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Belly button bulging?

Belly button bulging?

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

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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The bulge above my belly button does not hurt?

The bulge above my belly button does not hurt?

Please rephrase : From your question it sounds like you expect the "bulge above your belly button" should hurt. Is that correct, or was there a typo? ...Read more

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I have a real small bulge above my belly button but hurts only sometimes?

I have a real small bulge above my belly button but hurts only sometimes?

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

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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?

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?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more

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When I lay on my back there is a bulge above belly button centre of rib cage, afraid could this be terminal?

When I lay on my back there is a bulge  above belly button centre of rib cage, afraid could this be terminal?

Not to Worry: Its the bottom of your sternum ("Breast plate") called the "Xyphoid Process" a piece of cartilage , thats all, perfectly benign. NOT to worry and don't poke at it..I know you are! It will just make it sore! ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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