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Belly Button (Overview)

The belly button is the remnants of the umbilical cord. It is a central scar that forms in the location of the base of the umbilical cord, once the cord falls off.


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Swelled belly button?

Swelled belly button?

Define "swelled": Could be just an "outie" or small hernia, or even infection - needs more deifnition. ...Read more

Belly Button (Overview)

The belly button is the remnants of the umbilical cord. It is a central scar that forms in the location of the base of the umbilical cord, once the cord falls off.


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Belly button pops out why?

Belly button pops out why?

Belly button: Perhaps you have a small hernia called an umbilical hernia that sometimes develops. Usually it is not a major concern. Discuss it with your doctor on your next visit. ...Read more

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Why does my belly button itch?

Why does my belly button itch?

Contact dermatitis: The most common cause i see for itching in that area is allergy to a metal, usually nickel. Most people wear a metal belt buckle, or have a metal snap and/or zipper on their pants, and if you're allergic to the metal in that buckle or snap, it will cause itching. Another possibility is that you may have gotten an irritating substance of some sort trapped inside your belly button. ...Read more

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Why does my belly button hurt?

Why does my belly button hurt?

Perhaps infection: try cleaning it with 1/2water/1/2 hydrogen peroxide and put topcial antibiotic ointment in it with cotton tip applicator. If not better see dermatologist ...Read more

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How to reduce belly button fat?

How to reduce belly button fat?

Hernia?: If you have a lump or bulge at the umbilicus, you may have an umbilical hernia. See a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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How can I pop my belly button out?

How can I pop my belly button out?

You can not: The umbilicus is used to deliver nutrition during development. It had a tissue anchor internally so you can not simply flip it inside out. ...Read more

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Is an outie belly button correctible?

Is an outie belly button correctible?

Yes: Often an "outie" represents an umbilical hernia. See your doctor for an evaluation ; referral to a general surgeon. If it is simply a cosmetic skin looseness then maybe a plastic surgery evaluation would be considered. ...Read more

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What does a big out belly button mean?

What does a big out belly button mean?

Navel: The navel is a scar where the umbilical cord was once attached. Around 90% of people have a depression (innie) ; about 10% have a protrusion (outie). It is reported that a protruding navel develops because of more abundant skin remaining after the umbilical cord is separated. If you have a new or large protrusion - that could be an umbilical hernia which would merit medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Why right beside my belly button hurts?

Why right beside my belly button hurts?

Impaction?: People with deep 'innies' may slowly build up shedded old skin cells, bacteria and other 'lint' in the belly button (umbilicus), and it may become an impacted infected mass of material, that causes pain near the area, or foul odor, or abscess. That is one possibility. Of course, a careful physical exam should reveal the problem. ...Read more