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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I have redness around my belly button incision. Does it mean I have an infection? I had a laparoscopic sterilization Wednesday. It's still painful.

I have redness around my belly button incision. Does it mean I have an infection? I had a laparoscopic sterilization Wednesday. It's still painful.

Redness belly button: Redness in the area of an incision is normal. THis can be due to stitches which are in the skin. If there is swelling and increased pain then one may think infection. ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopic surgery 2 weeks ago and my belly button incision hasn't healed, it is white but no infection. What should I do for it to heal?

I had a laparoscopic surgery 2 weeks ago and my belly button incision hasn't healed, it is white but no infection. What should I do for it to heal?

Don't worry: Will heal in wk or so, just wash with soap and water and place a dry dressing and call your surgeon for a follow up visit, you will be fine. ...Read more

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I had gallbadder surgery last tues. Belly button incision started hurting bad. No red, not hot, no fever or no puss. Infection?

Laparoscopic Incision: Without direct evaluation of the incision it is impossible to know what is happening. You need to get ahold of your surgeon and seek his or her care. ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic surgery a week ago. My belly button incision is painful and has some yellow thick puss sitting in it. Is there an infection?

I had laparoscopic surgery a week ago. My belly button incision is painful and has some yellow thick puss sitting in it. Is there an infection?

Need To Be Seen: A small amount of drainage is not uncommon at the belly button following laparoscopic surgery. However, a superficial infection is possible. Common signs include redness, drainage, and tenderness. This diagnosis requires hands-on evaluation by your surgeon--schedule a follow-up appointment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Laparoscopic surgery 8 weeks ago/no complications. My incision in belly button started to sting when moving today. No fever or infection. What's up?

Laparoscopic surgery 8 weeks ago/no complications. My incision in belly button started to sting when moving today. No fever or infection. What's up?

Nerves: Often, when cutting through skin and tissue such as during a surgery, the nerves in the skin, tissues, and muscles can become damaged. The tingling sensation may be caused by your nerves regrowing and healing. Scar discomfort and numbness is relatively common in the first year or so post-operative. It may take some time before you no longer feel this but is not something to worry too much about. ...Read more

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What could cause an infection of the belly button?

What could cause an infection of the belly button?

Retained stuff.: An innie can retain lint and dirt and water. The combination can cause breakdown of the skin in the canal and superficial infection. ...Read more

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Belly button peircing infection?

Belly button peircing infection?

QUESTION??!!: So are you asking what to do with an infection from a piercing? Definitely see your physician to see if it requires and antibiotic or just topical antibiotic ointment. Also, may depend on the type of metal that is in the piercing. ...Read more

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Rash on my incision belly button?

You may have an: Infection or allergic reaction to the belly button, also known as the umbilicus. Please see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Infection around belly button while preganat?

Cellulitis?: It is not uncommon during pregnancy and strectching of the abdominal wall to have pain and possibly even some redness at the belly button. If there is pain and redness, this should be evaluated by your doctor to make sure there is not an infection or bowel stuck in the hernia. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a belly button infection?

What should I do if I have a belly button infection?

See your doctor: He/she will listen to you, give you an examination, possibly order some tests, and provide answers for your symptoms. ...Read more

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IS A STAFH INFECTION IN THE BELLY BUTTON CONTAGIOUS?

IS A STAFH INFECTION IN THE BELLY BUTTON CONTAGIOUS?

Depends: This depends upon your definition of contagion. Anyone touching the dressings, the wound or your skin can become a carrier of the same organism, but whether or not they will become infected depends upon a very diverse assortment of factors. ...Read more

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What is a good way to heal a belly button infection?

What is a good way to heal a belly button infection?

Hygiene: Wash with soap and water. Remove the piercing and apply antibiotic ointment to it and then reapply to the tract. If this doesn't work you must consider being allergic to the metal. ...Read more

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How should I treat a possible belly button piercing infection?

How should I treat a possible belly button piercing infection?

Clean: By keeping the area clean and dry. You can use soap and water. Hibiclens is a antibacterial soap. You may need oral antibiotics from your dermatologist. ...Read more

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8w baby's belly button is brown but she has fair skin. Is that a possible infection?

8w baby's belly button is brown but she has fair skin. Is that a possible infection?

Need more info: If you have a problem with an 8 week old she should be seen by a pediatrician for a diagnosis. The internet is not the place to try and solve a problem that requires an examination. Hope all is OK ...Read more

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I have a haematoma after laparoscopy its right side between incision and belly button shud I be worried?

I have a haematoma after laparoscopy its right side between incision and belly button shud I be worried?

Some times happens: After surgery due to oozing of blood under the skin will disappear in 2 wks with block and blue marks (ecchymosis) Don't worry go for post OP visit ...Read more

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Pain to my left side of my belly button....On and off pain but its getting frequent past a day....Not sharp pain but causing discomfort...Infection?

Peri umbilical Pain: Common "dodd poisoning" or viral gastroenteritis can cause this, but so can many other things, including an inflamed appendix. If you develop a fever, or the pain gets worse and moves downward, or the symptoms don't clear in a few days, I would consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My gallbladder was removed 4 weeks ago. My pain has increased lately around the belly button and incision close to there. Is this normal healing pain?

My gallbladder was removed 4 weeks ago. My pain has increased lately around the belly button and incision close to there. Is this normal healing pain?

Maybe not related...: ...but if there is drainage, poor wound closure, redness and/or local tenderness, or pain as significant and progressive as you describe, then please ask your surgeon to take a re-look at the site. ...Read more

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Its mean 5 weeks since I had my tubal the little incision on my belly button is now red, puffy, and just a little bit of white goo came out is it ok.?

Call your OB: The signs you have suggest an abscess has developed within the tract through which your tubal was done. I would call your OB & see how they want to handle the issue. ...Read more

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What can I do about dry skin and an infection in my belly button?

What can I do about dry skin and an infection in my belly button?

See your doctor: See your doctor to get both formally diagnosed and then specifically treated. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I have hardness under belly button incision post gallbladder surgery?

When was surgery?: For the first several weeks after surgery there can be some inflammation and "scar tissue" which presents as this. If there is redness increasing pain and/or discharge it may be infected. If it has been years since the surgery you may have a hernia there. Some cancers present as a mass in this area. There are so many things that it could be. You need to see a surgeon for a re-evaluation of this. ...Read more

Incision (Definition)

An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more


Belly Button (Definition)

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 ...Read more