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A 18-year-old female asked:

Why is my belly button is red and smelly ?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Sounds like: "OMPHALITIS" (infection/inflammation of the belly button..HYGIENE is important. Wash the area with sap and water daily and use some Rubbing alcohol on a Q TIP to CAREFULLY CLEAN the area! An antibacterial OTC ointment should be applied after the above Hope this is helpful Dr Z
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have redness of belly button what does it mean?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Belly-button pain: Belly-button (umbilical) pain may originate locally due to infection or herniation, or be "referred" from another abdominal location like the appendix. Signs/symptoms of concern include: local redness & drainage, umbilical bulging that can't be reduced with gentle pressure, fever, vomiting, change in bowels, generalized abdominal tenderness (suggests peritonitis), worsening pain.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What to do about red raw wounds in belly button?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Umbilical wound: If you have had surgery, hernia repair, laprascope, at your umbilicus, then call and check in with your surgeon. If this is a spontaneous wound, okay to clean the area, soap and water, avoid oil based antibiotic ointments. If not better in a day or two, get checked by your regular doc. There are several other potential diagnoses.
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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
Dermatology 30 years experience
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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A 48-year-old member asked:

Red/brown liquid in belly button, what is this?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
That could be : A combination of older and newer blood. An infection may be the cause of naval bleeding – especially if there is discharge, pain or odor. A second cause for bleeding can be trauma. A frequent scenario is when someone sticks their finger in their umbilicus to search for “lint” and they scratch or abrade the skin.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why is my toddler's belly button red inside?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Belly button: Your toddler may have a low grade infection in his belly button. Have him soak in a bath of warm soapy water to which you have added 3 tablespoons of bleach. After the bath apply an antibiotic ointment. Do this 2-3 times daily
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