The belly button, technically called umbilicus, is actually a scar from your birth. It left there on your tummy when the umbilical cord is cut off during childbirth. While it is an object of amusement for children, some adults find it seductive. People often get the navel pierced too. But, proper care should be taken if you want to save yourself the embarrassment due to any discharge or odor coming out as a result of any infection.
If you have been observing any kind of smell or even a little bleeding from your belly button, you are absolutely right if you think it’s serious. It is not a common problem. Thus, many people do not know about it. The common cause of infection in navel is infection. However, it can also occur due to fungal growth. It can also occur due to an injury. But, whatever is the cause, belly button bleeding is poses a considerable risk to your overall health if you do not cure it in time.
Once your doctor determines the cause of discharge from your navel after examining required tests, you must follow the proper track of treatment.
Causes of belly button bleeding
There are several unnoticed causes of bleeding from the navel. Let us take a look at the few of them:
Skin infection is the most common reason why you might be experiencing discharge from your navel. Belly button is one of the best places for bacteria and fungi to grow because they find a moist, dark and warm place to grow. If there is skin infection, you might observe the following symptoms:
The area around the navel becomes colored due to swelling. After a while, the discharge begins followed by minor bleeding. However, this bleeding may increase later. But, no matter what is the amount of bleeding, you must consult a doctor.
The type of treatment given to you will depend upon the extent and type of infection. You could be recommended oral medications or medicated topicals.
Though it is rare cause, it can still be a possibility that you might have developed cyst, which causes bleeding. The cyst is also known as a duct more accurately, and is a urachal remnant. It implies that we required a link from our umbilicus to the abdominal wall while we were still in the mother’s womb. However, when we grow out, this link does not close over and the result is occasional bleeding. This cause may pose serious threat for infection despite being a normative cause and hence, must be taken seriously.
If you have suffered a trauma or an injury, which has created an abrasion or a wound in the navel, you must rush for cure as soon as you notice it. However, it may not surface immediately, because the bruising does not seem much grave. But, it may compromise the tissue around the area and may begin the blood discharge through the belly button. This cause is common among people who have given birth to a child, had undergone an abdominal surgery, or met an accident which impacted the navel area.
The surgeries which include using the navel space as a doorway for laproscopic operation tools may also cause bleeding from belly button.
Belly button piercing
This cause is becoming more common after the trend of piercing in the navel has caught up. If the piercing is not done correctly, or proper care is not done afterwards, this area might catch infection. It is also important to note that this infection in the navel may get communicated to others as well. Thus, you must be very careful if you are suffering an infection due to piercing.
Some other causes
Sometimes, you might be under more serious conditions like problems in your reproductive system or in your abdomen.
What can you do about bleeding from the navel?
Seek the doctor consultation immediately if you see even a small amount of bleeding from the navel. If this condition is left untreated, it may result in serious complications. If you leave it untreated, it may spread in the abdomen and cause other problems as well. The doctors can do the appropriate examination and conduct tests to determine the cause of infection. You may be prescribed antibiotic medicines and anti-fungal creams to heal the wound.
Even if you do not see any other symptoms except bleeding, you must not delay to seek treatment.
How to maintain hygiene in the belly button?
- Wash the belly button area every day with an antibacterial soap. Also, ensure that the area is pat dried after the wash. This routine is particularly important for those who have a navel piercing.
- Allow the navel scab over entirely. The scab is a crucial part of the process of healing. Thus, do not scratch or pick at the navel.
- If you have an infection already, do not use any cosmetic products in the area, even those with the label of “antiseptic”. It is better to use salty warm water to clean the area and then pat dry.
What others have to say about belly button bleeding?
- “One fine day, my navel began to hurt very badly when I pushed on it. There was some redness around the navel skin. After a few days, my belly button began seeping very dreadful smelling pus. The blood also came out after every few minutes and the redness and the pain was gone. After some weeks, there is no oozing of pus from the navel frequently. But, it happens occasionally, with the unpleasant smell. I have planned to see a doctor but can anyone suggest what this problem can be?”
- “This is the most awkward medical condition I have ever faced. I have an innie navel. Some days ago, the belly button began aching a lot. So, I tried to poke it a little and did my finest efforts to leave it untouched. It was crusty and dry last morning (not the complete area, only a small knob of skin inside the navel that is also becoming prominent). It also began bleeding last night. I hoped that it would heal on its own but it’s getting worse. It also bled today morning.
The problematic area seems to be that knob only. It seems more yellowish and bigger than before. It does not hurt till the time I poke it. The sensation is less than some actual pain.
I have planned to see a doctor. But, if anyone knows what it is, or have undergone any similar situation, please enlighten me. And yes, my navel is not pierced.”