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Why belly button infection disappear and re-appear often ?

Over the last year I have had three belly button infections , each time I am given antibiotics and it goes away. But a few months later it has come back. Could there be a underline problem?
Asked On : Sun, 11 Mar 2012
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Thanks for your query

Seems like you are developing recurrent folliculitis .

Now firstly I would advise you to keep the area clean and dry as much as possible.
Do not apply any kind of moisturizing creams/lotions or oil over the affected area.
Wear cotton clothes so as to decrease the amount of sweating.
Clean the area with lukewarm water twice a day and apply an antibiotic cream like mupirocin gel over the area twice daily.

If inspite of the above measures, the lesion persists or continues to increase in size, then you might need a course of oral antibiotics along with pain killers.

In that case, I would advise you to visit a dermatologist for proper assessment and treatment.

Hope it helps
Best wishes for a speedy recovery
Dr Kavita Paul

Answered: Tue, 31 Dec 2013
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