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A 26-year-old female asked:

I have had a skin irritation/infection my belly button(only for a year (liquid smells). all did not work: anti fungal cream, cephalexin, bacatracin.

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Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Culture it: If you are having a discharge form that area and it is as chronic as you say it is, i would recommend seeing one of your providers for a skin culture. If it is inconclusive, they may even consider a skin biopsy to really get to the bottom of it. Best of luck!
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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
See dermatologist: Do you have a belly button ring? Contact dermatitis could be the etiology, and you'd no longer be able to wear one. Evaluation might include cultures or biopsy of the area. The liquid you mention makes me think of patent urachus, but it's unlikely that would've escaped infant diagnosis. You can't really look at your own navel, so see a dr.
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Last updated May 1, 2015


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