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Belly Button Fungus

Updated on July 21, 2009

Belly button fungus or fungal infections of the navel are certainly one on the spectrum of unusual diseases that you can get. The belly button or in fact umbilicus is simply the scar that was left from birth when there was an umbilical cord attached between you and your mother. It is also roughly your center of gravity. Most people don't really think about their belly button very often; unless they are ticklish perhaps.....or if they are getting their belly button pierced, and indeed it is unusual to get a fungal infection in your navel, but that doesn't mean it isn't possible. See, most people really only check their feet for fungal infection because athletes foot is so common, but your belly button can be a breeding ground for infection and fungi and because so few of us look at our belly buttons regularly, mild infections or growths can go unnoticed for a long time. Luckily, it isn't usually difficult to get rid of fugal infections, and with a few precautions, you can keep your belly button in tip top condition.

What are the symptoms of belly button fungal infections?

Well, usually, mild cases will present with very few symptoms initially - perhaps a mild discoloration, or red itchy skin in or around your navel. Sometimes you can get a white fungus like growth or something that looks similar in appearance to athletes foot (in fact it can be the same fungus infecting your navel!) More severe symptoms include pain and discharge or oozing of puss or blood. It's definitely a good idea to visit your doctor if you are experiencing and pain or unusual discharge, but often for milder cases, it is simple enough to treat yourself. Candida is often an infection in the navel area and is a yeast infection that can be fairly stubborn to clear up.

Why does the belly get fungal growth? Well it can be dark, warm and moist - insufficient drying when you get out of the shower, coupled with fluf collecting there from clothes can keep the belly button damp which is a prime territory for fungus.

The good news is that once diagnosed, belly button fungus is easy to treat. If you have milder signs and symptoms, wash out your belly button with some warm water and salt, make sure you dry the area carefully and keep it dry and clean. Always a good idea to visit your doctor (especially in more serious cases and if you have any oozing or discharge) with a course of antibiotics or anti-fungal creams.

One of the keys to getting rid of fungi and keeping them away is to make sure you wash and dry your belly button carefully every day. Some men who have a lot of navel hair may find it useful to shave a little bit off to help keep the area dry and clean. A small handheld fan can be useful to dry out the belly button properly. Fungal infections can also be a sign of a compromised immune system so it's always a good idea to order yourself some vitamin C and ecinacea to give yourself a little boost if you find yourself suffering.


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      Ishi 2 years ago

      I always put hydrogen peroxide in my bellybutton and then let it bubble all the way and keep adding more until it can't bubble any more. Use a q-tip to get everything out that you can. Follow up with alcohol to make sure it dries out well. This always fixes the problem for me.

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      southernbell21 3 years ago

      hey guys my belly button started hurting last night, today I woke to brownish-thick discharge on the outside of my belly button. I already have cream for it cause of my daughter's diaper rash BUT if it doesn't heal how can you get the smell out like is there any certain soap or something I can use and for the guy with black stuff in his belly button really need to go to the doctor cause your button might neeed to be sealed some doctor's don't do a good job sortd close and the black stuff could be bowel or stool from your umblicord getting damged at birth.

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      Amy 3 years ago

      Hey me too I have a red belly button bit inside... it has a white discharge... but my belly button doesn't itch that much just once in a while

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      grateful dave 4 years ago

      I noticed some minor discomfort about five days ago and thought nothing of it. then yesterday I noticed some redness around my navel and it was painful to the touch. tonight it is itchy and a little puss and blood came out. i started to bug out. anyway thanks for all your tips, if the problem persists I will go see my doctor. thanks again

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      Nicolealexandra 5 years ago

      I have my belly button pierced and about 3 days ago I noticed that I have small bumps in and around my navel, it's itchy and red and clear liquid comes out of the inside, I have a deep belly button. Does anyone know what I should do?!

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      Justice 6 years ago

      For about two weeks i have had some crust forming in it so i started picking at it, now i don't get it very often, but its pinkish, not pierced, and it had a cut in the bottom that wasn't bleeding, and i've beed using non iodized salt water and antibacterial handsoap (which makes it sting) for 3 days and its just giving me mild stomach aches. Help!

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      Fast Eddie Farren 6 years ago

      I have a severe pain in my bellybutton ( no discharge) my stomach doesn't hurt around my bellybutton but if i bairy push at all on my bellybutton it hurts VERRY VERRY BAD. im goin to the hospital tomorrow if i cant find some kind of help & advice.

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      Diane 6 years ago

      Hey Jeffrey---me too. I play tennis everyday. When it first started I didn't think much about it until after a month I started feeling some pain on and off. Went to DR.--was prescribed ani-fungi cream and it still doesn't go away--seems to keep getting worse!!

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      brandon westbrook 6 years ago

      i have strange black stuff in my belly button that has been there for year some times when i shower i try to wash it out but its stuck that a kind of belly fungus?

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      jeffery 6 years ago

      I must be one of the anfortunet fellows that gets fungi in there navel. i have had athletes belly botton for about 3 months. i have tried all kinds of creams perscribed by doctors and i always take care of it twice a day. it remains red. help help HELP HELPPPPP PLEASE HElp! i beg of you! please Help help help

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      Mrs. Belly Button 7 years ago

      I had the scary kind that has bloody discharge...I know ...yuck.. (also read somewhere that steroids can also contribute) which I had recently been taking

      and anyway, I went to the dr. and he prescribed ketoconazole (anti-fungal agent). So I am treating it with that, packing it with gauze, w/ medical tape to keep the gauze inside...

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      alivia 8 years ago


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      heartycindy 8 years ago

      so eecky!! i never knew this exist... nice info


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