Infected Belly Button

Infected belly button piercing
Infected belly button piercing

An Infected smelly belly button may have a pus like discharge coming out of it. It could also be characterized by a tender lump under the skin, or redness around the infected part of the body.

There are many different factors that may cause the belly button infection. In newborns it may be lack of proper care of the umbilical stump especially, within the first 15 days when proper care and cleanliness is critical. In adults it may be due to piercings which have become very common in recent times. It may also be due to poor overall hygiene, especially when it comes to cleaning this particular area of the body. Health conditions and allergies can make adults more susceptible to a belly button infections.

Signs and Symptoms of Belly Button Infection

  • Pain around the belly button
  • Itching, tingling, or a burning sensation
  • Pus oozing out of the belly button
  • Unpleasant smell especially from a belly button oozing discharge
  • Redness of the skin around the infected area
  • High temperature around the infected area
  • Fever, dizziness and vomiting at advanced stages

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Some of these symptoms can develop quickly within a few days. Different types of symptoms will develop especially if the infection is not treated within a short time. Some symptoms such as dizziness may be signs that the infection has gone without being treated for some time and it is at an advanced stage. If you experience any of these symptoms you need to see a qualified medical doctor as soon as possible.

Causes of Infected Smelly Belly Button

Infected smelly belly button can be caused by a number of factors such as:

Obesity (Overweight)

People who are obese are more likely to get infected smelly belly button than those who are not. People who are obese have a weakened immune system. Healing infections and wounds may be harder for obese people. Coupled with poor hygiene and other factors this can easily lead to a serious infection.


Poor hygiene is another cause for infected belly button. In newborns it is common if a proper cleaning procedure is not followed. Newborns are vulnerable to infections and this is compounded by poor nutrition which leads to a weak infection. Adults may also get an infection if belly button is not cleaned properly. If soap is not rinsed out thoroughly it can speed up bacterial growth.


Rings and jewelry can also cause an allergic reaction that may in turn cause an infection. Piercings are open wounds that need to be cleaned regularly as they are more prone to bacterial infections. The type of metal used is the main factor that causes these reactions. Safe metals that ought to be used include platinum, surgical steel, niobium and titanium. These metals are considered safe as they do not cause allergies. However, metals like nickel are known to cause bad allergies, especially for people who are susceptible to it.


People with diabetes are also prone to bacterial infections. Their immune system is weak and this compromises the body’s ability to fight serious infections. The healing process may also take longer for people with this condition.


Certain types of surgery can lead to an infected smelly belly button. Surgical procedures such as tubal ligation are can lead to an infection. Surgery leaves an open wound. If the wound is not cleaned properly, the risk of an infection increases exponentially.

Infections That Causes Belly Button Infection

There are two types of infections that cause infected smelly belly button this include.

Bacterial infections

This develops due to lack of cleanliness especially around the belly button. Soap and other detergents can lead to faster bacterial growth. Pus like discharge that is brown, yellow or grey is a sign of bacterial growth.

Fungal infections

Fungal infections can also be the cause of an infected belly button. Fungi grow in warm and moist places. Fungal growth may therefore be as a result of failure to clean or properly rinse the areas hidden by folds of your belly button. A belly button with fungal infections may be swollen, or red, with discharge around the navel.

Infected Smelly Belly Button Pictures

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Picture 2 – Belly button infection caused by Piercings

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Picture 3 – Swollen bump on the belly button

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Picture 4 – Smelly Belly Button Discharge

Treatment for Infected Smelly Belly Button

In newborns a belly button infection ought to be taken very seriously. If you spot an infection redness, swelling or discharge, the newborn should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Newborns may also have a fever which is another serious symptom that calls for immediate medical attention.

A navel that is infected may be treated using various methods depending on the severity of the problem. If the problem is not severe or at an advanced stage an antibacterial soap may be used. There are also anti-fungal creams that may help control infections that are caused by fungus.

Some ointments are not recommended for treating this problem. Ointments are often greasy and can limit the flow of oxygen to the infected region. This may help the bacteria or fungi to grow.

Cleaning with warm water is another treatment that can be done at home. Use a soft cloth to gently clean the infected area. Make sure you dry as a moist navel can lead to fungal growth.

Contrary to popular belief, alcohol and hydrogen peroxide do not help to cure infections. They often lead to extreme drying of the skin and breakdown of tissue.

Another solution to the problem is through surgery. This is often done in extreme cases. Surgery is considered the most viable solution because it helps to prevent cancer, urinary tract infection, and also prevents the infection from spreading to other areas of the body.


  • There are certain factors that can lead to an increased risk of belly button infection and they need to be avoided.Seek the opinion of a doctor if you have a condition like diabetes.
  • Ensure proper care of newborn’s belly button
  • Avoid getting piercings from a someone who is not a professional
  • Ensure that the piercings are properly cleaned with antibacterial soaps
  • Avoid pubic pools when piercing is still healing.
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  1. I’ve had a belly button piercing infected for like 4 months I tend to clean then stop cleaning there’s a bump growing green puss outs and sometimes red there’s a weird smell when I clean it. I need advice on what to do.