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My 2 1/2 month old son just developed a red ring around his belly button?

My 2 1/2 month old son just developed a red ring around his belly button?

Could be irritation: This could just be some irritation from the clothing (or snaps on clothes) rubbing against the skin. If there is swelling, any pus, or if it stays red and irritated-looking, you should see a doctor to make sure it is not infected. ...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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My son has a red ring around his belly button and a rash around it what could that possibly be! Should I worry?

My son has a red ring around his belly button and a rash around it what could that possibly be! Should I worry?

Hard to say: This could be a simple bug bite reaction or even an infection. Since you did not provide an age or other specifics I cannot be more specific. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a c section on 7/22/2016 I have a lump next to my belly button my obgyn referred me to a surgeon for a periumbilical hernia I have an apt on?

Hi, I had a c section on 7/22/2016 I have a lump next to my belly button my obgyn referred me to a surgeon for a periumbilical hernia I have an apt on?

Go to surgeon: You need to follow through with a surgeon visit as a peri umbilical hernia indicates that there is usually a loop of intestine underneath that protrusion that can get trapped and it needs to be repaired. ...Read more

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Took out navel stone, belly button has odor clear/a little yellow oil or discharge that form crust. No redness or pain. Will mupirocin work? Just started using it. Do I put it deep inside belly button? I only put some on the outside ring area

Took out navel stone, belly button has odor clear/a little yellow oil or discharge that form crust. No redness or pain. Will mupirocin work? Just started using it. Do I put it deep inside belly button? I only put some on the outside ring area

Navel Stone: Yes mupirocin can help if there is an infection and you can apply it deep into your belly button twice a day for 7days. If your skin becomes indurates, warm, tender, worsening, very red, and draining increases you must see your Primary Care Physician. ...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.?

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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Infected navel piercing? Recently, I had my belly button pierced by a relative. It looked fine the first night, but now it's red and a little bloody around the holes with white puss. Is that normal? I do not have a barbell or ring in. We had to suffice wi

Pus is not normal.: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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Got belly button ring. After it began to get red and have pus, yellowish white color. Using tea tree oil, alcohol, peroxide, &saltwater. Hasn’t cleared up

Got belly button ring. After it began to get red and have pus, yellowish white color. Using tea tree oil, alcohol, peroxide, &saltwater. Hasn’t cleared up

Infection: It sounds as if you may have developed an infection despite antiseptic measures. You will need some antibiotics. Can try topically but if no improvement then you may need oral antibiotics. Please see GP if the topical route does not help. ...Read more

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I have 11 days old baby girl and there are more than normal discharge from her belly button. No redness around the belly button and no fever. Any risk?

I have 11 days old baby girl and there are more than normal discharge from her belly button. No redness around the belly button and no fever. Any risk?

Belly Button: A small amount of discharge around the belly button or umbilical stump is normal But if there is a significant amount or any redness, it should be looked at. Could be an early infection. ...Read more

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Please help! I have redness of belly button what does it mean?

Please help! I have redness of belly button what does it mean?

Uncertain: May be bacterial infection-if so it should be tender. If it does not resolve promptly a physician visit is recommended. ...Read more

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What to do if I have redness of belly button what does it mean?

What to do if I have redness of belly button what does it mean?

Belly-button pain: 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. ...Read more

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There's bruseing and redness around my wife's belly button what does that mean?

There's bruseing and redness around my wife's belly button what does that mean?

Belt buckle?: A metal belt buckle can cause nickel ions to dissolve in sweat and be carried to the skin, where they often cause a severe allergic reaction. ...Read more

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A smelly clear fliquid coming out from belly button no pain no sweeling no redness just a fluid only?

A smelly clear fliquid coming out from belly button no pain no sweeling no redness just a fluid only?

Suggests infection: If the liquid you have coming out of the belly button has a bad smell there is probably some infection present. You can clean the area well with soap and water followed by alcohol to the area. Keep the area dry and clean in this manner for 2-3 days. If the problem persists, see a physician and get the fluid cultured and treated with the proper medication that may be needed. ...Read more

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My baby11mo. Has redness around her belly button only, it's a week now. What could this be? Can I put anything on it?

My baby11mo. Has redness around her belly button only, it's a week now. What could this be? Can I put anything on it?

Inflammation: Redness around the belly button is much more common in newborns than at 11 months. Earlier it would certainly be a local infection and potentially quite serious. At this age, a bug bite, with a local reaction is more likely. Some warm most packs would be useful. Then put on a topical antibiotic salve (neosporin) or better still calendula ointment. ...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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Redness inside belly button. No pain, itching or discharge?

Redness inside belly button. No pain, itching or discharge?

No problem: Likely just a friction phenomenon. You can try a barrier (lotion/cream) moisturizer but the old school mantra holds. . . no pain, no itching, no discharge = no problem. ...Read more

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If there's a bit of redness and dent above belly button, do I have a hernia?

If there's a bit of redness and dent above belly button, do I have a hernia?

Needs an exam: Generally a hernia is a mildly tender lump or bulge. It is usually not an indentation. Redness could indicate a skin infection. Needs a physical exam with a doctor to tell what you may have. ...Read more

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I have a slight swelling redness just above my belly button...pain when stretching. Otherwise no pain...i am 32 yes male?

Umbilicus: The umbilicus is often the site of infection and this may cause the discomfort. Have the area cleaned with a mild soap and apply an antibacterial ointment like bacitracin or neosporin to see if the inflammation resolves. Consult your physician as needed. ...Read more

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Belly button has odor, fluid an crust forms around it, no pain or redness dr gave mupirocin. How to apply? Does it go inside belly button?

Urachal cyst?: Maybe you have a urachal cyst that has become infected. Urachal cyst is a minor congenital anomaly, a remnant of the umblical cord. If so, minor surgery might be required to cure and/or prevent repeat infection. A normal naval might occasionally get infected, especially if quite deep or if you are overweight. For now, just work the cream as deeply into your naval as you can. Discuss with doctor. ...Read more

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I have a inny belly button, I shower regularly and juat recently I notixed redness, moist, and dryness around the crater part of my belly button?

I have a inny belly button, I shower regularly and juat recently I notixed redness, moist, and dryness around the crater part of my belly button?

Belly Button Problem: Red, moist, and dry belly-buton crater. Red and moist? Can't be both. If it itches it might be an allergy to soap, to snaps on jeans, laundry detergent, a yeast infections, and other skin conditions. If it bothers you with itching and some soreness, check with your dermatologist or regular physician. ...Read more

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Right side next to belly button, I feel a lump and it looks swollen, and has redness and it's painful. Also there's a red dot in the middle of it.

Right side next to belly button, I feel a lump and it looks swollen, and has redness and it's painful. Also there's a red dot in the middle of it.

Skin infection: It sounds like you have a skin infection. This type of infection is often called a boil. These often start with a clogged pore or hair follicle. You should get medical attention. It may need to be drained in the clinic. If allowed to progress, it can spread and become dangerous. ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed laparoscopically on the 23rd of march. Am now noticing increased redness around belly button incision. Is this normal?

NO IT IS NOT: Depend on the natyre of the redness generally speaking it is not it could indicate infection
see your surgeon he definitly want to know about it he could either assure you or tske care of it
most surgeon uses absoreable suture in this area sometime it does not get absorbed and the body trying to reject it. ...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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Had my belly button pierced 5 months ago, all of a sudden slight bleeding and yellowish pus no pain or redness or swelling

Had my belly button pierced 5 months ago, all of a sudden slight bleeding and yellowish pus no pain or redness or swelling

Infection: Even in the absence of redness I consider this to be an infection in the navel. Treat this with warm soaks, pat dry and apply an antibacterial ointment like neosporin. Wipe the surrounding skin with rubbing alcohol to prevent spread of bacteria there. If surrounding redness, swelling, fever, chills or continuing draining of pus occurs, see your physician for treatment. ...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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After gallbladder removal how long is normal for the belly button area to be sensitive? Sometimes clothes touching it causes sensitivity. No redness.

After gallbladder removal how long is normal for the belly button area to be sensitive? Sometimes clothes touching it causes sensitivity. No redness.

A few weeks: You may feel sensitivity there up to 8 weeks postoperatively. Permanent numbness is possible in any incision, though that rarely bothers the patient much. ...Read more

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My belly button has swelling tenderness and redness around it. No odor but it leaks a pinkish discharge. What could it be?

Probably: An infection, but you can have congenital persistent connection from umbilicus to internal organs. So have a doctor take a look at it. ...Read more