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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What does it mean when your belly button leaks yellow fluid?

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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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What does it mean if my belly button is leaking?

What does it mean if my belly button is leaking?

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. John Despain
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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What would cause my belly button to leak a clear fluid?

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. Martin Raff
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My belly button is leaking a clear fuild and it smells really bad...Wht is going on?!?

My belly button is leaking a clear fuild and it smells really bad...Wht is going on?!?

Several posibilities: You may have developed a bowel fistula, there may be a cyst, or other issue. The main issue is that this is grossly abnormal and should be seen by a physician. My choice would be a general surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Johnny Roy
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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. Robert Dorsey
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Dr. James Ferguson
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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?

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. Tom Pousti
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After surgery is it normal for your belly button to leak clear liquids?

After surgery is it normal for your belly button to leak clear liquids?

Possibly.: Best to run this question by your surgeon. The answer will depend on exactly what procedure was performed. Drainage from incision lines may be a sign of a complication, which should be addressed by your surgeon. For example, signs of infection include drainage, redness, swelling, fever/chills… on the other hand, depending on the specific procedure, the leakage may be of no concern. Best wishes. ...Read more

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