Help! My belly button is maybe infected - need advice!
I noticed it is kind of overly moist and kind of weepy, and the moisture is a bit stinky. And when I look deeper in it (sounds weird), it is red! Is it possible that I have a yeast infection inside of my belly button? That is what comes to my mind from these symptoms because I get that sometimes on the crease under my hanging-over belly. When the first symptoms under my belly show up, I just dab on some anti-fungal clotrimazol (1%) cream (usually called "Athlete's Foot Cream" in the store) and it clears up almost overnight. I've never ever experienced any problems with my belly button, so I don't know how to approach it. Would anything bad happen to me if I put some clotrimazol cream inside my belly button in case this is indeed yeast? Or is this more likely to be something else?
I do not have any incisions in my belly button. The only thing I can think of is that I work out a lot, so maybe my belly button is sweatier than it ever was before? Not sure. I've also lost over 60 lbs, so the skin of my belly and belly button is changing a bit, I assume.
Thanks for your help!
Sounds like a little infection. First, dry your belly button - if it's a little deep, try a Q tip gently to absorb the moisture. Getting the moisture out will help the skin be less vulnerable. It is either a yeast infection or the other thing that lives on our skin, bacteria. It won't hurt to put some clotrimazole on it. If it is yeast, as you already have seen, the redness will go away in a short time. If it is bacteria however, the clotrimazole won't help at all and I would put an antibiotic ointment (bacitracin, or neosporin, etc) on the skin. If it is a bacterial infection, the clotrimazole might make it a bit worse because it will kill any yeast around and that makes the bacteria happy - they kind of compete for a life on our skin. So, if the clotrimazole makes it worse, go right to the antibiotic. Just like the infection you have had under the skin fold before, you should be able to clear this up at home. If it just spreads onto your abdomen you'd want to have it checked but that is not likely.
If it gets itchy, then use the creme.
But if you're ever considering to get a tummy tuck/panni removal covered by insurance, then you should probably call your Dr so it's documented in your chart about your skin issues.
The best bet is to keep it as dry as possible. I get infections in there all the time so to help that and to prevent it, I blow dry my belly button after every shower and I don't take baths because the standing water can hurt the infection.
I wouldn't recommend sticking Q-tips in there either, or even applying any creams.
Talk to your PCP about getting an antibiotic, or see if he/she suggests using a prescription strength antibacterial/antifungal cream. Stay away from anything OTC as those will make things worse before they make things better.
If you have any pus or anything coming out, see your surgeon or your PCP as you'll want to treat that as soon as possible.
And it will stink to high heaven if you don't keep it dry.
Hope it heals up soon.
(Also, it might be wise to document these infections as documentation of infections are key to getting insurance companies to pay for plastic surgery.)
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put the same cream in the belly button or get some anti-fungal powder.
I get the doctor to prescribe Nystatin powder because I want DOCUMENTATION of my issues so that when I need my tummy tuck I can have insurance pay for it.