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I am having extremely sharp pain near my belly button. My belly button is swollen and is a black color. It hurts to even stand up. Help?
I had my gallbladder removed through my belly button. My belly is swelling where the gallbladder use to be. Is that cause for concern?
I have a yellowish smelly fluid coming from my belly button. My belly button is pierced and has been for 5 years and I haven't wore a piercing for 1yr?
Irritation/infection: The redness signifies either irritation or infection. The former could be from allergy to clothing. If the area is itchy try applying a cortisone type ointment. If the reddened area burns or feels warm,apply antibacterial ointment like neosporin. If redness spreads, see your physician as oral antibiotics may be needed. ...Read more
I had my gall bladder out 3 weeks ago through my belly button. My belly button has trace blood on the QTip when I clean it and an odor. Normal??
Maybe: A touch of blood is probably normal, but the presence of an odor is suggestive of a possible wound infection. If there is no associated pain, swelling, or redness than wash with soap and water and apply triple antibiotic ointment twice a day. If the problem persists or if symptoms develop than consult your surgeon. ...Read more
I get cramps between my bladder and belly button and a lot of puss in my belly button.. My belly above my button stucks out and is tender and hard?
Infection: You may have an infection in your belly button. Consult your doctor for cultures and treatment. ...Read more
My son was circumcised at 2 weeks old and at that appointment, after the circumcision was performed and silver nitrate was put on his belly button, his belly began to turn blue. The dr ruled out an allergic reaction or poor oxygen levels so sent us home.
Silver nitrate: I'm not sure what your question is, but silver nitrate used on umbilical granulomas (small parts of the umbilical cord left after delivery) can stain the skin around the belly button. It usually turns a brown or black color, but it can also look bluish. If that's the case, should go away after a few baths. ...Read more
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
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
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
More details please: 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. More details pls. ...Read more