evaluate. If the redness is spreading around in the skin of the belly seek prompt treatment.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when your belly button is red and crusty?

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Dr. Glynis Ablon
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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 derm
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