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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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A foul smelling whitish fluid is coming out from my belly button in small quantity. why? what should i do to stop it?

A foul smelling whitish fluid is coming out from my belly button in small quantity. why? what should i do to stop it?

Many possibliities: There are many anatomic abnormalities that can cause a discharge from the umbilicus (belly button). Since your discharge is foul smelling and white, there is most likely an infection. Make an appointment with your doctor and, meanwhile, clean the area well with hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball to remove discharge. If the area of you abdomen around the belly button gets red, seek care ASAP. ...Read more

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I just had surgery and they went through my belly button its a week later and there is a fluid that's yellow coming out?

I just had surgery and they went through my belly button its a week later and there is a fluid that's yellow coming out?

Contact surgeon: Please contact your surgeon as soon as possible to see what they recommend as evaluation or treatment for your issue however it does not sound like an emergency issue. ...Read more

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What does it mean if u have a clear gooey fluid comin frm ur belly button?

What does it mean if u have a clear gooey fluid comin frm ur belly button?

Possible infection: I'm wondering if your bellybutton is also read or itchy, you have clear fluid coming from it you have dirt or other things trapped in your belly button? I would take a bath and with either a washcloth or q-tip gently try to clean out your bellybutton area. After that put some antibiotic ointment on it and see if that helps. Obviously if you had surgery or anything else in the area you should be seen by your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Stinky yellow fluid in belly button?

Stinky yellow fluid in belly button?

Clean better: Honestly, the most common reason i find for this is simply needing to clean more completely. I know that may sound mean. However, sometimes infections can occur especially in those whose umbillicus or belly button had for instance a skin fold creating a pocket that is more easily infected and/or much harder to keep clean. This may require antibiotics and even surgery to correct. ...Read more

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Belly button has a clear liquid inside. My bb already stinks, but the fluid makes it stink less. A crust forms in opening, & it hurts to touch & bend?

Smelly Belly Button: Any smell or discharge coming from the belly button can be due to an infection. The most common causes of infection in the belly button are due to piercings, fungal infections, yeast infections and obesity. If you are experiencing symptoms such as redness in the affected area, painful swelling, and curd-like discharge resulting in a smelly belly button, you should see your doctor as soon as possib. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my belly button and when I cleaned it with a q-tip it had a clear thin fluid with a little blood in it. What should I do?

I have a pain in my belly button and when I cleaned it with a q-tip it had a clear thin fluid with a little blood in it.  What  should I do?

Probably infected: Clean 1-2 times daily with rubbing alcohol on a q tip, dry and put a small amount of antibiotic ointment and it should get better. If not see your doctor be seen sooner if increased pain or fever. ...Read more

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