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A 37-year-old male asked:

Itched belly button eczema 2 weeks ago and not healing. leaked clear fluid for days then lessened. is this normal serous fluid? exudate on bandage yellow-brown sometimes a bit green. still inflamed, no odor, no redness, no pain. using bacitracin?

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Dr. Alan Menter
Dermatology 56 years experience
Consider please having a culture done of the exudate with appropriate therapy , topical and possibly oral as well , thereafter
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
In order to get a culture done you most likely will have to see a physician & the results take about 2 days. In the meantime apply warm compresses, pat dry&apply your bacitracin. A sterile gauze held loosely in place with only paper tape is recommended. If you see signs of an abscess( swelling,tenderness, spreading redness), incision&drainage as well as appropriate oral antibiotics may be needed
Last updated Dec 22, 2021


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