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My belly button is red and sore. It also seems to be a little wet with discharge. What should I do to remedy it?

My belly button is red and sore. It also seems to be a little wet with discharge. What should I do to remedy it?

Infection: Sounds like it is infected or irritated. Go to a doctor and have them look. You may need antibiotics. They should also check for umbilical hernia. ...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


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I think I cut my belly button. Now I have what looks like bump almost new skin but not all of my belly button is red. Its sore and it yellow discharge?

I think I cut my belly button. Now I have what looks like bump almost new skin but not all of my belly button is red. Its sore and it yellow discharge?

Infection: Soreness and yellow discharge suggest infection. The first line of treatment is hygiene. Take a shower making sure to thoroughly but gently lather the area then rinse well. Afterwards, apply hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball and gently clean out the navel twice a day. If it doesn't clear up in a couple of days, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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My belly button is red, sore and has a strong odour. What could be causing this?

My belly button is red, sore and has a strong odour. What could be causing this?

Infection.: Infection of the canal. Might want to clean this with peroxide or saline and put an antibiotic cream in there until it heals. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning to my belly button being red and very sore what could cause this?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you, however, what you described suggests an infection and you should consult a doctor. ...Read more

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My belly button is very red and very sore, sometimes a little bloody. What is it, and what are some home remedies I could do?

Belly button: This is a localized irritation or infection of the skin in and around the belly button. Wash inside well and then wash with hydrogen peroxide. Then put a neosporin or bacitracin ointment in there for a few days. It should be fine. ...Read more

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What should I do if my daughter belly button is sore / redness?

What should I do if my daughter belly button is sore / redness?

Low grade infection: She have a low grade infection in her belly button. Apply an antibiotic ointment to the area 4 times daily. ...Read more

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My husband belly button is sore, red, and burning what should I do? Does he need to go to the hospital?

See your Doctor: He may have infection in his belly button and needs to be checked. See your family doctor and if he is not available go to ER ...Read more

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I am 8 days post lap app. I started noticing redness to the right of belly button incision. It is sore, tender to the touch. Feels muscular. Normal?

I am 8 days post lap app. I started noticing redness to the right of belly button incision. It is sore, tender to the touch. Feels muscular. Normal?

Healing: Redness and itching as well as soreness can be seen around skin stitches at this time. Localized redness with itching and soreness can represent the starting of an infection. You need to let your surgeon know about this and if it worsens, you should see your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a very sore smelly belly button, it's like a sharp burning pain. And the button is red and sore.

I have a very sore smelly belly button, it's like a sharp burning pain. And the button is red and sore.

See your doctor: A painful, red belly button is likely infected, and may also be symptomatic of a hernia there, if swollen. See a doctor promptly for antibiotics and possible surgery consultation. ...Read more

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My belly button is sore and slightly red. What is wrong?

My belly button is sore and slightly red. What is wrong?

This could be an: Infection, contact dermatitis (soaps, lotions or piercings), eczema or hives, . ...Read more

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Iv woke up with a sore red itchy belly button?

Iv woke up with a sore red itchy belly button?

Yeast or staph: If you have a piercing, this could be a bacterial infection like staph. Even without a piercing, yeast infections also start in that area because it is warm and moist. Clean it carefully with a q tip and some peroxide for a couple of days, and try putting some lotrimin (clotrimazole) anti-yeast cream in the area. If the redness spreads, you get fever or you have increased pain, see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Hi, I have puss coming out of my belly button, it's sore and red sometimes bloody

Get it checked: This is probably an infection and may need oral antibiotics to treat as well as topical. You didn't mention if it was pierced, but if so, removal might be necessary for it to heal. ...Read more

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Sore belly button. It is red around the button, and it smells of rotten cheese.?

Sore belly button. It is red around the button, and it smells of rotten cheese.?

An infection brewing: It seems that you have an infection there. Unfortunately, some have a very deep belly-button hole which can trap moisture/debris and can get infected. Early fungal infection can have itching to it, but bacterial infection typically causes more swelling. If an infected cyst is ruptured, it can stink. Since you are having pain, I suspect bacterial cause. Consult doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a very red very sore belly button I also keep getting little spots around the tummy area?

Yeast infection??: Yeast like to grow in warm moist areas like a "belly button" (umbilicus) also in the groin. Axilla, vagina etc. Make an appointment with your family physician. If it is a yeast infection it is easily treated. The way to avoid this problem is after taking a shower dry the aforementioned areas well. I see this problem a lot and also recommend using a hair dryer to make sure the akin is dry, ...Read more

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Small hard anchored lump just outside belly button at about 6 o'clock when looking at it. Tender when squeezing slight redness over area. No drainage.

Small hard anchored lump just outside belly button at about 6 o'clock when looking at it. Tender when squeezing slight redness over area. No drainage.

See your primary: Could be many things? If you don't have a belly ring then most likely is a small cyst or lipoma. Would want to know if you feels these bumps anywhere else. Try warm soaks but would have your primary doctor look at it ...Read more

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My belly button is sore and red it has lumps inside and outside of it I know its not a hernia?

My belly button is sore and red it has lumps inside and outside of it I know its not a hernia?

Umbilical hernia: It could either be a hernia or umbilical infection from multiple causes like umbilical pilonidal disease or just a local skin condition. See a surgeon that can help you determine what the cause and treatment should be for this problem ...Read more

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How's it best to treat a sore, red "Inny" belly button. Often damp with sweat as having to wear layers due to the cold.

Rubbing alcohol: Clean with rubbing alcohol and keep it dry withcorn starch powder. Topical steroids may be needed, in which case please have it seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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My belly button ring is red around the top ball but it's not sore or no puss coming out. Is this bad and what should I do.?

My belly button ring is red around the top ball but it's not sore or no puss coming out. Is this bad and what should I do.?

PIERCING PROBLEM: You may be developing an infection. You may try a topical (cream) anti microbial like Neosporin. The key, however, is close monitoring for worsening symptoms... which would prompt evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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It appears to have stopped now but my belly button has been bleeding (sometimes bright red sometimes seemingly watered down) and is sore? No bad smell

It appears to have stopped now but my belly button has been bleeding (sometimes bright red sometimes seemingly watered down) and is sore? No bad smell

See doctor: Bleeding without any known reason should be checked by a doctor. The soreness suggests that there may be an infection going on. ...Read more

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My husband having this same issue. I looked into his belly button with a light. It is pussy, red, a little bloody, very sore, & an ulcer maybe too.

Infection: You saw puss in his Belly Button, it is red, little bloody and sore
This sugest that he has infection in his Umblicus (Belly Button)
He should be seen by your Doctor asap o be examined and culture taken and Belly Button cleaned and appropriate Antibiotics started ...Read more

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Red bump inside belly button. Sore and smelly but no discharge. Looks like a burn but haven’t sustained injury to the area.

VisualDX: Hi, it’s hard to say without a picture but there is a great app that may be able to help you get a diagnosis without being seen in person by a dermatologist. The app is called VisualDX and is one of the best, if not the best out there. Many clinicians, including myself, use it. Just snap a photo and it gives you a list of possible diagnoses. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hard sore red heated painful lump above and below belly button 1 month after an liproscopic appendectomy what could it be should I call my surgeon?

Appendect red spot: 31 F Hard sore red heated painful lump above and below belly button 1 month after an liproscopic appendectomy what could it be should I call my surgeon? ANS: Yes. May be infected stitch or hernia or other problem. I would call in AM. ...Read more