What causes brown red discharge from the belly button? - Online Doctor Chats
So I am a 40 year old male in great health. About 5-6 months ago I noticed a smell from my belly button. Well I cleaned very well but to no avail. I started to notice a brown red oozing on my white under shirts. I was cleaning one day in the shower and may have scratched the inside because when I went to clean it after with rubbing alcohol it burned. I went to an emergin care type place and they gave me antibiotic treatment and then anti fungus treatment. There is still some slight discharge but now there is a small cyst that I've noticed for the past month or so. It hasn't grown and no pain. What could that be? Evarela73: I do still have some oozing if I explore and press on it but not very much. No pain. Should I be worried?
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I have few questions
What is the color of the discharge?
it is usually a redish pink
What are the antibiotics used and how long?
Ok what you describe is omphalitis which is not common
what's that mean?
and hence infection of this area is uncommon in adults
However some people have remnants of it hidden inside the umbilicus
Due to poor hygiene or constant fiddling with fingers this gets infected easily
Physicians advise local cleaning with Dettol or any antiseptic and not to handle the area with finger or cotton buds
as it leads to introduction of more germs
ok in your case you might have developed a cyst
with small amount of blood in it
Depending on the size of it and the recurrence it may be excised after the infection is thoroughly treated with antibiotics
what should I do? My primary sent me.
Good, let him take a look at it
But this omphalitis will it need more antibiotics?
I'll do anything
yes BACTRIM could have been continued for a week by your primary.
IF it does not help then it could have been referred to surgeon
It didn't really upset my stomach very much.
You might have developed Umbilical pilonidal cyst
It can be excised easily and drained
How is that different than omphalitis?
It is omphalitis however it is superficial and contained within the skin
so it is not spread
It would not upset your stomach, it is just local
Did you follow?
I see. I actually had a pilonidal cyst located below my coccix (sp?)
so the treatment is the same
My advise is not to finger the area, maintain a very good local hygiene
I see. I'm I susceptible?
well, thank you.
Do you have any more queries?
that helps and puts my mind a ease.
I will be able to assist you
None, that's it.
Thank you for visiting me here
Bye for now
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