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What should I do if my belly button is infected?

What should I do if my belly button is infected?

See answer: Keep the area cleaned and use a topical antibiotic cream, if the area does not get better or worsens, than you need to see a dr. For an evaluation. Best wishes. ...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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What can I do if my belly button is infected and i'd like to go swimming?

What can I do if my belly button is infected and i'd like to go swimming?

Don't swim: You should avoid exposure to water that may further infect your wound. ...Read more

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How to know if my belly button is infected after belly piercing?

How to know if my belly button is infected after belly piercing?

Any combo below: Red
hot
painful
oozing fluids or pus
very tender
expanding zone of redness
if present see a physician
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How do I know if my childs belly button is infected after the stomp has fallen off?

How do I know if my childs belly button is infected after the stomp has fallen off?

Omphalitis: Signs of infection in a recently separated umbilical stump (omphalitis) would be (1) foul odor (2) purulent discharge (3) redness around the skin (4) warmth to the area, greater than surrounding skin (5) bleeding possible (6) infant sick with fever. Its rare, less than 1% and occurs within the first week of life. If in doubt let your pediatrician or family physician check it. ...Read more

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8wk old baby I believe belly button is infected. Has a smell to it and something poking out I tried cleaning it with peroxide it started to bubble up?

8wk old baby I believe belly button is infected. Has a smell to it and something poking out I tried cleaning it with peroxide it started to bubble up?

Possible infection: You need to take your baby to a dr depending how significant this is it needs to be treated with topical antibiotics and if there is cellulitis (tissue infection around the belly button your baby may need systemic antibiotics. ...Read more

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After having hernia repair my belly button is infected for 7 mths now! How can I get it healed?

After having hernia repair my belly button is infected for 7 mths now! How can I get it healed?

Reoperation?: If you had a mesh or permanent sutures placed, they may need to be removed in order to get the wound to heal. Best to see your surgeon for a follow up exam. If that is already being done, and not helping, consider a second opinion from another general surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How does a belly button get infected?

How does a belly button get infected?

Many ways: If you don't keep it cleaned. If there is any foreign object. If there is any injury to skin of the belly button. ...Read more

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I am wondering what helps cure a infected belly button?

I am wondering what helps cure a infected belly button?

Medical care: Keep the area cleaned and use a topical antibiotic cream, if the area does not get better or worsens, than you need to see a dr. For an evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Infected belly button tumor, what should I do?

Infected belly button tumor, what should I do?

Contact your MD: Please talk to your doctor and consider antibiotics or drainage. ...Read more

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What to do about infected belly button piercing?

What to do about infected belly button piercing?

Infected navel: Piercing. Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Seek medical care for infected piercing. ...Read more

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Is hibiclens ok to use on infected belly button?

Is hibiclens ok to use on infected belly button?

Hibiclens: Is a skin cleanser with antiseptic & antimicrobial properties. It can be used in this manner. But if there is a significant infection - please seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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If your belly button itches does it mean its infected?

If your belly button itches does it mean its infected?

Not always: The navel may itch due to yeast infection, contact dermatitis (soaps, lotions or piercings), eczema, hives, and stretching of skin during pregnancy. Bacterial infection is another possible cause. Some people may experience itching with an umbilical hernia. ...Read more

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What to do if my 7wk old baby has a infected belly button?

What to do if my 7wk old baby has a infected belly button?

Time for a visit: The presence of redness and swelling or oozing from the site and skin around the belly button is rare at 7 weeks and can be a sign of a progressive and dangerous skin infection.In the short term, cleansing the area with rubbing alcohol can help dry and heal a simple belly button granuloma, but I would have the doc look it over in the office. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat an infected belly button piercing?

See your doctor: See your doctor to confirm if it is infected and what medicine you might need for care. This type of infection can potentially be very dangerous due to its location. ...Read more

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I have an infected belly button after getting it pierced, what do I do?

I have an infected belly button after getting it pierced, what do I do?

Locally desinfect: Some infections are local infection that is they stay in one area, such as in your case; however, in some occasion this type of infection may spread and become more dangerous, if it is local then, it can be cleaned with either peroxide or iodine, but if you develop fever, and your belly button become very red, warm to touch then you look for medical attention. ...Read more

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Tried EVERYTHING recommended on infected belly button ring for 2mnths & NOTHING works/helps. Old piercing, no probs b4. Please help.??!

ProofIsInThePudding: Everythinnnnnng? Hmmmmm? Did you pour hot chocolate pudding into it? Or see a psychic healer? Or, oh wait, how about seeing a regular ol' doc? One who'll look for a small pocket of pus or a foreign body (or evidence of alien abduction)under the skin with an ultrasound? Or probe for a small unhealed sinus tract? Or skin detritus that commonly collects there and impedes healing? Do so if the pudding fails ...Read more

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Could I take doxy-cycline for an infected belly button piercing?

Primary Hygiene +Yes: 20 y/o Female asks, Could I take doxy-cycline for an infected belly button piercing? Sounds like one already has doxy-cycline available and is not allergic to it. Primary Hygiene is still important to keep area clean. Yes doxy-cycline can work for some skin infection but be sure to see an MD if infection does not clear in a few days or so. ...Read more

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Will the belly button get infected 5 weeks after larposcopic appendectomy?

It can: Usually, if an infection is going to occur, it does so in the first 2 weeks or so. A suture that has not dissolved or a permanent suture may have gotten infected. You need to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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It is possible that a belly button piercing be infected with no puss but pain?

It is possible that a belly button piercing be infected with no puss but pain?

Possible: Pain could be the first symptom, with possible infection under your skin (without pus). If the pain persisits, see your dr. For an evaluation of the area. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had a belly button piercing recently. How do I prevent it from getting infected?

I had a belly button piercing recently. How do I prevent it from getting infected?

Keep it clean: Keep the site clean and flush with hydrogen peroxide. Apply some antibiotic ointment (neosporin) several times a day until healed. ...Read more

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14 days of diflucan (fluconazole) followed by 10 days of augmenting and my belly button is still infected. Help!

14 days of diflucan (fluconazole) followed by 10 days of augmenting and my belly button is still infected. Help!

Culture my be needed: Sounds like you have a persistent infection my be from instruments used for pricing, did not respond to Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) which is a broad spectrum antibiotic, then culture my be needed to determine affecting bacteria and prescription of the proper antibiotic required.. ...Read more

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My belly button piercing is red all over and has fluid, but it only hurts when it's hit or when I move certain ways. Is it infected?

My belly button piercing is red all over and has fluid, but it only hurts when it's hit or when I move certain ways. Is it infected?

Possible: It can be anywhere from mechanical irritation to an infection, bacterial or fungal. Have your doc take a look at the area, maybe have the fluid cultured if infection is of concern. In the interim removing the piercing, if possible, keeping the area dry and covered and otherwise normal hygiene, only water and soap should suffice. ...Read more

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Red and itchy belly button piercing. Could it be infected? How do I treat this?

Red and itchy belly button piercing. Could it be infected? How do I treat this?

Contact dermatitis: The metal may be responsible. If drainage, pus- remove the ring, antibiotic ointment like bactroban (mupirocin) locally bid. See pmd. ...Read more

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I had a tummy tuck 5 yrs ago. They put my belly button back. Is it normal for my belly button to keep getting infected?

I had a tummy tuck 5 yrs ago. They put my belly button back. Is it normal for my belly button to keep getting infected?

Cyst or suture: Although delayed healing of the umbilicus is very common, once healed it will usually stay closed. Prolonged wound drainage may be an indication of a cyst or suture abscess for infection of permanent sutures used to repair the diastasis. If this does not respond to a course of antibiotics, removal of the suture could be a simple solution to your problem. ...Read more