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Old 09-04-2006, 08:59 AM   #1
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Belly button irritation?

Has anyone ever had irritation or discharge with your belly button? For the record, I do not and never have had it pierced.

For about 2 months my belly button has been dry and peeling on the inside. Then it will have a yellow discharge and the skin will turn red, and sometimes itches.

I went to a general doctor twice for this and they could not find any reason for this and could not figure out what it was. I used the medicine they told me to and once i stop the medicine, it just comes back... last time i was there they told me i might want to try i think it was... Lamisil? has anyone ever used this? I am thinking about going to a dermotologist because maybe they would know more.

Thanks for any input!

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Old 09-05-2006, 07:33 PM   #2
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Re: Belly button irritation?

I've had irritation in mine, from working out, or heat (i cycle a lot) to get rid of it I dip a q-tip in which hazel (a natural astringent / disinfectant) and swab it a couple times a day to clear it up.

Old 09-05-2006, 09:44 PM   #3
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Re: Belly button irritation?

thanks! where can i buy witch hazel?

my belly button is also really deep, so that might be part of the problem

Old 09-07-2006, 06:58 AM   #4
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Just to make sure that there isn't something more serious going on, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist. Better safe than sorry. It is probably a yeast infection or something like that but, with all that can go wrong with our skin these days, you should just make sure that it is nothing more serious.
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Old 09-08-2006, 03:53 PM   #5
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Re: Belly button irritation?

thank you for the advice can you get a yeast infection in your belly button?

Old 09-08-2006, 05:38 PM   #6
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Re: Belly button irritation?

you know what, after looking on the internet... i think that is what it is... the correct term is "Candidiasis". if that is what this is.. i am shocked that a doctor could not tell me that. though she did tell me to get an antifungal cream like lamisil. so i am gonna try this lamisil for a few days and if things don't look like they are progressing, i will go to a dermotologist.

i also get "Candidiasis" on my face sometimes in the form of "angular cheilitis" (it is when the area around my mouth starts to become red and irritated) and i actually have an anti fungal cream i use when i get that... i wonder if i am just more prone to these types of infections for some reason?

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Old 09-08-2006, 07:48 PM   #7
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Re: Belly button irritation?

Do you have any other symptoms? I had an on and off irritation and sometimes what looked like a discharge, and could pull out dry skin. Finally I started getting stomach aches and went to the emergency room with what everyone thought was a urinary tract infection. Since all the tests came back negative, they did a cat scan and found a very rare condition called a urachal cyst. Even my intern had never heard of it, and the radiologist at the hospital who found it, only had seen it once before. It involves major surgery, part of which removes the belly button. If the infection keeps coming back, you may want to mention this to your doctor-they will probably look at you like you are crazy, but it is a real condition.

Old 09-08-2006, 08:08 PM   #8
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Re: Belly button irritation?

my only symptoms are itchiness, redness, and a yellowish collored discharge of the belly button. there is never any pain is the main thing the doctor kept asking me. it kinda gets flaky and dry sometimes, and crusty (sorry if that is gross, but these are really my symptoms )

i'll start using this lamisil tonight and then see how things are in a couple of days.

thanks everyone for their help!

Old 09-09-2006, 01:09 AM   #9
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Re: Belly button irritation?

I had this exact same ailment in my teens. The doctor gave me an anti-fungal medicine and told me it was a form of a yeast infection.

The key thing that has helped this to NOT return throughout the years is to thoroughly dry my belly button after showering. I haven't had a problem since.

Good luck.

Old 09-29-2006, 06:24 PM   #10
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Update: the Lamisil did not make it go away. so, I went to a dermatologist and he knew what it was right away... turns out it is contact dermatitis to Nickel, basically I have developed an allergy to Nickel and it will be with me forever now. In the mean time he gave me a cream to use to make the irritation go away, though he said it could take a couple of months to fully heal. The exposure to Nickel was in my buttons on my pants, and when I sit, it touches that area a lot, so that is how it happened and he said the best thing I can do is avoid Nickel, and I was ordered to not wear pants with a button for at least a week.

I can't wait to get rid of this thing!!

Just wanted to update you all... this is a very common allergy for people to develop and it can happen in other areas, especially if you wear jewelry with Nickel in it.

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Also had a reaction to metal buttons on jeans. Would form a rash and then blister (after about a week). Also beware of necklaces, metal shoe lace holes, cheap silverware, and watches.

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