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Belly button discharge

The belly button can easily become infected by Candida, or other fungi - it is just the sort of warm, moist crevice that fungi like. If you have a fungal infection the belly button will look red, and the redness may extend to the surrounding skin for a few millimetres. It may be itchy.

Bacteria may also infect the belly button, often taking advantage of the damage already done by the fungi. This leads to scabbing and a yellowish discharge.
Redness may not be an infection at all - it may be caused by psoriasis, a skin disorder. On the arms and legs psoriasis causes scaly patches, but in moist areas like the belly button there is no scaliness - it just looks red and shiny. Usually, but not always, you will have psoriasis somewhere else on your body.
An American researcher has investigated the tendency of male belly buttons to fill with fluff from clothing. He found that hair on the abdomen tends to collect fibres from clothing (especially soft clothing such as T-shirts). Abdominal hair often seems to grow in concentric circles around the belly button, so the fluff becomes directed into the belly button. To prove this, the researcher shaved his belly and found no more fluff was deposited in his belly button until the hair grew back. He concluded that this belly-button fluff helps to keep the belly button clean and dry. (Medical Hypotheses 2009;72:623–5).

What to do about belly button discharge

  • Resist the urge to pick or scratch.
  • Don't try to turn your belly button inside-out to clean it properly - just wash it gently using water to which you have added enough salt to give it a salty taste (about a tablespoonful in a bowl, or two handfuls in the bath). If you have a shower, use the shower head to rinse it well. Carefully dab it dry.
  • Don't dab on any antiseptics, or add antiseptic to your bath water. This could irritate the skin and make it worse.
  • Stop applying any creams from the chemist - they could be making it worse.
  • If it doesn't start improving within a few days, or there is a yellowish discharge, see your doctor. You may need an antibiotic cream.
  • A very rare type of bladder cancer can extend into the belly button. This is called ‘urachal cancer’ and is extremely unusual, Another rare situation is a lump in the belly button from an internal cancer such as the gut or pancreas. So these are more reasons why you should see your doctor if the problem does not clear up.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Thursday, June 2nd 2011


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Posted by Optional on 11/05/2019 at 08:36

I have this itchy feeling around my naval one week before periods. Then it starts discharging foul smelled liquid and stays wet all the time till my periods get over. The process starts again next month. My naval has turned a little black. Kindly help or suggest something

Posted by Person on 06/02/2019 at 01:02

My belly button is sometimes red and there is a wet smelly odor. What do i do?

Posted by Optional on 21/09/2018 at 07:51

I had a seed looking thing in my bellybutton, I had no idea it wasn't supposed to be there. its been there for years, it came out the other day. i tried to figure out what it was, so when I broke it open it reeked what was it? what do i do? help

Posted by Shorty on 12/09/2017 at 02:16

I have a bellybutton piercing for about 9 months now and now inhale a rush that just appearing on it what should I do what can I do to get rid of it

Posted by A person on 17/08/2017 at 11:16

My belly button is red all inside and at times it is flaking and maybe sometimes even wet on the inside and i dont know what it means. PLEASE HELP ME

Posted by Optional on 03/08/2017 at 11:08

I have had a swollen belly button for a YEAR. A year ago there was discharge, but never again! This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of, medically! NO PIERCING EITHER!

Posted by Brandon on 01/08/2017 at 02:39

I've had some discharge and a very bad odor coming from my belly button. What kind of home remedies can I try before going to the doctors as I don't have insurance.

Posted by Optional on 10/07/2017 at 02:15

Thanks you . I tried Tea tree and it's WORKED. My belly button back to normal. No more discharge and swelling is gone.Thanks for your advice.

Posted by puppy on 22/05/2017 at 06:59

i have the same problem but no piercings I don't know what to do please help me

Posted by Optional on 21/04/2017 at 07:38

My belly button piercing has become very red, I've changed it because I lost the ball to the other jewelry and changed it out and now it is very red all down where the piercing is. It's very hard to touch without hurting or sit. Is it just irratated? It is also discharging a water like liquid. should I be worried? What should I do?

Posted by Hamish on 18/04/2017 at 01:53

About two weeks ago I developed a tenderness around the abdominal area. It wasn't anything that stopped me living my life and I wasn't pressed to take any kind of painkillers. The only time I noticed a soreness was any time I contracted my abs (e.g. sitting up.) A week after that, I woke up to find the soreness gone, but a brown crust around my belly button and quite a bit of discharge. I have spent the past week cleaning it out with salt water. I think there is less discharge, but I still haven't resolved it completely. If it doesn't clear up in the next couple of days I will be seeing the doctor, and will let you all know what happens.

Posted by Concerned on 21/03/2017 at 05:29

sometimes i would stick my finger in my navel to find semi solid brown matter clumped onto my finger, it produced a strong pungeant odor which almost made me puke a few times. used to lie down a filled up my navel with turmeric water and salt. it was cured within a week

Posted by Piyush on 06/03/2017 at 04:19

Some discharge is their in my belly button. How it will be cure. Kindly help me soon.

Posted by Optional on 27/11/2016 at 05:57

For about 4 days my stomach has been grunting around the belly button area. I figured it may have been me just eating to much. But the other night I stretched and went to rub my belly and felt a liquid. I did further examination and could see a yellowish brownish color coming out of my belly button. It had a small smell. I'm only 13 and don't want to worry my mom until I have better information on what's going on

Posted by U on 23/09/2016 at 02:10

Found this extremely helpful...this really minimized my anxiety about this issue of mine......

Posted by Optional on 03/09/2016 at 11:14

My bellybutton has suddenly become super red over just a day with some swelling inside. it hurts to touch it and after cleaning it with an alcohol swab, my belly button is filling with yellow discharge every few minutes. I know i should keep it dry, how often should i clean the discharge?

Posted by Optional on 26/04/2016 at 12:12

At the age of 14 i had surgery through my belly button and a couple weeks later the self disolvant stitches started coming out through my belly button.. they had barley dissolved at all. After the surgery my belly button had been red for months, discharge that had a smeel too it came out alot aswell. I took it that it was most likely from my surgery however i am now 16 and it still occurs alot. Particularly after sex, i also now have my belly button pierced (it never got infected thankfully)

Posted by sailha on 10/03/2016 at 05:56

I have belly button infection it started two months ago there is no pain or any irritation but puss like thing is been discharging plz help me to get out of it I faced same problem a year ago but it cured by it self but this time it became a problem plz give ur suggestions

Posted by cindy on 23/02/2016 at 10:56

I've read your advic I wil do so with the salty water... but my belly button is so sensitive at the ends it's cracking and I can't even touch it... inside and out. I blowdry it after a bath...I'm sterilized my baby is 6years and it starded after his birth. I went to the doctor several times but she said its normal and face nothing to put on. I need help asap the smell is awful

Posted by Carl on 16/02/2016 at 02:26

I had a really bad smell coming from my belly button so i cleaned it and found infection inside. Sometimes it hurts really bad and whenever i clean it blood starts coming out. Please someone help im really worried about it :(

Posted by ᴋᴇʟʟʏ on 10/02/2016 at 09:37

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Posted by Optional on 08/02/2016 at 12:52

This helped a lot, I was really grossed out when I saw it was there

Posted by ifeoma on 08/01/2016 at 06:58

I have navel pain any time am see my period and blood is coming out from my bellybutton I don't know what to do pls help

Posted by Optional on 06/01/2016 at 06:39

I have a belly button ring and my red bump keeps going down and coming back what to do? It keeps coming back and it be itchy and smelly.

Posted by Optional on 31/12/2015 at 06:44

My belly button is very red, from the inside and from the skin around it is red and it hurts and every time i clean it some weird clear slightly yellow liquid comes out and it smells but it makes my belly button hurts a lot and itch and i dont know what to do but pray.

Posted by Optional on 25/12/2015 at 06:04

i've had this for about 3-4 days and i didn't know what it was so i picked at it but i stopped as soon as i knew what it was. it now hurts around my belly button. did i do something bad?

Posted by tina on 23/12/2015 at 03:43

My belly button has an red/orange dry/creamy discharge... I took a q-tip and the qtip was filled with it. Never in my life have I ever had that bad of a belly button... now I have one month until I can get a check-up... how serious are most issues with discharge in the navel area?

Posted by maui on 09/12/2015 at 05:33

Hi, I'm only 12 years old. yesterday I found out that my belly button discharges water with smell. I wanted to find out why this happens it is only 2 days but the water keeps on discharging it is just water in color and not yellowish. I just want to have an idea regarding this coz I don't want to bother my mom with this atleast for my own knowledge. Thanks!

Posted by Optional on 05/12/2015 at 12:53

I've noticed a few times inside my belly button there's sticky yellow stuff or sometimes crustys. I don't know why this is happening, I clean my belly button but it always comes back. I just noticed there's a red spot, kinda looks like a sore inside on the left side of my belly button. Has anyone else had this problem? Should I see a Dr?

Posted by Optional on 28/11/2015 at 07:23

I am having this belly-problem. It stinks and some kind of red (blood-like) liquid is being discharged...It's not any kind of cancer right? It used to be like this a few months ago, and then stopped( I used to clean it with water everyday while bathing and then cleaning it nicely with towel ). And now, it had started again. I think this happens when, on the regular basis, I do a bit physically stressful work. Can you suggest me what kind of doctor should I meet?

Posted by Optional on 22/11/2015 at 06:44

With In two days. A lump as appeared in my belly button.. It hurts and it's red and infiltrated. It's braining a bloody liquid and hurts alot. is it a cyst?

Posted by Optional on 16/11/2015 at 06:39

i have had this discharge for about 4 weeks now, and i can't seem to get it cleared up? it smells horrible and it oozes a cloudy yellow liquid? please help

Posted by Optional on 25/10/2015 at 01:39

My belly button is extremely deep and narrow I'm not over weight but I I weigh 138lbs so I have a little pooch. Either way all my life my belly button has gotten infected it itches and I can feel a great pulling sensation from what I assume is the other end of my naval. Its impossible for me to keep my belly button dry its that deep and narrow and sweat is inevable. It hurts to wipe with qtip. So I'm at a loss on the to do.

Posted by Optional on 22/10/2015 at 06:29

A year ago i tried to clean my belly button but ithink I've irritated it cause it stinks a lot and is red. Otherwise, there's some discharge and when i rub it its gross and smell bad. Do i have an infection?

Posted by Optional on 02/10/2015 at 02:33

I woke up this morning. My belly button was hurting really bad. I took a shower and cleaned it. I got out and dryer it. It still hurt. I waited a couple hours and it still hurt I cleaned it and red and yellow liquid came out. Do I have a problem?

Posted by Optiona on 27/09/2015 at 07:35

I am really scared there is a red\ pink round thing in there that popped up and it wasn't there before I hope I don't have anything internal bad I need help fast!

Posted by Optional on 31/08/2015 at 05:08

Tea tree oil cleared my problem up. Just use a Q-tip dipped in tea tree oil, and swab your belly button. Clears up rapidly. Try to keep the area dry, and use tea tree oil periodically to prevent re-occurrence. Pleas do NOT use Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, or any fluoroquinoone antibiotic for anything other than a life threatening situation when there is no alternative. fluoroquinolones are extremely dangerous. The side effects can be death, paralysis, psychosis, blindness, deafness, and over 100 other nasty side effects. Avoid them at all cost, and only use antibiotics when necessary. A culture should always be done to determine exactly what the infecting organism is, if any.

Posted by Optional on 21/08/2015 at 08:41

Yellow substance is coming out from the belly button form pervious 3 days while I am in period from that 3 days.........I had a severe stomach pain during these days.....really worried................

Posted by Optional on 07/08/2015 at 03:23

Had keyhole surgery 5th this month. Noticed smell from belly button nasty smell. I clean it gently with salt water using ear buds

Posted by Optional on 16/07/2015 at 05:35

About 3 days ago I had a dry crusty substance that was only about as much as the size of a small pea all total. Well, it's continued for the next 2 days and isn't any worse and there's no pain in or around the umbilicus. Some lower abdominal pain, but no pain in urination or obvious blood in my urine. Any thoughts as to what this can be?

Posted by SUCCESS on 31/05/2015 at 04:54

SUCCESS! Hello, is my story... For about 2 months my naval cavity was discharging blood and a yellowish liquid. On occasion some sharp pain arose in the abdomen area. After browsing my naval I saw what appeared to be an open sore. I self-diagnosed myself with an infection. So, 2 days ago I decided to see a doctor. The doctor had the following theory. He said that as babies our umbilical cord filtered our blood since our kidneys were still developing. After the cord is cut a small hole remains and he said it may open up over time and get infected. He recommended that I see a urologist for surgery to close the hole. Yeah.....not going to happen, Doc! I asked him to prescribe some antibiotics...he gave me Cipro...Then I came home, did some research and a couple days later there is no more smell, no more pain and no more blood. What remains is a little clear discharge, but it doesn't bother me. Warning! I am not a doctor! You should go to a doctor first before you try any home remedy! The following procedure should be done at your own risk. 1. Buy triple Anti-Biotic ointment. Get prescribed a Fluoroquinolone. (Anti-Biotic that targets bladder area) 2. Take some a table spoon of hot water and mix that with a dab of ointment......we are going to create a diluted version of the ointment so it doesn't stick inside your navel, which would make things worse. 3. Lay down and apply the solution to your naval. You are going to want to be comfortable because I recommend letting the solution do it's magic for 5-10 mins before you remove it. I like to massage around my naval while it's in there to make sure I am working the solution into the infected area. 4. Afterwards, put in some lukewarm water and clean out your navel very carefully and very thoroughly. It is EXTREMELY important to dry it. Most likely we got this infection by leaving water in our navel cavities, so it's time to break the habit and start DRYING your navel every single time you exit the shower. Do this two times a day. You could even do it once with each dosage of anti-biotics, as mine say twice a day. I would love to hear feedback if you have success with my remedy. God bless. Stay dry. Stay safe. Stay healthy!

Posted by Optional on 28/05/2015 at 04:35

Once i applied mustard oil on my belly button, from dat day that area turned red and started releasing some watery substance.Is there any home remedy for this? What can i do to treat dis ? What could be the problem ?

Posted by mvociousl on 20/04/2015 at 07:31

Hello, I have had discharge since before I had my second kid. This was in 2012 i first noticed the discharge when i gained a bunch of weight like 20 pounds but never really could tell the doctor. Anyway it started back up in 2014, also i started to get horrible, agonizing back pain. Pain that did not let me sleep. It went away a bit then i became pregnant for a third time. Still had the smelly discharge off and on. Then i miscarried. Now at the beginning of 2015 i got the belly button discharhe and back pain again. Went to rhe doctor and she said my "muscles were soft" since i havent worked since 2013 but i have two kids. She totally discriminated against me. She sent me to physical therapy. Then my pain flared up again badly. So back to the doctor i went. Then she did an xray. Nothing. Then an ultrasound. Turns out i have gallstones and a possible benign tumor in my kidney. So....i told them about the smelly discharge and that i kept thinking i had a uti,but they would test me and say it was negative. They never ran any other tests on me other than bloodwork and i also have been dealing with anemia ever since i,lost the baby in 2014. Why? Why did none of these doctors ever put two and two together.and this latest doctor couldve had me tested before she sent me to physical therapy which made my pain worse. Now i breathe hard if i just get up to get some water. I cant have greasy or fatty foods. And i have to take pain pills and im in pain 24/7. Because nobody ever paid attention to my symptoms or took me seriously. Now im waiting to have surgery and find out exactly what is wrong with my kidney. Honestly screw the healthcare system in the u.s. its all a vicious cycle of making people sick, but not sick enough where they die so they can keep buying medecine.

Posted by Optional on 20/04/2015 at 02:18

I,ve always kept my navel clean although i hate touching it. Its the feeling i get but its just sensitive, this last few weeks i,ve been getting an itch in it and a hard crust inside and out, i suffer with bowel problems and bleed from my bowels, also have ecezma and other health issues, i use non scented shower items and moisterisers, this is bothering me as i have cysts so my doctor tells me what the lumps are, i wld never be rough with my navel b,cus its a weird feeling cleaning it, so i,ve very careful.

Posted by Optional on 07/04/2015 at 09:43

My belly button has a small ball of yellow puss by the top hole . What should I do?

Posted by Aaron on 20/03/2015 at 08:57

I have been getting a white-ish smelly discharge from my belly button that seems to contain black fluff when i clean it out, recently the inside of my belly button has turned red and can be a bit sore when cleaning it out, what can i do?

Posted by Optional on 19/03/2015 at 05:09

i had the umblical discharge for 6 days but nw it has stopped,,bt i still feel itchy navel with sligh reddish black colour...and sometimes slight pain also....what to do and what could b the reason ?

Posted by Optional on 29/01/2015 at 07:26

people with infected belly botton rings or think u have one there is something call sea salt spray u can find it at walmart n the juelry departmwnt spray it twice a day . Its going to sting a lil but ur live

Posted by Optional on 27/01/2015 at 01:02

I have a similar situation. I visited a doctor twice and he said its a fungal infection. Now the problem is that the rash comes and goes and itches very bad now am wondering what this could be. Help

Posted by Optional on 20/01/2015 at 09:55

I've had a reoccurring problem with my belly button. It's extremely painful right now with a very foul smelling discharge. It hurts to sit up. And I have to go in

Posted by Hello on 19/01/2015 at 04:48

Hello I had a my appendix out on October14 last year, but they have done key hole surgery on me, one of the cuts are in my belly buttom, now my belly buttom is very red, white discharge, and it's very painful, and very itchy aswell, I don't know What I should do can anyone help me??

Posted by Banana on 24/12/2014 at 07:03

This was really helpful.

Posted by Emma on 12/12/2014 at 03:50

This happened to me a few years ago. It scared me a lot so I went to the doctors. They took a culture of my belly button fluid with a long qtip and started me on antibiotics and a cream to put in my belly button with instructions to clean and dry it daily. It was a pretty embarrassing visit. When they got the culture results back they said there was no infection or fungus or yeast or anything and so it was probably just from water gathering in there. They said to stop the cream but finish the antibiotic and keep cleaning my belly button daily. I did my best to keep it clean, but started slacking over time. Now I've got a stinky belly button again, with some discharge if I put a qtip in there. It only started hurting when I started messing around with it trying to clean it out, before that it just stunk. Now it hurts when I bend over, which happened last time too. It's unnerving but I am not panicking because I've had all this happen before. I think I might try using saline water in a syringe this time. The hard part for me is actually drying my belly button well enough, especially without trying to turn it inside out like the article suggests against. I will try to remember to update here in a few days or weeks to let you know all know what happened. Good luck to everyone dealing with this embarrassing problem!

Posted by Optional on 08/12/2014 at 04:32

I Have a lump under my belly button had it for 4 months. Now it is sore with redness, what should I do?

Posted by Optional on 23/11/2014 at 06:15

a kind of brown liquid is discharging from my belly I want the reason of that

Posted by Anonymous on 23/11/2014 at 06:25

I have a problem in my belly botton.he leaking yellow liquid and i am worried !!! what wrong happened with me.No pain in my belly but every morning i saw my belly button fill with dry liquid so please suggest me !!! what I do??

Posted by Hey♥️ on 16/11/2014 at 09:32

I got my belly botton pieces about 7 months ago a little longer than that. How long can I leave my ring out before it will close

Posted by The cure on 21/10/2014 at 01:52

SUCCESS! Hello, is my story... For about 2 months my naval cavity was discharging blood and a yellowish liquid. On occasion some sharp pain arose in the abdomen area. After browsing my naval I saw what appeared to be an open sore. I self-diagnosed myself with an infection. So, 2 days ago I decided to see a doctor. The doctor had the following theory. He said that as babies our umbilical cord filtered our blood since our kidneys were still developing. After the cord is cut a small hole remains and he said it may open up over time and get infected. He recommended that I see a urologist for surgery to close the hole. Yeah.....not going to happen, Doc! I asked him to prescribe some antibiotics...he gave me Cipro...Then I came home, did some research and a couple days later there is no more smell, no more pain and no more blood. What remains is a little clear discharge, but it doesn't bother me. Warning! I am not a doctor! You should go to a doctor first before you try any home remedy! The following procedure should be done at your own risk. 1. Buy triple Anti-Biotic ointment. Get prescribed a Fluoroquinolone. (Anti-Biotic that targets bladder area) 2. Take a table spoon of hot water and mix that with a dab of ointment......we are going to create a diluted version of the ointment so it doesn't stick inside your navel, which would make things worse. 3. Lay down and apply the solution to your naval. You are going to want to be comfortable because I recommend letting the solution do it's magic for 5-10 mins before you remove it. I like to massage around my naval while it's in there to make sure I am working the solution into the infected area. 4. Afterwards, put in some lukewarm water and clean out your navel very carefully and very thoroughly. It is EXTREMELY important to dry it. Most likely we got this infection by leaving water in our navel cavities, so it's time to break the habit and start DRYING your navel every single time you exit the shower. Do this two times a day. You could even do it once with each dosage of anti-biotics, as mine say twice a day. I would love to hear feedback if you have success with my remedy. God bless. Stay dry. Stay safe. Stay healthy! -Kyle

Posted by Optional on 01/10/2014 at 04:13

My belly button is pierced and its infected. Recently it has got really itch and now im out in big red lumps what do I do

Posted by kinda gross on 30/09/2014 at 04:09

I have a sore belly, stinky clear fluid and red itchy bell button. I have never had this happen before. Tomorrow I have a Dr appointment, I will let ya know what he says about it. Wish me luck, ttyl.

Posted by Optional on 18/09/2014 at 10:16

Great info! It was clear and extremely helpful.

Posted by Diane on 08/09/2014 at 10:22

Thanks for the info. The fact that I could understand the info, that it got to the point and it was helpful. Yes I'm going to my doctors.

Posted by annie on 18/08/2014 at 07:02

I had 3 yeast infections and with the first i did everything this site recommends but it took a long time to go away. With the second and third i just used a syringe to rinse my belly button with dettol disinfectant and the infection was gone the next day! It burned a bit with my last infection because i left it too late and my skin was really red but it still worked so well. So I'm just wondering why nobody is recommending that method. Is it because it's the wrong thing to do?

Posted by James on 29/07/2014 at 06:11

I have a so called "infection" in my belly button it sucks. Can't do anything thing to get rid of it :(.

Posted by worried on 19/07/2014 at 05:10

I had a lump in my naval and squeezed it and a white hardish stoney discharge came out. I am in a lot of pain. I have had a CT scan and ultrasound scan that showed cysts on my kidneys. Would the discharge have anything to do with this?

Posted by Optional on 12/07/2014 at 10:58

URGENT !!!! You should have a Dr. look at it and do tests to determine if a yeast or fungal infection. My dear friend was misdiagnosed and given a cream for a fungal infection. It went SEPTIC and she was in severe pain and a ambulance ride to the hospital where with in 2 days she had 4 surgeries to remove gangrene. It was a yeast infection. It must be treated and kept regularly clean thru the day or can easily go septic again. My friend was not expected to live past 2 days but she made it. It has now been 5 months since she has been in the hospital and following that a Acute Care Center. She is still not home but at the Acute Care Center as of this date. They are saying one more month to go due to healing of a open wound made from belly button to underneath thru groin, thigh to back buttocks to remove gangrene. SEPSIS is to be feared and is a serious infection attacking one's body. So PLEASE do go in and make sure you do not have a yeast infection. They can take a looooong time to heal as it is and if it goes septic, you are in danger.

Posted by Optional on 08/07/2014 at 10:54

What do I do if I has very litter clear discharge coming out my belly button! I keep it clean with salt water but i don't know why it does it do it? And how can I stop it

Posted by Brandi on 18/06/2014 at 06:04

I am confused. I get a shower up to once or twice a day, so I keep my belly button well cleaned. For the past months just about every month for up to a week or so I have been having a smelly brownish discharge coming out and my belly button in the very center of it burns and gets a sharp pain. My stomach kills me right above my belly button and it is very tender when touched or if and when I bend over. I have no had any surgeries or children or piercings that could cause this. I need help and I'm confused.

Posted by Anthony on 15/05/2014 at 03:41

Hi everyone, I first had this problem show up once as a teen it cleared up and went away, I did not notice again until I was an adult, it happens every now and again. I was told by a doctor that this also can be caused by not properly drying after a shower or bath, he explained it like how a mother needs to dry out a baby's belly button after a bath because water built up inside the belly button will eventually start rotting our flesh, and proceeded with an example: look at what happens to your hands and feet after you have stayed in the pool for to long now imagine that everyday but without drying it. When I remember to properly dry my belly button I notice this problem rarely shows up but when I don't dry it out I normally have an incident once a year. So try cleaning it with water and maybe salt, and make sure it is dry as soon as you exit your water activities, hope this might help.

Posted by Optional on 29/04/2014 at 11:15

My belly button ring has been out for a couple months now. But it doesn't look like it has healed properly. It looks like there is still a deap hole where my ring was but it's actually black stuff. What can this be and how can I get it for my belly button to heal properly.

Posted by Amber on 10/03/2014 at 11:47

I have psoriasis all over body. Worse spots are under arm,privates, belly button,ear and head. Ive lost a lot of hair and always oozing. Im not working it was too painful.

Posted by Optional on 21/02/2014 at 02:04

Hi, I had a problem of burning like itching around my belly button, there is no red marks or something, it resembles a normal skin but now i am not having that problem, and i applied a ointment Cloben- G. For past two months daily i am seeing some cottony like stuff inside my belly button.

Posted by Optional on 31/01/2014 at 10:00

I get a white cottony mass when I return from school everyday It forms in my belly button what is this?

Posted by Brookie on 10/01/2014 at 05:45

My belly button is sensitive, inside my belly it has sticky and smelly stuff. It makes my belly button ring stick to my skin, which is painful... I don't know what to do. I'm about to scream. Anyone help please ... :(

Posted by Sher on 03/01/2014 at 12:09

Hi everyone I'm Sher and I have this white discharge from my belly button and it badly smells of urine its not itchy but very sour at the bottom I was tubed feed alot when I was a baby due to another medical problem. And it feels like a have a spilt at the bottom which is weird I have never felt it before

Posted by Optional on 26/11/2013 at 06:56

I have a blood bubble on my belly bar it bleeds to scabs up and is so sore my belly bar at the tops purple and now the bars to big help?

Posted by Abubakar Abdullahi on 06/11/2013 at 05:36

I noticed that I have a. Small. Lump above my umbilical cord. I consulted my doctor and heasked me if I experience pains or discomfort and told that I do not . He told me to ignore it. However after about a month I noticed growth of lump inside and around belly-button, under the skin. The lump/bump are very hard and there is a smelly discharge though not much. I also experience needle like pain particularly on the right side of my stomach. I have also noticed some three number of bumps on the left side of my stomach. I do not have any pains. A particular doctor told me that I have umbilical hernia while the second doctor told me that he is not sure that what is worrying me is hernia. That he would like to perform surgery on one of the three lumps on the left side of my stomach and send it for histology test. That he feels what ever is causing the lumps on the stomach may be what is causing the hard lumps around my umbilical button. I am really confused Pls. Help with information to assist me make an informed decision I have type 2 Diabetes. Pls

Posted by Optional on 31/10/2013 at 12:58

This has been ongoing fit a few days now. Having ear ache and build up, belly button is leaking white substance, lower back pain and some cramps. Is this inflamation or infection and should I go to the ER?

Posted by Optionalcadie on 17/10/2013 at 02:38

For as long as I can remember I have had a really thick smelly discharge in my belly button it usually happens the day after I have a bath, everywhere I have read about it says it's because people don't wash they're belly buttons properly however I always make sure mine is clean because of this problem so I'm a bit worried can anyone help

Posted by Kid on 13/10/2013 at 11:08

I was scratching then felt something in my bellybutton then got a torch to see and I had yellow stuff in it help I'm really scared

Posted by Chloe on 07/09/2013 at 09:15

Hiya I have had my belly pierced for over 7 weeks so I have changed my belly bar, but its to big now its infected wiv green gunge at the bottom of the wound, and its really sore what should I do?

Posted by Kristina Burdick on 09/06/2013 at 09:03

I am wondering what is going on because just starting today my belly button started itching and i itched it without realizing it could be a problem so now it hurts a little bit because i itched and there is a weird liquid substance inside of it and i can see it, i am just really hoping you can tell me what to do about, thank you!

Posted by Optional on 27/05/2013 at 08:35

Hey I was wondering if anyone is able to help me! I noticed that my belly button was dirty a couple of weeks ago under where the bottom ball of my belly button peircing sits. Not sure how long it's been like this but I went to the doctor and he gave me cream for the infection and its almost healed. Also for a few months now ive been having a horrible rotting like taste in my mouth. Been to the dentist and he checked all my teeth and he said they were fine! Today I noticed a thick white colored discharge from my vagina that has a terrible odour! Could these all be related? If so any ideas on what it is? Please help!

Posted by The kid on 15/04/2013 at 05:31

Every time I get this I go in with tweezers and pull out clumps of hair, attached is say a blood clod but this hair is different from that on my belly and is more like from atop my head and it feels as if some are attached deep inside my belly button should I check it regularly for such hair to prevent further infection? Please help I'm gettin real tired of this stuff

Posted by Optional on 01/04/2013 at 09:24

Theres a yellow discharge coming from my belly button and im scared

Posted by Optional on 29/03/2013 at 09:34

I've had my bell button pierced for three years. It started to hurt about a year ago and bleed a bit have noticed a red lump/tissue coming out of the bottom hole and there is regularly some discharge from it... this has caused itching around the hole. Iwent to see the guy who did it and he said i should wash it with salty water and make sure its thoroughly dry... i have done this and it has not helped and I am still in the same situation as a year ago, could it be the size of my belly bar? and how do i know which belly bar would be best for me if this is the problem?

Posted by Sameera on 26/03/2013 at 11:32

There's something white from the outside and brown from inside comes out from my belly button i'm scared :'(

Posted by Heidi on 18/11/2012 at 07:27

I have been battling umbilical discharge for 5 years now. It started about a year post op from a laproscopic procedure that ended up being an open abdominal procedure. It is painful! Especially to the left side of the abdomen. the drainage smells and varies in color and purulence. I have seen sooooo many Dr's about this. THEY SEEM TO BE OK WITH IT! they have doen Ct scans about 2 yrs ago, but saw nothing so act like I am crazy and just kept treating the obvious skin issue. I am supposed to have surgery the 10th of Dec. 2012. They may excise the umbilicus entirely. I'm ok with that as I just want to feel better. I have been on Biologic drugs for years due to my RA. I feel they just have let it go even though (I have great insurance by the way) I know this has compromised my immune system as well. I am now un trusting of the medical system, although I am part of it professionally and as a patient. I think they know very little about what is going on and hate to admit it. I am very nervous...

Posted by Optional on 13/11/2012 at 04:32

twinkle: my belly button is producing some yellowish colour substannce and its turns into crust after that and its giving off a nasty smell and i hate it i clean it with salt water but still nothing also there is a red blobba substance coming out of the botton hole and ive had it before but then its gone and now its back and is taking longer to go away im very afraid of this and i would like some help to get it away asap so please tell me what i can do to help it because its not nice and when my partner wants to kiss my belly i do not allow it becuase of the smell the piercing is giving off so i need help please thanks x

Posted by sky on 30/09/2012 at 04:34

Naomi: I realize this is over a yr ago that you posted but I read not too long ago that sometimes the belly button will not fully heal after the umbilical cord was cut right after the baby was born. If this is your case then it may lead to fluid secretion etc as described on here. You could get surgery to stop this - there's nothing to be embarrassed or afraid of as sometimes this happens to people youre not abnormal or anything if this is what it is. But just get checked to be sure :)

Posted by Optional on 29/09/2012 at 10:38

heeey im debbie , im haveing this problem. My bellybutton bar is always scabby and green/yellow stuff comes out of it :/ its very scarey im afraid to take it out. Also theres a lump at the botton bar its inside my skin. At the start i use t clean it with hot water and salt now im useing (TVP) can you tell me whats wrong with it and what should i do because im afraid of what might happen ...... thanks x

Posted by Alisha on 01/07/2012 at 10:34

I got my belly pierced 2 years ago and it migrated while healing so i took it out and waited till it heal for 6 months then when i re-pierced it it was much hotter and i had it in for 7 months every time it got infected..and swollen i treated it with peroxide and alcohol every time it started to heal it become infected again so i took it out...i want to re pierced it the third time any advice

Posted by Anonymous on 30/05/2012 at 07:47

I was told by the doctor to just clean my belly button with a qtip and some rubbing alcohol. I am not to comfortable just cleaning it that way maybe I should get another check up. But this info really helped me realize that I need a second opinion because i don't want it to be infected.

Posted by Naomi on 09/05/2012 at 07:25

Hello, I have found a tiny hole in my belly button which is getting sore and discharges and smells.. Is this normal or shall i go to the doctors?? The hole is quite deep, any ideas what it could be??

Posted by Optional on 03/04/2012 at 06:14

I had my belly pierced three years ago had no problems with infection, a few months ago I removed belly bar as it was too tight due weight gain I put it back in a few days ago and had to remove it after a few hours because of the pain now its red and I have a temperature and generally feel unwell do I need to go to my go all advice is for recent piercings, I have been bathing it with salt water and using tea tree oil

Posted by Optional on 17/03/2012 at 12:57

I had my belly button pierced about 10 months ago and had not problems with it. when I tried to swap it for a different bar it seemed swollen and I couldn't get it in ( this was less than minute after I took it out)Now I have something black inside the hole that sort of peaks out of the top. I had planned to get it done this evening but I know I should be careful with piercings. what should i do?

Posted by Optional on 05/03/2012 at 12:40

clear water type stuff coming out of my belly button its red all around the belly button

Posted by Optional on 13/02/2012 at 01:07

I think it may be a fungal infection , but I don't know , I just want it gone! Its itchy , and red lil bumps are there , and I think there is like discharge or something . This whole "rash" just started this year , its weird

Posted by Optional on 29/01/2012 at 11:45

SOLUTION:: Going to the doctor is a great option as they could rule out any possible dangers. But if its just fungus or bacteria: Be sure to take a shower and after drying the area - gently apply VAGISIL cream-- do it for a week - twice a day and the smell and pain/discharge should go away. It worked for me and my doctor prescribed it! Good luck all

Posted by Optional on 23/01/2012 at 04:53

What makes makes man navle shrink

Posted by Optional on 21/01/2012 at 09:45

Hello everyone, A great way to get rid of Belly button discharge and other belly button funk is to topically (and internally) apply organic virgin coconut oil. I know, it sounds a bit unconventional, but, coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-microbial. It also helps to rid your body of yeast. It gets rid of germs and heals infections. It helps to heal your skin, in addition to getting rid of the germs. When ingested internally, coconut oil rids your body of any germs or yeast that you have inside your body as well. When a problem shows on the outside, it usually stems from an imbalance on the inside. Two brands I recommend are Nutiva and Tropical Traditions. You can also go to your local health food store. Remember to ask for organic virgin or cold-pressed coconut oil for the best results. Hope this helps! Taheerah Barney

Posted by Optional on 20/01/2012 at 06:48

No piercing. This is all on its own. I have a very deep tight bb, and considering I'm OCD I like to keep it very clean...I've always had black stuff in the creases and never thought much of it but it always hurts really bad and is sore for days after I clean it, I know putting objects in your bb isn't such a good idea because it just makes it more sore. But the build up of black stuff keeps increasing and I'm not sure what's causing it, I did just get over a yeast infection but if it were related I think the antibiotic would've helped, and I've had this for much longer. Everyone is commenting on red and yellow, what about black? Ps try olive oil and a tissue instead of cotton swab, less intrusive.

Posted by Optional on 19/01/2012 at 12:39

Hi, I'm 19 and for the ppast couple of days I have been getting this pain when I press my bellybuttton. It is even painful if my trousers go ontop of it. Not sure what it is or what's causing it. There's no redness or iritation so I'm am abit confuse. Does any one know what it could be?

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Posted by Optional on 23/12/2011 at 10:23

Thanks for the information. I was quite freaked out!

Posted by Optional on 08/12/2011 at 02:56

Never ever ever ever ever put anyhig but saline solution or an anti microbial (not antibacterial) soap on ANY even ears piercings. some antimicrobial soaps have lotion in them which is better bc it keps t from dying out. btw anti microbial soap is what surgions use!!

Posted by Optional on 26/11/2011 at 06:44

Even i have the same problem as mentioned above but not as high level as u have mentioned at some places. In my case lot if dirt gets accumulated aftr sum time and it smells badly sumtimes. So should i follow the same procedure as given above ir u would suggest me some different options. Shoudl i apply any thing to that.?

Posted by Optional on 17/11/2011 at 03:18

hi i got my belly pierced about 2 months ago and i just noticed to day that the bottom half of piercing of the skin is raising around the ring and started to bleed just a tiny bit . does this mean it infected in any way . and another thing is just like a week ago i started cleaning it once a day before i was doing it twice a day.

Posted by Rita ruthex on 07/11/2011 at 10:59

Pls i av a diseases on the down side of my tommy,it's black in colour, and it's itching me it was very small but now it has grown bigger and irritating and painful, i took dis drugs kETORAL-200 USP it's not workn what is the cure pls

Posted by Taylor on 06/10/2011 at 01:58

I need help my belly button is red around the hole some days it leaks green stuff but only a little and then some days it leaks white creamy stuff and other days it doesn't leak anything can anyone help me to yell me whats wrong with it. I got it pierced 1 month ago thanks

Posted by Optional on 25/09/2011 at 11:20

in 2005 i was diagnosed with stage 2 kidney cancer, my dr. removed my kidney and so far so good but, since this has happened i have gross awful dicharge from my belly button. i shower everyday and make sure i clean it very well. i also clean it with a qtip dipped in alcohol. nasty nasty nasty

Posted by Muzz on 13/09/2011 at 10:55

I have no idea what this is, but Im fairly certain I dont have a belly button infection or discharge of any kind. Unfortunately, I scoured the web and cant find anything even close to what Im experiencing. I keep finding these brown-rust colored stains on the front of my boxers directly below the waistband and above my groin. The stains are ONLY in the front and ONLY on the outside of my boxers. Theres no odor, visible dirt or stains on my skin and its always in the same place so I dont believe its actually rust or bleach or anything from the washer/dryer. Belly button looks perfectly clean, no redness, pain, or smell. I know sometimes people can get infections or dirt and sweat trapped in between abdominal fat, however Im not obese and these stains are very smell and no where else to be found. Anybody have any idea what this is?

Posted by Optional on 18/08/2011 at 12:07

I have a discharge that is white that comes from my belly button but it only happens once a month beginning during ovulation and continuing until my period is completed. I thought it may be from having a tubal. Four years ago the same discharge began leaking from my c-section scar on the same time table. It has been 22 years since I had my son via c-section and only had one in my life. Don't know what this could be and never have been seen for it. But the discharges have a terrible odor not like a yeast infection but a rotting smell, and is clear at times then yellowish at times. It causes itching and pain, sometimes the skin bleeds and the scar splits open. After my period it all heals until next month.

Posted by Quiana on 15/08/2011 at 09:03

Ok so im 15 and i am black and first off my belly has been leaking a yellow fluisd and second off the skin around the top ball is darker than the rest of my skin,,can some on tell me if there is anthing i can do about this please.?

Posted by susie on 13/08/2011 at 10:46

I have discharge that is coming from my bellybutton and it is really smelly eg like cheese and it really red and sore.

Posted by Optional on 06/08/2011 at 10:33

my mum has been hassling me to put anticeptic on because she thinks it will help my belly button heal faster. Before i was going to put it on, i read this. It's very helpful, thankyou very much.

Posted by Optional on 17/06/2011 at 04:05

For Katherine that hard point that is black sticking out of your belly button IS NOT PART OF YOU!!!I had this too its a long HARD piece of lint over teh years gathers and hardens to a waxy outer cover with a tufft of hair on teh other end!!YOU NEED TO pull it out with a tweezer TRUST ME ITS EXACTLY WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT!!!you tug on it and slowly pull it out,I do it every 10 years it creates over an inch long form of the inside of a cavity in your navel!!A hard black looking stick or seed,you will feel so good after,i want one to grow again soon as its satisfying to remove!!TRUST ME ITS NO JOKE PULL IT OUT!!!

Posted by Optional on 15/06/2011 at 11:44

ok, so im 14 and i have had my belly-button pierced since i was 13 and to answer the person who said they've had it done for two weeks and it itches, that means its healing, as long as it doesn't swell or stuff comes out of it or other gross stuff...your good and mine got infected twice , so i cleaned it snd it healed so...its no big deal.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2011 at 09:07

My Husband didn't want to tell me about his belly button.. but i caught him itching it and he confessed to having a smelly odor and puss come out of it. This site has been super beneficial b'c it can be embarrasing. I've found out it's actually somewhat common regardless how clean you are. Thanks for sharing the info Doctor!

Posted by Axolotl on 15/04/2011 at 09:53

Just thought I'd write to reply to all the people who are panicking about their belly button piercings to give a little advice from a piercer..... 1) making sure you WASH YOUR HANDS before you touch your piercing is the main thing to remember, if you haven't washed them, you'll introduce bacteria. 2) just clean it twice a day, don't get carried away with cleaning or this can make it worse! Use salt water to clean it, a teaspoon of salt dissolved in half a cup of boiled water is fine. 3) if you're worried about your piercing, go back to the place you got it done and ask their advice. They're the experts!! Good piercers will always be happy to help you with any problems, so go somewhere with a good reputation! 4) leave your piercing alone!!! It'll take a couple of months to heal but longer if you're constantly fiddling with it!!!! :) Hope this helps someone, sorry for the epically long post!:)

Posted by Alicia on 14/04/2011 at 12:55

I just got tested for std's and i came up positive for chlamydia, and i believe my belly button piercing is infected as well. Is it safe to use the barbel even after cleaning it?

Posted by D. G on 23/03/2011 at 08:42

Hi..ive had this problem goin on 2yrs..through out that time this has happend to me four starts off with a small lump inside my bellybutton on the lower right side,then as a day or two goes by it gets bigger,it hurts(very soar),then it lets out this yellowish discharge and it smells really bad..i need some answers and i dnt want to go to the doc...can any one help??

Posted by Optional on 22/03/2011 at 07:15

Is It Ok Knowing I'm 12 To Get Me Belly Button Peirced .? Please Comment With Answeres

Posted by Emily on 22/03/2011 at 04:15

My belly button is red and it smells really bad it also has some yellow around the top

Posted by Optional on 17/03/2011 at 08:48

I suffered from this problem off and on years ago. My belly button would become itchy and have a slight smell. I used peroxided and that always cleared it up.

Posted by Felicity on 04/03/2011 at 07:53

I got my belly pierced like 1 month ago and it has yellow discharge coming out of it sometime and after is gets hard. Do i need to see a doctor? Can i change my piercing?

Posted by mary smiley on 28/02/2011 at 08:11

Iv had a infection in ma belly button for the past 4 weeks its had a yellowesh discharge and the smell was unbearable my doctor has prescribe two lots of antibiotics n some cream wit stroides shes sent a swob to the labs and is come back abnormal so she prescribes the right medication which iv completed the course but its still bleeding and the yellow discharge is still thy but the smell has gone. Plz can u help me

Posted by Optional on 14/02/2011 at 03:08

thirty-six years ago I had a C-section. Soon after I started having an itchy navel. This went on for years and within the last two years more symptoms have developed, yellow discharge and eventualy wiithin the cycle a seed with a hair come out of the area after scratching and trying to dry out the area. I use a square of toilet paper to insert and try to keep the area dry. After the seed with hair in it is removed then I have a period of time where there are no symptoms.

Posted by Mrs.Belly Button Problems on 14/02/2011 at 02:47

I was having a discharge with an odor from my naval and after trying to treat it with pain relieving triple antibiotic with no results. Then after sev days, I went to the Dr. & he said it is a fungus related not bacterial and prescribed some anti-fungal cream and told me if I packed it with gauze to be sure and "leave a tail" on the gauze so that all of it would be removed (that I'd have a worse prob if I left gauze in there!)

Posted by Bannanas are deliscous on 10/02/2011 at 01:51

Hey i am just saying how do you get it infected i am getting mine soon and i dont want it to get infected!

Posted by Sunny mukherjee on 01/02/2011 at 04:48

basically in winter everyday i found something like white cotton in my navel.. why this happend?

Posted by Optional on 23/01/2011 at 08:24

i have the most awful odour from my belly button no discharge or soreness just this awful smell im constantly using wet wipes to clean it all the time any ideas whats causing it.

Posted by Optional on 20/01/2011 at 12:05

My Belly button has been hurting when it is pressed on. There is NO bumps and it doesn't hurt when I stretch.bend over or anything like that. I have tried neosporin but that doesn't seem to be doing it. I'm getting annoyed and do not have health insurance. I had my gallbladder removed over a year ago. has anyone had this?

Posted by Optional on 25/12/2010 at 08:56

I Had this problem before but it went away, and now I got really worried because it was really irritated and red but now thanx to this info I can tackle it and move on..

Posted by lolfunnygirl on 24/12/2010 at 08:26

i have a bump in my belly button and today i popped it and oze came out and the ball is still there but i dont know what it is so yeah.... please help is it just an infection

Posted by katherine on 08/12/2010 at 06:17

I got my belly button periced almost 2 weeks ago. and this grayish discharge is coming out. Its redish around it, but also its crusting. I dont know if thats normall. I clean it every 4 hours with the sea spry the person gave me. Is my belly button infected?

Posted by jamie Xx on 29/11/2010 at 03:59

is it ok for a 12 year old to get there belly pierced and could it stop you from having children when i am older

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Posted by Optional on 25/11/2010 at 06:16

i get itchy in my navel. it started when i accidentally scratching my navel a bit n there's like there like a bump like a mosquito bite on the edge but small.. and it becomes itchy more after tht day.then appears red and there's also yellow fluid. it've been 1 week. very itchy.. what should i do to overcome this?? thnk u

Posted by Optional on 23/11/2010 at 05:28

I have had this problem for years now, but have always been too shy to talk to a dr. about it. My boyfriend thinks it's crazy and disgusting, and has even gone as far as putting hand sanitizer inside my belly button, which made it burn like a ring of fire. THanks for the tip, I hop this helps with my "poo button"

Posted by Heather-Joan on 22/11/2010 at 08:06

People have to clean their belly buttons? I know you have to clean your piercings but cleaning your belly button? Really? Seriously? And they get stuff in them, like fuzz and infections? The only time I had ever ventured inside to clean or pay any mind to my belly button is after my laproscropic surgeries to get the bloody crust off of the incisions. This article was weird and blew my mind. And some of these comments are weird and I assure you that you cannot get an STD in your belly button...that individual is horribly, grossly misinformed. I think over 75% of these postings are people who are period and grossly misinformed and who are paranoid. And that is my solid gold, professional opinion.

Posted by Optional on 09/11/2010 at 07:24

I will try your tip with salt, thanks

Posted by Optional on 30/10/2010 at 04:27

I hadn't cleaned my belly button in like the longest so i had my boyfriend clean it. I just layed in bed and he brought out q tips and cotton balls with alcohol, lotion, salt water, and anti biotic and it really did the trick.

Posted by Optional on 19/10/2010 at 04:16

My belly button has been doing this also, I've been really embaressed about it. It leakes yellow discharge and it gets crusty. I'm really disgusted with this, and it stinks. I'm not sure what to do, this article just says to clean it... Should I be getting medication also? Thanks for the article, helps to know I'm not the only one.

Posted by Optional on 18/10/2010 at 01:16

I Have Hard Yellowey Scabs Kind Off Im Ny Bellybuttom And Its Really Itchy And Some Times Sore,. And Its Smelly Aswell Its Quite Embarrising And Dont Really Want To Go To The Doctors About It,. But Is The Best Thing To Do Is Go TO The Doctors? And Can It Effort Anything Else Ecept My BellyBotton?

Posted by Optional on 15/10/2010 at 10:38

i was clening my belly button n i thought igot some belly button fluf out but it started moving i got 3 out there like green wi hair like legs n tenticals made me feel sick what are they ? anybody

Posted by Alissa(: on 07/10/2010 at 04:32

I got mine done about 2 weeks ago and I dont exactly clean it as much as I'm supposed to and i'm afraid it is or is getting infected because it itches a lot and it is a little red around the top and when i moved it to clean it there was pus coming out... what do i do? should i be worried?

Posted by Anonymous on 25/09/2010 at 01:45

please help... i didn't know what a belly button infection was when I read this... a few days ago I decided to clean out my belly button and I think I was a little too far and scratched some skin off inside my belly button..then for afew days it has been itchy, red, and growing yellow crust every morning..!! Thank you for this post Doctor..!! I hope my belly button infection will not turn serious..):

Posted by Joe on 21/09/2010 at 09:05

My belly button has been infected with yellowy/greeny liquid like pus as well as crusty scabs. It also stinks and is very red and itchy. It's pretty revolting to be honest. I've had it for about a year and im at my wits end now. I don't want to go to a doctor when I have such an embarrasing and completely disgusting problem. The smell alone is enough to make me cringe. But I have tried everything to try and clear this up. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Crissi on 20/09/2010 at 02:53

Hi. I've had my belly pierced for about 7 months and it's healed and stuff. Before my piercing I was kinda anal about cleaning my belly button, but because i couldn't take off my barbell (that the "ring") I couldn't clean it. I finally got the guts to take it off and was disgusted to find all this dirt and whatnot in my navel. I tried the usual cotton swab in rubbing alcohol thing, but the dirt is really stuck. I got most of it out but how can i clean it really throughly?

Posted by Med. on 13/09/2010 at 02:21

So at the end of July I had dance camp at Valpo Unversity. I took a shower evryday there because we worked for over 12 hours each day. Well when I left my friend noticed a few bumps on her inner thigh that itches on both sides. Then the next day she came over and My tummy was itching by my belly button, well there was a bump there, and it hurtt. So i put a bandaid on it bc something was in it and i pulled it out. It was like a zit, but red and itchy and didnt have what evers in a zit. Then the next day I noticed my bellybutton was itchy too, so my mom said to clean it, well i did, then like a week or two later weird liquid stuff that smelt horrible was in it. My mom said to clean it, i did. Then the next day theres orange stuff all around it. Finally i used something my mom gave me and this chaifing relife (sorry cant spell) in it. Then it went away. But now its back. A few weeks ago it was dry. So my mom gave me some dry skin lotion on it so it wouldnt be dry. Well now. its all backk. It is the most annoyingest thing that has ever came to me, Please help me! I have swimming in 3 weeks for school!

Posted by Optional on 31/08/2010 at 07:47

i have bellybutton dischanges so smelly...and sometimes i fel pain me out!

Posted by Optional on 30/08/2010 at 04:48

for some time i have felt a sharp point inside my belly button which irritates me, probably because i know its there. it doesnt smell at all and i am unable to pick it away. if i try and pick it away it appears to be part of my body. ive since turned my belly button inside out which made me feel queasy and its actually a sharp black point protruding from the centre. I did not have this previously because i didnt see it in pregnancy when my button went totally flat. Im worried about what it may be. As i say, i cant pick it away or melt it with washing - it actually appears to be part of me. It is very sharp and hard almost like a nail. any ideas? thanks Katrina

Posted by Sarah on 16/08/2010 at 03:25

What do you recommend as everyday hygiene for a normal belly button? Let water wash gently over it, or get in their with a finger and give a proper clean? A urologist recently told me that they ALWAYS remove lots of fluff and stuff from navels before operating so I guess it doesn't matter - basically what I'm asking is: is the healthy belly button self-cleaning, like the vagina, and best left?

Posted by Optional on 11/08/2010 at 09:06

white cotton like discharge from umblical cord hole..wat it is? why it is coming? wat is the remeady?

Posted by Optional on 25/07/2010 at 08:55

my belly button is wet since i have fever and something red point in my skin last january 2010 .. now its wet and red around my belly button...

Posted by Worried_ on 10/07/2010 at 12:43

Well I found that my belly button is a bit wet and smelly inside and it's really freaking me out! I want to try cleaning it with warm water and cotton swabs but I'm not sure if I should. This has happened a few times before so should I just wait a few more days and see the results?

Posted by rahul on 14/06/2010 at 08:25

some yellowish color liquid comes out from my belly botton,its no were paining,but initially it was a kind of muscular pain...almost 20 days goen but its not getting rite......wat should i do even now i am taking antibiotics.....

Posted by Catherine on 02/06/2010 at 01:30

After weeks of my belly button itching and being smelly and wet i finally managed to pull a large lump of something out of the inside with a pair of tweezers. It was SO disgusting but really satisfying.

Posted by Optional on 15/05/2010 at 02:42

Hey there, A couple of days ago i was cleaning my belly button, i observed a strange smell, i thought it was just dirty, after 2 days i saw that it became red and a bit painful, the smell still persists, i'm reading a lot of things on the internet and i don't quite understand what to do. I don't want to put any creams without asking a doc's advice , but i also don't want to go to him for something silly, please let me know if there is something that i can do:) Thank u.

Posted by Optional on 03/05/2010 at 03:51

i have discharge fom the belly button also it has been a little swollen & tender ?

Posted by Peter on 21/04/2010 at 02:25

Every two or three years I get light greyish coloured "fluff" in my bely button. Sometimes the belly button becomes reddish and slightly itchy. To remove I pick and flick it (outside) and then wash my hands just in case.......... After typically a month or so (without treatment) the symptoms disappear. Can you enlighten me. Thanks

Posted by Reid on 13/04/2010 at 06:55

Thanks this maid me not so scared I thought I had some bad problem

Posted by Optional on 06/04/2010 at 05:16

I've just gotten my belly button done its been about a month. This is my second time piercing my belly. My belly button feels fine but everytime I clean it. It seem my hole of the piercing is getting smaller and my belly ring is going to fall off.

Posted by Optional on 08/03/2010 at 01:08

i have come to the conclusion that most people have stinky belly buttons. also to anyone wondering about the grossness of umbilical cord.... they are all gross, the gooeyer they are the quicker they come off. dont use the likes of baby powder. just something i learned from having all my babies...

Posted by Mika's mommy on 27/01/2010 at 08:39

My baby's belly button is red underneath the umbilical cord where it's falling off and it's green where it's still connected should i be worried?

Posted by Anonymous on 21/12/2009 at 01:19

around my belly button is a bit red and itchy I cleaned the inside of th belly button and the swab had yellowish/light green dishcharge and had a FOUL odor I clean it out fairly well and now its very itchy inside the belly button what should I treat it with ?

Posted by Anonymous on 11/12/2009 at 07:57

my son has liguid in his beely button that stinks it is tender to the touch but isnt red at all. it forms yellow crustys. should i take him to the doctor or what is wrong?

Posted by Jackie James on 19/11/2009 at 08:12

i have an STI in my belly button.. possibly chlamydia

Posted by Anonymous on 04/11/2009 at 12:10

My Belly Button Is Red But Have Liquid Leaking Out Of It Also Have This Problum Somewhere Else On Ma Skin, Its Causing Some Discomfort, Am i In Any Danger?

Posted by ouch on 27/09/2009 at 02:13

hello,my belly button, in side the whole of my acctul belly btton it was a redd spot with a bitt yellowy too,is it infected and if so how do i treat it..also my 12 year old sister has hers done too and the same has happend with hers

Posted by Anonymous on 26/09/2009 at 07:03

I got my belly pierced about 4 weeks ago. Recently when i push my belly button piercing up or down yellowish goo (looks like puss) seems to come out. There isn't any pain or anything..and I keep it very clean! I think it might just be water from the shower..or even the anticeptic i got, that gets trapped in it or something. anyway no idea... please help!

Posted by Anonymous on 12/09/2009 at 12:18

thx this was a great help

Posted by Anonymous on 17/08/2009 at 11:39

My belly button is to deep, so I have a problem with it when I went through my periods there is blood coming from it until a finish my periods and I'm in pain right through it. I am so worried that it may affect me when a want a baby.

Posted by Anonymous on 06/08/2009 at 06:40

The inside of my belly button where my belly ring bottom is, is red & it looks like really raw. It has a disgusting whiteish-yellow discharge, & it's really crusty. I don't know if it is infected, but I really would like to know. The same thing was happening to the top like a month ago, but it went away on it's own. I keep hoping the bottom will too, but it hasn't seemed to get any better. PLEASE HELP!

Posted by had belly infec on 22/07/2009 at 01:37


Posted by jessy griffit on 08/07/2009 at 12:36

i also have belly button discharge, its very painful, but its also green. i've emarrasingly used my boyfriends electric toothbrush to get at it, but the nozzle was too large and got clogged with my belly gook, WHOOPS!

Posted by Ebony on 23/05/2009 at 09:23

I have read up on belly button discharge mine is yellowish and is very painful sometimes I need to press on it just because it hurts when I walk, I can feel something like a tube pulling from the left hand side, and I usually have pain in the left hand side of my stomach and which goes into my lower back left hand side and down into my vagina almost like Im having contractions, Ive had a child and I know something is contracting as it feels like im having labour pains. This contracting lead me to having a miscarriage at 17. Pain has always been on the left side since the age of 10 years and my stomach is exremley tender to the touch, my smears show nothing, sexual health shows nothing, but I do suffer from high urik acid build up, which I need to take allpurinol tablets for, could you please advise thankyou

Posted by GoodBoy on 29/04/2009 at 12:40

ThANKz for this post...

Posted by Anonymous on 09/03/2009 at 11:15

5 months ago, i noticed on my penis, the join of skin between my foreskin and the head of my penis became sore and as i looked closer i noticed that it had become torn. please help as it is very sore everytime i have sexual intercourse and it also seems to tear a bit more everytime!

Posted by Wendy on 19/01/2009 at 03:35

Thank You sososo much this is a realy big help you should have more of dis info

Posted by redness belly button on 30/12/2008 at 05:19

I have a redness belly button... I need to know what should I clean it out for that....

Posted by Errol on 17/12/2008 at 11:37

I been having a smelly discharge from my belly button and discharge has a unique appearance which looks like vaselin cream and very sticky. Has any got advise for me thank you.


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