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What does it mean if my belly button is leaking?

What does it mean if my belly button is leaking?

Uncertain: Causes of navel discharge include abnormalities of the uracha (cyst, sinus or patent uracha), complications from past laparoscopic surgery, umbilical abscess ; recurrent folliculitis. More superficial fungal (such as yeast) and bacterial infections can occur. ...Read more

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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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My belly button is leaking a clear fuild and it smells really bad...Wht is going on?!?

My belly button is leaking a clear fuild and it smells really bad...Wht is going on?!?

Several posibilities: You may have developed a bowel fistula, there may be a cyst, or other issue. The main issue is that this is grossly abnormal and should be seen by a physician. My choice would be a general surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I do if my belly button is leaking some kind of fluid any ideas why?

What can I do if my belly button is leaking some kind of fluid any ideas why?

Hard to ascertain: Very difficult to ascetain the cause, how long? How much fluid(teaspoon less or more) any injury? If this persists you've to see an M.D. ...Read more

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What would cause my belly button to leak a clear fluid?

What would cause my belly button to leak a clear fluid?

Debris built up: Belly buttons come in all sizes and shapes. Old skin cells are being shed all the time and this material can build up in the umbilicus (belly button). Sometimes this debris can become infected and can drain some liquid material or pus. You may want to gently clean out area with peroxide on a q-tip. If it is a persistent problem, see your pcp, or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why does my belly button leak a yellowish clear fluid off and on that smells. Have had 6 belly surgeries.3 that involed insions thru the belly button.?

Why does my belly button leak a yellowish clear fluid off and on that smells. Have had 6 belly surgeries.3 that involed insions thru the belly button.?

Not normal: This is difficult to say without more history and an exam, but it is certainly not normal. Possibilities include a non-healing wound down in the base of the belly button, a cyst from trapped skin that resulted from the healing after the most recent surgery, or, perhaps, infection of artificial material left in the incision (sutures, mesh, etc.). Please see the most recent surgeon soon! ...Read more

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