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What could cause pus in the area around the navel?

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Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis

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Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2018 in Infections
Question: Pus in the bellybutton area
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis 27 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Omphalitis.

Detailed Answer:

Hello!

This is probably omphalitis. A general surgeon should have a look to see whether surgical intervention is required or not.

Usually drainage of the pus results in complete resolution.

An ultrasound scan of the area may help to determine its spread and may also help to suggest potential causes.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care,
Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis, Internal Medicine Specialist
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Seems to have a zit next to the bellybutton, inside the bellybutton area not bellybutton itself
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis 4 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Doesn't make any difference.

Detailed Answer:

Hi again,

It doesn't really mean much as the recommended actions would still be the same.

A surgeon should have a look to investigate the source of infection.

An ultrasound scan may help to determine the extent of the infection and potential causes unless the extent is limited.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care,
Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis, Internal Medicine Specialist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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