What is Belly Button Infection and 10 Ways to Treat It Naturally
Belly button infections can be a very uncomfortable condition. The naval area is prone to warmth and moisture, making it the perfect medium for different types of bacteria or fungus to thrive if you don’t take the proper preventative steps. The good news is, these types of infections are more common than you might think, and they can also be very easy to cure naturally.
What is a Belly Button Infection?
The root of a belly button infection is a foreign micro-organism living and growing in your belly button, such as a fungal infection (most commonly candida albicans) or an infection of bacterial origin (most commonly staphylococcus or streptococcus).
The initial signs and symptoms of a belly button infection is pretty easy to spot. At first, in its abscess stage, one would notice that there would be some redness and swelling in and or around the navel area, also accompanied by some mild pain or tenderness.
As the infection develops and moves into its later stage, the cellulitis stage, more serious and unpleasant symptoms will start to appear. In this stage, the abscess or swelling in the navel is likely to burst, causing an unpleasant discharge. The discharge (or pus) will typically have a foul odor or smell. The discharge can vary in color, from being clear in color, to even yellow, grayish, or even a brownish color.
Who is at risk?
People of all ages can be susceptible to a belly button infection, from babies to the elderly. Although, there are some factors that could increases one’s likelihood of contracting an infection of the navel.
The first preventative measure would be to keep your belly button clean. Infections of the navel can easily be caused by not washing your belly button or keeping proper hygiene. Rinsing is also incredibly important when bathing, or drying it properly, for the soap residue and excess moisture can make an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and fungus.
Navel infections are also commonly caused by an open wound in the area, such as a piercing of the navel that is not cleaned properly, or from the practitioner not using sanitary equipment while executing the piercing, as well as wounds from surgery in the area.
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