The belly button also known as navel is the remnant of umbilical cord. It is that central scar that forms at the base of umbilical cord once it falls off. At times, the navel may become itchy and discomforting. There are many things that could cause the belly button to itch including yeast infection, eczema, hives, contact dermatitis from piercing, lotions and soaps, or the stretching of skin in pregnancy. Another possible cause may be an infection by bacteria. Some people who have umbilical hernia may experience itching. Treatment is based on the cause of the itching.
Causes of itchy belly button
Belly button is moist and warm part of the body and is ideal for growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungus. When there is an infection of navel due to microbial action, it results in an itchy umbilicus. Itchiness of navel can arise from different things.
A rash of skin around the umbilicus or an infection within the belly button may cause itchiness. Rashes around belly button may form due to many things and the common one is contact dermatitis. This is a type of allergy reaction to substances perceived to be foreign by the body such as cream, clothes, laundry detergents, and soaps.
Contact dermatitis occurs on skin and can cause rashes that are itchy. Many skin rashes can occur in this area therefore, if you have detected changes in your skin including swelling, redness, and scaliness, it is important you make an appointment with a doctor or dermatologist for further examination.
The navel or belly button tract can have an infection. Foreign substances such as lint that detached from clothes and body hair could enter the umbilicus thereby causing inflammation or swelling. An infection may also occur, and it is mainly accompanied by foul odor, itching, and fluid coming out of that umbilicus canal.
Infections in umbilicus can be prevented by ensuring that the area around is kept clean. It should be washed thoroughly and the body hair around navel trimmed to prevent creating the right conditions for microbes to grow such as bacteria. Trimming the hair around also ensures that it does not fall off and enter the umbilicus canal.
Infections in navel may be treated with use of hydrogen peroxide and removing dirt or foreign objects in the tract. Yeast infection can cause belly button to itch. This affects people of any age. Even newborns can develop yeast infection due to exposure to the virginal yeast of the mother at time of birth.
Other conditions that affect adolescents and children such as athlete’s foot and thrust could also spread to the skin around the belly button thus causing itching. Excess abdominal fat and diabetes can increase the risk of yeast infection of the belly button among adults. If you experience symptoms such as itching, redness, odor, and or burning sensation, you may want to see a doctor.
Itchy belly button during pregnancy
An itchy belly especially during pregnancy may be caused by stretching of skin. When the skin expands, it is deprived of moisture. Usually dry skin can feel itchy and quite uncomfortable. The butt may also have similar experience if it is expanding alongside the belly. Moisturizing the skin using gentle products can help relieve the itching. An individual should refrain from scratching the itching belly button because it could open it for bacterial infection.
Symptoms of itchy belly button
Itchy bellow button may present symptoms ranging from redness, soreness, itching, and pain. A bacterial infection that is causing the itching will result to pain and soreness. At times bleeding may occur or some discharge of whitish watery substance from the navel. An infection in navel may also cause severe nausea.
Moreover, belly button piercing that has gone awry and infected may cause bleeding to occur in addition to discharge of green, yellow, or gray pus-like fluid from the navel. The area around the belly button may develop pain, inflammation, and irrigation due to an infection. Itchy navel may be accompanied other non-specific symptoms such as increased body temperature and fever.
Treatment of itchy navel
Different treatment approaches may be applied depending on what is causing the itching. Washing the belly button may prevent further infection by microbes. Alcohol may be used to help cleanse the infections. An individual may want to stop using harsh or strong chemicals for body wash such as soaps.
Scratching of the itching belly should be refrained from because it can worsen an infection or result to secondary infection. Lotions and creams may be avoided because they may cause irritation, which aggravates the itchiness.
Antibiotics and antifungal medicines may be used to treat bacteria, fungal and yeast infections. Daily washing will help keep the area clean and free from germs. Always seek the help of a doctor if you notice that that the itchiness does not go away and is causing other symptoms like pain or signs of an infection such as swelling.