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What causes pain right above belly button?

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Posted on Fri, 25 Jul 2014
Question: I have pain right above my belly button. Around my belly button it looks to be swollen because it is red. It hurts to sleep on my sides. What could this be?
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Answered by Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani (35 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please visit your doctor for treatment.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for posting your query.

I have seen the photos that you have attached.

It seems to be Omphalitis or boil(may be hair root infection) inside the umbilicus.

Omphalitis basically infection of skin in that area(belly button). The swelling and redness due infection and inflammation.

The reason for this could be many like some local trauma,repeated friction etc.

You need to visit your doctor and get your self examined and treated for this.

Mostly you will need a course of oral as well as local antibiotic.

In mean time to reduce the discomfort you can take any analgesic that you have with you.


Wishing your good health.

Regards,

Dr.Pragnesh

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani (2 days later)
What are some home remedies i can do without going to a doctor? I want this boil to hurry up and drain. It get very painful at times
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Answered by Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
I think visit to the doctor is necessary

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Good to hear from you again.

I am afraid dear. This seems to be quite inflamed and infected.

You need oral antibiotics for this and proper evaluation by your doctor. So visit to the doctor is required.

You can take any analgesic that you have and you are comfortable with to get some relief from pain and discomfort that you have.

Keep the are clean and avoid friction to that part.

Regards

Dr.Pragnesh
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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What causes pain right above belly button?

Brief Answer: Please visit your doctor for treatment. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting your query. I have seen the photos that you have attached. It seems to be Omphalitis or boil(may be hair root infection) inside the umbilicus. Omphalitis basically infection of skin in that area(belly button). The swelling and redness due infection and inflammation. The reason for this could be many like some local trauma,repeated friction etc. You need to visit your doctor and get your self examined and treated for this. Mostly you will need a course of oral as well as local antibiotic. In mean time to reduce the discomfort you can take any analgesic that you have with you. Wishing your good health. Regards, Dr.Pragnesh