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What causes thick white discharge from an umbilical hernia?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: Hi I'm 47 and have an umbilical hernia have had it quite a while I have been wearing quite tight pants to work with a belt which has left my belly button quite red and sore just last night I was pushing on my belly button to push my hernia back in which is quite common and a fair bit of thick white discharge came out over my hands with each push it finally stopped and I'm feeling well now would appreciate your advice.
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Answered by Dr. Ashish Verma (43 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
looks like abscess

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX

Welcome to HealthcareMagic.

You seem to have developed an abscess at the site which has now already brusted and evacuated by you.

But still i would suggest that you show it to a surgeon to check if it has been fully evacuated or not and it might need a course of antibiotics and after full infection control, get it repaired.

As continuous pressure and irritation by the belt is causing infection, and can reoccur.

Hope i have been helpful.

Regards,
Dr. Ashish Verma
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Brief Answer: looks like abscess Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX Welcome to HealthcareMagic. You seem to have developed an abscess at the site which has now already brusted and evacuated by you. But still i would suggest that you show it to a surgeon to check if it has been fully evacuated or not and it might need a course of antibiotics and after full infection control, get it repaired. As continuous pressure and irritation by the belt is causing infection, and can reoccur. Hope i have been helpful. Regards, Dr. Ashish Verma