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What causes brown red discharge from the belly button? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 27-Feb-2014
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User: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?
Doctor:I got your query
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Doctor:ok read it
Doctor:I have few questions
Doctor:What is the color of the discharge?
User:it is usually a redish pink
Doctor:What are the antibiotics used and how long?
User:Bactrim 10 days 2x day
Doctor:Ok what you describe is omphalitis which is not common
User:what's that mean?
Doctor:After birth the umbilical cord is dropped or degenerated
Doctor:and hence infection of this area is uncommon in adults
Doctor:However some people have remnants of it hidden inside the umbilicus
Doctor:Due to poor hygiene or constant fiddling with fingers this gets infected easily
Doctor:with germs
Doctor:Physicians advise local cleaning with Dettol or any antiseptic and not to handle the area with finger or cotton buds
Doctor:as it leads to introduction of more germs
Doctor:ok in your case you might have developed a cyst
Doctor:with small amount of blood in it
Doctor:Depending on the size of it and the recurrence it may be excised after the infection is thoroughly treated with antibiotics
User:I have an visit with a general surgeon today.
User:what should I do? My primary sent me.
Doctor:Good, let him take a look at it
User:But this omphalitis will it need more antibiotics?
Doctor:If good dressing and oral antibiotics for two weeks can take care of it. It is worth the wait
User:I'll do anything
Doctor:yes BACTRIM could have been continued for a week by your primary.
Doctor:IF it does not help then it could have been referred to surgeon
User:It didn't really upset my stomach very much.
Doctor:You might have developed Umbilical pilonidal cyst
Doctor:It can be excised easily and drained
User:How is that different than omphalitis?
Doctor:It is omphalitis however it is superficial and contained within the skin
Doctor:so it is not spread
Doctor:It would not upset your stomach, it is just local
Doctor:Did you follow?
User:I see. I actually had a pilonidal cyst located below my coccix (sp?)
Doctor:so the treatment is the same
Doctor:My advise is not to finger the area, maintain a very good local hygiene
User:I see. I'm I susceptible?
User:well, thank you.
Doctor:Do you have any more queries?
User:that helps and puts my mind a ease.
Doctor:I will be able to assist you
User:None, that's it.
Doctor:Thank you for visiting me here
User:Thank you.
Doctor:Bye for now
User:great service
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