Belly button infection is a fairly common problem in people with pierced navels. However, infection of the belly button or navel can also affect people who have never had their belly buttons pierced.
Being a dark, warm and moist area, the belly button provides a favorable environment for the growth of microorganism like bacteria and fungi.
The chunky discharge is usually yellowish, greenish or greyish in color and often develops as a result of secondary bacterial infection due to scratching. At times, the condition can also lead to bleeding belly button due to too muck picking.
The infected belly button area tends to become warm and swollen, particularly when cause by belly button piercing. In certain cases, the infection can also cause nausea. Individuals with deep belly buttons are more at risk of developing navel infection.
Problems related to the navel, such as small amount of discharge and blood in belly button are also quite common in newborns. This happens when umbilical cord of a baby falls off within the first week of life.
How to Treat Belly Button Infection?
In severe cases, effective treatment of infection in belly button requires the use of antibiotics prescribed by doctors. Hot compresses can also be used reduce the pain and swelling.
In addition, you can clean the affected area with saline solution, tea tree oil, diluted hydrogen peroxide or alcohol to reduce bellybutton infection.
Belly button infection treatment in case of belly button oozing discharge can be done by applying white vinegar. Alternatively, you can also use a mixture of baking powder and water. However, make sure you do not use both these remedies together.
Although, do not apply any antiseptic ointments as they tend to block the pores and hence cause obstruction in skin breathing. If you still are intent on using an ointment then at least use any water based cream or lotion.
In order to avoid belly button infections, you need to be careful as to wash the area with a mild soap but do not rub it roughly. After washing allow the area to dry properly.
In case of belly button piercing, make sure you get your navel pierced by a professional as it is quite a tricky task. Also, when choosing belly button rings, opt for a ring in stainless steel instead of nickel so as to avoid the chances of developing belly button infection.