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The belly button is largely ignored when it comes to maintaining hygiene. Did you know that your navel can become a breeding ground for dirt, germs, bacteria, and fungus, which can result in infection? Yes, your navel is prone to infection, and that can lead to foul smell and discharge.
Generally, dirt and germs in the belly button don’t do any major harm to you or your health, but the bacteria’s ability to trigger an infection can be a bit problematic to handle, especially if it smells. Belly button stink can be an embarrassing problem, and if it’s not treated, it can increase your discomfort and uneasiness in your navel over time.
If you have a smelly belly button and the odour doesn’t go away with regular washing, check for signs of an infection.
If you are experiencing these signs and symptoms, you may have a navel infection.
Dr Manjul Aggarwal, Senior Consultant, Dermatology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi, says that like other parts of the body, the belly button can gather bacteria or fungi over time. This may trigger an infection, creating a foul smell in the belly button.”
1. Cysts are small lumps underneath the skin. These can cause a funky smell in your navel. If you have a belly button cyst you may also experience red, inflamed, tender, and soreness around your belly button.
2. Candida is a yeast infection that can cause a rash in and around the area along with the smell.
3. Piercing may also cause infection which can lead to a smell.
The simplest way to reduce the odour from your belly button is by maintaining proper daily hygiene. Washing the belly button at least once a day during bath with soap prevents a build-up of the dead skin, sweat, and oils that the body produces naturally.
However, consulting a doctor is a must if there is discharge from the belly button as it could be a sign of infection or any other serious problem, says Dr Aggarwal.