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Have belly button discharge. Taken antibiotics. How do I get rid of this?

Good morning doctor, I am currently have discharge from my belly button, I have been for 6 months. The doctors told me that I had an infection and gave me antibiotics to cure it. But everytime I am doen with the medicine the discharge comes back. They never told me the reason for this infection except one doctor who was a surgen. He said I had gunk way bak in my belly button. But I have not been able to grt it all out because my belly button is way to deep, and at the main end of it thier lies a pink slimy thing that bleeds when I touch it and under it are white slimy beeds. How could I get rid of this?? my belly botton does now seem to have a bottom
Asked On : Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
your doctor is thinking about a rare condition known as a 'patent urachus' or a 'urachal cyst'.
This is a fine biological duct or a fluid-filled swelling between the top of the bladder and the belly button (the umbilicus).
The duct has a function in the embryo but then normally closes-up to become a mere ligament, which is an empty cord of scar-like tissue.
Very rarely it does not heal and can present later in life as a swelling, perhaps discharging urine or mucus from a cyst within an open (patent) urachus.

However, it is rare and there are other more common conditions that can cause persistent discharges from the belly button like a mixed fungal and bacterial infection.
Get the culture of discharge done and take the medicines accordingly.
Fungal infection is very common at belly button as this is a moist and humid area,which is ideal for fungal growth.
Answered: Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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Dermatologist Dr. Kalpana Pathak's  Response
Hi Daniel,
There could be multiple causes for weeping umbilicus like umbilical hernia with ulceration, umbilical sinus, urachal cysts, umbilical abscess and it could also be a simple bacterial or fungal infection. I would advise you not to try cleaning your umbilicus as trauma may lead to further infection. Instead book an appointment with a good surgeon to evaluate you properly and make a definite diagnosis for proper treatment. In the meanwhile clean the area with betadine or savlon and apply an antibiotic cream. Hope that answers your query. Take care.
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