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Redness and discharge from the belly button - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Today, I'm noticing redness and discharge from my belly button. I'm 59 years old and this is the second belly button "infection" I've ever had in my life. The first was just a few months ago after I'd been taking HCG for a few months. Is there perhaps any relationship between my taking HCG and this belly button abnormality?? I've recently lost 40 pounds and my goal is to lose 20 more, but I'm concerned that the HCG may be causing the discharge.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   dr XXX here
User :   Hi!
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   you bet
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Just fyi. With the first infection, my local doctor put me on antibiotics, and it cleared up in a day or so.
Doctor :   Since when do you have the discharge
User :   It started either at night while I was asleep or this morning.
Doctor :   During the first infection where you on HCG
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let ne breif you
Doctor :   As per the clinical trials there has been no cases where in they had complaints of discharge from belly button
User :   what could be causing it?
Doctor :   Probably an infection
User :   it's just never happened to me before this year.
Doctor :   Let me ask few more questions to help you better
User :   where did the infection come from?
Doctor :   Do you have any piercings in there?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Are you a little overweight
User :   it's a very deep belly button, but it's been that way my whole life. ;0)
User :   yes.
User :   i weigh about 170 now (5'3") but my weight has been over 200 for many years
Doctor :   The main reason will be there might be debris collection for long time in there which might have triggered
Doctor :   Some people who experience belly button discharge may have a yeast infection
User :   with the first infection, i went to my local doctor and she THOROUGHLY cleaned it out. I've continued to clean it when I bath now.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   A yeast infection is simply an overgrowth of fungus. During a yeast infection, you may experience painful itching and burning.
User :   it seemed to be just fine yesterday and then I woke up with this today.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   The most probable cause is Fungal infection
User :   if I can't figure out what's causing it, I really don't know what to do on a going forward basis.
Doctor :   Do you sweat a lot
User :   Are you saying that I need to go back to my local doctor and get another antibiotic prescription?
Doctor :   You will need and antifungal cream
Doctor :   Which i can give you being a OTC drug
User :   I live in XXX, and I've been walking more lately so, yes, I'd say I'm sweating more these days than I did before. It's been 90-100 degrees.
User :   ok
Doctor :   You should avoid over-cleansing the area. Too much cleansing will cause irritation to the skin and will actually worsen your condition
Doctor :   Do you have any odour from the discharge
User :   yes
Doctor :   Then Its mostly a fungal infection
Doctor :   You can apply ONT Micatin
User :   ok
Doctor :   Twice daily and see to that you keep dry
User :   Will most pharmacies have it and know what it is?
Doctor :   Yes they will
Doctor :   Its an OTC in US
User :   I don't need an antibiotic?
Doctor :   You can also use hydrogen peroxide in the belly button will also help to heal up any infections you may have and it will help control the odor that is coming from your belly button.
Doctor :   No not for fungal
Doctor :   I guess your not having any rise in temperature( fever)
User :   no
Doctor :   Then just follow the above two
User :   just the irritation, red swelling, and discharge from the BB.
User :   Hydrogen peroxide to clean
Doctor :   This will surely help you, try the ONT for 3 days
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Let it be there for 2-3 mins
Doctor :   Then wipe it of
User :   Keep it dry, and then use the ONT (2x per day, 2-3 min, wipe off)
Doctor :   use a cold compress on the belly button area to reduce your need to scratch.
User :   it's too tender to scratch.
Doctor :   I Meant to wipe of Hydrogen peroxide
User :   got it.
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   not that I know of. ;0) Thanks for your help--we'll see how this goes!
User :   p.s. where are you located?
Doctor :   Bangalore, India
Doctor :   Wishing you speedy recovery
User :   this is far better than driving to and waiting in a doctor's office for a couple of hours.
User :   Thanks!!! Bye.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
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