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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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Got an smelly foul discharge from belly button?

Got an smelly foul discharge from belly button?

Patent urachus?: Ask your physician whether you have a patent urachus that may have reopened. That's my first and foremost concern. ...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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Hi my problem is smelly belly button I clean all time but can't get rid of it what shall I do ?!

Hi my problem is smelly belly button I clean all time but can't get rid of it what shall I do ?!

Smelly Belly Button: Smelly belly button can be due to growth of bacteria and fungus as it does not get enough air and stays moist and swetty, it happens more often to people who are obese and lot of fat in the belly area, but can happen to others as well. To get rid of it you need to clean it thoroghly when you take a bath/shower and dry it with a hairdryer everyday and repeat daily, you will be able to get rid of it. ...Read more

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Since I've gained waight I have a smelly liquid coming from my belly button. It is also red inside?

Since I've gained waight I have a smelly liquid coming from my belly button. It is also red inside?

I think you: Have an infection inside your umbilicus, maybe a fungus infection. Show it to your doctor and if it is a fungus infection get tested for diabetes while you are at it. ...Read more

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Im pregnant and some white smelly stuff is coming out my belly button is it bad or maybe i didn't clean it good ?

Im pregnant and some white smelly stuff is coming out my belly button is it bad or maybe i didn't clean it good ?

Likely the latter: Some belly buttons are quite deep and difficult, so you may need to enlist someone's help in getting it cleaned out. You will then be able to tell if anything else is going on with it. ...Read more

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It's bleeding in my belly button only when i bend or sit for a while. There is no pain and only small amount of smelly blood appears.

Naval bleeding: Belly button bleeding can have a few causes. Sometimes dirt can embed itself and cause an infection, which can cause the smelly blood you describe. Some people can have a problem called a urachal cyst which is caused by an error during fetal development, so that a small opening in the naval leads to a pocket behind it. This can get infected. See your doctor for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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My belly button is itchy red crusty smelly and bleeding ?

My belly button is itchy red crusty smelly and bleeding ?

Infection: May be bacterial or fungal. Clean it well with a q-tip and peroxide. Apply a coat of neosporin triple antibiotic and cover with a porous bandage. Change the bandage every 12 hours until it starts to look better. If it doesn't look less red or angry in 24-36 hours have a physician evaluate. If the redness is spreading around in the skin of the belly seek prompt treatment. ...Read more

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My husband suffers from a smelly belly button(though washes it everyday), in which there we noticed for past several years some wart-like "bug".Help?

My husband suffers from a smelly belly button(though washes it everyday), in which there we noticed for past several years some wart-like "bug".Help?

Could a simple: Problem , he may a sebaceous cyst its drainage will give foul smell , or granuloma from hair follicle , let his doctor examine and take care of it., mean while to use q tips to clean inside with peroxide , along with soap and water. ...Read more

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Smelly pale brown discharge from my belly button ...?

Smelly pale brown discharge from my belly button ...?

Belly button angst: Could be a few things. Possibly a fungal infection. Any chance of something stuck in there? Also, in rare cases, there could be a connection to the guy underlying if something happened and your belly button didn't seal up completely, or has developed a new connection called a fistula. I'd say this one is best for a doctor to see in person to help you with. ...Read more

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Could my umbilical hernia be causing my smelly belly button?

Could my umbilical hernia be causing my smelly belly button?

Hernia: Possibly. If the hernia is creating a pocket or fold of skin, moisture can get trapped in there and get smelly. ...Read more

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Pelvic pain, abdo pain and smelly discharge from belly button. Possible DX?

Pelvic pain, abdo pain and smelly discharge from belly button. Possible DX?

See a doctor...: I would worry about an umbilical hernia, urachal cyst, pelvic infection, bowel obstruction, ovarian problem, etc. You can get better list from a doc who can do an exam and run blood tests. Best wishs! ...Read more

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I have a small lump inside my belly button and I keep getting smelly discharge ?

I have a small lump inside my belly button and I keep getting smelly discharge ?

Urachal cyst?: It seems likely you have a urachal (also called umbilical) cyst, a minor congenital anomaly. It should be corrected, which is a fairly minor surgical procedure: if not corrected, it could get infected, which would be at best unpleasant and perhaps serious. See your GP (ideally at a time when the discharge is present). Good luck! ...Read more