Belly Button Infection

Updated on October 27, 2010
C.M. asks from Tucson, AZ
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Kinda gross question mamas, but please help me! I had a laparoscopic surgery one year and one month ago. 6 weeks after the surgery, when all should have healed, I had an infection at the stitch site. After 2 weeks of antibiotics, (I discovered I was allergic and had hives with one antibiotic) it cleared up. Now, here I am, a year later and my belly button just started getting red, itchy and sore inside yesterday. Can an infection happen again??? I haven't had anything happen to it to cause another infection...Yuck!!!

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E.M.

answers from Johnstown on

I'd gotten that after I had my gall bladder removed...and quite often as well. My dr. recommended cleaning my belly button out daily w/ a Q-tip and peroxide. It's been 9+ years since and so far, so good.

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D.N.

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I used to get that every once in a while. It was not actually an infection but more an irritation. The stitch area from a lap can sometimes trap moisture and dirt. Totally gross. I cleaned as I would in th eshower, and then cleaned my belly button with an alcohol wipe. It usually cleared up within a few days. I never had any stuff coming out or anything, just red, itchy and sore---and smelly. After it is cleared up, make sure you dry really well but do not rub, just blot with a towel.

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C.S.

answers from Las Vegas on

Is it possible the scar is itching and you have scratched it too much and made it red?

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E.B.

answers from Miami on

maybe theres an allergic reaction to the stitches he used on the inside, if any. my g/f had a histerectomy a year later of several infections she finally realized and the drs she was allergic to the stitches used on the inside. once they were removed she was fine.

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L.W.

answers from Albuquerque on

I think you should get to a doc...it can turn into a serious infection. My husband had one in college that was very dangerous. Good luck!

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