A smelly belly button is commonly a cause for concern because it generally means an infection or similar skin condition. Normally associated with belly button discharge also, there are a number of reasons as to why you might find you suffer with this smelly condition.
Why have I got a smelly belly button?
The belly button is a scar on your body. Not just a scar it’s also a crevice and without correct care and hygiene standards, you’ll soon start to notice things going awry.
When you dry yourself after a shower or bath, do you dry your belly button properly? If you don’t you’re running the risk of discharge and a smelly belly button because of bacterial and fungal infections. Luckily, this is a relatively easy problem to treat.
A good wash with clean, warm water and some antibacterial soap is a great idea but make sure you pat dry the area thoroughly afterwards. It is not advisable to put cream (antiseptic / antibacterial / etc.) on dry or broken skin because it doesn’t allow the wound to breathe and this can creature further problems.
Do you have a naval piercing? If you do, you may find that the piercing itself has become infected. Look around the holes of the piercing – is there pus or bleeding, dry skin, redness or irritation? These are all common signs of a piercing infection and the best thing to do is take the piercing out, give the area a good clean with some warm water and a teaspoon of sea salt, and leave it to heal by itself.
If the problem has been caused by a fungal infection, there are a number of over the counter remedies you can buy to kill it off so have a chat with your local chemist.
There are a number of reasons why you may find that you have a smelly belly button and the ones we have discussed are the most common. There are a number of times that the odor could be caused by something else and just one of those is diabetes. This can cause a discharge similar in texture to cottage cheese and a foul smell also.
How to treat and prevent a smelly belly button
As we’ve suggested, cleansing the area with warm water and antibacterial soap or sea salt can often help with infections, and over the counter remedies can be used if that doesn’t work.
If you find that you get a lot of discharge, blood or a foul smell from your naval, and a piercing isn’t the reason behind it, it is highly recommended that you seek medical attention to ensure you don’t need medication for topical treatments to resolve it.