Re: bleeding belly button
I found this board because of the same reason, this old thread: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=63250&highlight=umbilic al+cyst+punctured+belly+button
This originally happened to me a few months ago, it was incredibly painful. I had no insurance either, but after about 2 weeks I gave in and went to the emergency room. I thought it was a cut, they told me it was infected, gave me a week of antibiotics and said to come back if it didnt stop bleeding, but otherwise did nothing. Ended up going back in another 2 weeks because it still persisted. Gave me more antibiotics, told me it was probably a cyst, needed to drain and dry out, but again nothing else. So now, 5 weeks in, better but still bleeding, tired of waiting hours only to be told nothing. So I took a tiny desk fan, made a few tubes out of bendy straws, attached them to the fan and stuck them in my bellybutton. Stopped bleeding in about a week. The main problem seems to be drying it out, considering the area. A normal person, ok, but us?
I had a small flare up a month or so later, did the same thing, lasted only about a week. Had a big flare up last week not as painful as the first but uncomfortable, trying it again, seems like its working, but if its still bad Ill probably go to the er again next week to make sure it isnt infected.
If you think its at all getting infected, go to the er or dr, it wont heal that way. In the end Im sure the antibiotics did most of the work. Otherwise there's some good info in that thread about keeping it clean. Such an odd thing to happen, but pretty awesome to be able to see Im not the only one. Good luck.
I just saw that the thread is from April, thats when it first happened to me. Weird. Posting anyway maybe it'll help someone.