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What Does It Mean When Your Belly Button Bulges
Hernia: In my experience the most commong cause is a hernia of the umbillicus or belly button. This can occur even in young women, often after pregnancy, after surgery made through the umbillicus such as laparoscopy and sometimes for no obvious reason at all. Best to see a doctor and let them examine you and make a recommendation as to what it is and how best to treat. ...Read more
Hernia: It sounds like you may have a small umbilical hernia. The only way to definitively diagnose it would be by seeing your physician. These types of hernias may be sore or tender, but if the bulge becomes large or painful, it may become an emergency. I would get this checked out at your earliest convenience. ...Read more
I have a bulge near my belly button on my left side it doesnt hurt all could it be a baby or is it something else?
I have a small area of swelling a couple inches to the left of my belly button with no pain, just a bulge. What could this be?
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My 3 year old has a bulging stomachs. On the right and left side of his belly button seems like a round bumpy thing, it doesn't hurt him, what is it?
When I lay on my back there is a bulge above belly button centre of rib cage, afraid could this be terminal?
I have a 2 inch diameter bulge about an inch to the left of my belly button on the semilunar line.It is not causing pain,what could it be?
I can feel a small bulge on the top & bottom of my belly button. It is red and swollen and appears to be open more than normal. What can be wrong?
Possible Infection: An umbilical hernia can present as new onset bulging at the top or bottom of the umbilicus, a.k.a. belly button. This may also give it the appearance of being outwardly protruded, if that is what you mean by open. All that said, hernias are not usually red and swollen, unless something is wrong or there is some type of infection present in the area. Suggest having this evaluated in-person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer