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What Do I Do If My Belly Button Is Infected
Don't swim: You should avoid exposure to water that may further infect your wound. ...Read more
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
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?
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
Discharge: You may have discharge, redness, tenderness.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
See answer: Pain, redness, possible discharge, swelling can all be signs of a possible infection. ...Read more
Belly button is pink, crusty and there is yellowish fluid forming around it. Could it be infected?
YES1: Try hot moist packs every 3-4 hours. If it doesn't help, see pcp! ...Read more
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
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
Usually: Nothing is need but it will be more protective ...Read more
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
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
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
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