If you think of all the different holes in your body that may be infected you could completely disregard your Belly Button . But navel infections are absolutely one thing. For this one can thank the natural structure of this body part.
Bellynails contain many wrinkles that allow the build-up of dead skin cells, perspiration and various microorganisms, eg. B. Cynthia Bailey, a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and founder of Bailey Skin Care tells SELF. In addition, people often neglect to wash their navels well, adds dr. Bailey added. (Or … at all.)
Like other areas of the body, your navel naturally contains bacteria and fungi . If you do not clean your navel regularly and the circumstances are right, microorganisms can multiply and cause infection, says Edidiong Kaminska, MD, a dermatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, about SELF. There are also some other mechanisms that are behind the usual belly button infections:
Here you can get five different navel infections together with their symptoms.
. 1 A Staph infection
Technically, any type of bacteria can cause a navel infection, says Jules Lipoff, a professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, to SELF. However, Lipoff says that the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus are often behind navel infections because they generally cause many skin infections.
Staphin infection can manifest in a variety of ways, including as a highly contagious condition called impetigo, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (19459026) (AAD). Non-bullous impetigo can cause symptoms such as itchy wounds that burst and leave red, raw skin along with a yellow crust, says the AAD . Then there is bullous impetigo, which can lead to fluid-filled blisters bursting and leaving crispy wounds, says the AAD . Between the wounds and the crust, the two types of impetigo have a lot in common. A major differentiator between them is that bullous impetigo does not tend to cause reddened skin, whereas non-bullous impetigo does AAD .
Staph skin infections can also lead to abscesses in the Merck Manual which are basically warm little egg pockets that are under the skin.
It's possible to get a bacterial infection like Staphyloid in your navel, because that's what your body decides for the day, but getting a navel piercing is a big risk factor, Dr. Lipoff. "[It’s] the most common reason why I've seen an infection in a navel," she says.
If you get pierced your navel ask your piercer for the difference between the normal healing process and possible signs of bacterial infection. Also follow carefully the instructions for your piercing aftercare.
If you've recently had a navel piercing and believe that you may have an infection (or if you think you have a navel infection period), you should visit your dermatologist or go to a Nursing Center according to severity of your symptoms. Your doctor may try to find out what type of bacteria is causing the problem and then offer treatment with antibiotics to help.
. 2 A Strep Infection
Streptococcus Bacteria are another common cause of skin infections overall and especially for navel infections, Dr. Lipoff.
Like Staphylococcus aureus Streptococcus Streptococcus ] can cause impetigo. It can also lead to cellulitis, which is usually the case when group A streptococcal bacteria enter your body through an opening in the skin (eg, a cut), as in US. National Library of Medicine .
Cellulitis can cause a painful, red, tender, swollen rash that can lead to blistering and crusting, US. National Library of Medicine says. It can also spread through the skin and affect the underlying tissue, so you can get Fever chills and swollen lymph nodes. If you notice these types of symptoms, seek a doctor with ASAP for antibiotics .
. 3 A fungal infection
Your vagina has no monopoly on yeast infections . This type of infection can also affect your mouth, throat, esophagus and, if it happens, the navel.
The medical term for this fungal infection is candidiasis and happens when Candida (yeast), which normally lives on your skin, gets out of control, say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you get this in your navel, you usually notice a red rash, flaky skin, a clear discharge, itching, and burning, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine .
If you & # 39; If you're pretty sure you have a yeast infection in the navel, see a doctor like your family doctor . You can recommend anti-fungal treatments to help, says dr. Bailey.
. 4 An Infected Epidermoid Cyst
An epidermoid cyst is a non-cancerous elevation that can show up on the skin almost anywhere, including the navel, says the Mayo Clinic . It is basically a perpetrator with equal opportunities.
Epidermoid cysts usually form when skin cells that you should have become stage 5, which bore into your skin and grow instead, says the Mayo Clinic . This can happen if your skin is extremely irritated or injured in any way.
You may have an epidermoid cyst with zero problems on your body for years, Gary Goldenberg MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, tells SELF. But sometimes these cysts can break and become infected, says the Mayo Clinic  .
If an infected epidermoidal cyst lurks in the navel, it probably looks red, feels painful, and may have a stinking yellow or green discharge, Dr. Kaminska.
Four words for you: Not. To press. The. Cyst. Even playing with a cyst may, according to the Mayo Clinic cause scarring and other infections. See your dermatologist instead. You may want to empty or remove the cyst and if necessary, prescribe antibiotics to treat an infection. Meanwhile, the Mayo Clinic advises putting a warm compress over the cyst to help with discomfort.
. 5 Tallow cysts
are similar to epidermoid cysts except that they occur due to clogged oil glands or hair follicles, as in the Mayo Clinic .
As with epidermoid cysts sometimes A sebaceous cyst is just a nodule that has no unpleasant symptoms. However, if your sebaceous cyst becomes infected, it can lead to redness, heat, and a fragrant outflow, which the Cleveland Clinic calls "cheese-like." Who is ready for a snack?
If you have a sebaceous gland, your doctor may drain, remove, and offer medication to remove the infection from your body when needed. A warm compress can feel good here as well.
To prevent these infections, keep your belly button clean!
While regular cleaning of your navel can not guarantee it will never get infected, it can take a long time. Kaminska. She recommends washing the navel with normal soap and water. If you have an innie, use a soap finger to really dig in all those nooks and crannies. It only takes a few seconds, and it's much quicker than eventually seeing a doctor to find a navel that looks horrible.