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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
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Noticed my belly button is leaking clear fluid, no strong order but won't go away? Should I be seen for this ?

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
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Noticed my belly button is leaking clear fluid, no strong order but won't go away? Should I be seen for this ?

Yes: There should not be a persistent drainage from your navel. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Rahil Malik
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
5 years in practice
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I had an eptopic pregnancy in 2012. The scar in my belly button is leaking a stinky fluid. What could be the cause of that?

Dr. Rahil Malik
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
5 years in practice
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I had an eptopic pregnancy in 2012. The scar in my belly button is leaking a stinky fluid. What could be the cause of that?

Get checked: its been many years since your surgery and is highly unusual. You need an evaluation by a physician to determine the cause of fluid and ensure that there is nothing serious going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
45 years in practice
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What would cause my belly button to leak a clear fluid?

Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
45 years in practice
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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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Dr. Johnny Roy
Board Certified, Urology
54 years in practice
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What can I do if my belly button is leaking some kind of fluid any ideas why?

Dr. Johnny Roy
Board Certified, Urology
54 years in practice
604K people helped
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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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Board Certified, Wound care
31 years in practice
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My belly button is leaking some kind of fluid, any ideas why? What should I do

Dr. Robert Dorsey
Board Certified, Wound care
31 years in practice
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Yes: This is abnormal go see a surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Harris
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
32 years in practice
406K people helped
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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.?

Dr. Steven Harris
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
32 years in practice
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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.?

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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Dr. John Despain
Board Certified, Dermatology
32 years in practice
433K people helped
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My belly button piercing has been leaking a sticky and smelly fluid and when dries becomes crusty? Help?

Dr. John Despain
Board Certified, Dermatology
32 years in practice
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My belly button piercing has been leaking a sticky and smelly fluid and when dries becomes crusty? Help?

Infection or allergy: Either infected or allergy (to nickel). Apply antibiotic ointment such as Bacitracin for a few days. If not improving see am md. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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What does it mean when your belly button leaks yellow fluid?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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What does it mean when your belly button leaks yellow fluid?

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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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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My 5yr old daughter's belly button started "leaking" a very smelly fluid today. It does seem worse tonight than this morning. Any advice on what it is?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Minor vs major issue: This can be simply a reflection of a simple infected bug bite or poor hygiene in the area leading to a skin infection.There are rare cases where the bladder is connected by a remnant of fetal development to underside of the belly button and can produce such a "leaking". It would be wise to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
28 years in practice
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I Noticed some fluid leaking from my belly button, but it doesnt have odor.. it burns,, and it started bleeding.It wont stop leaking.What can it be?

Dr. Steven Saunders
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
28 years in practice
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I Noticed some fluid leaking from my belly button, but it doesnt have odor.. it burns,, and it started bleeding.It wont stop leaking.What can it be?

Belly Button: The fact that you bellybutton is leaking some fluid suggest some collection of either infection or inflammation maybe umbilicitis. Sometimes there are communications between the umbilicus or belly button and the internal abdominsl cavity. Either way it warrants a visit to your physician to be evaluated ...Read more

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