Wondering Why?

Why does My Belly button Smell?

Why does My Belly button Smell?

It can be quite embarrassing to have an odor coming from one’s belly button. This problem may be due to a lot of different reasons which could range from being harmless to something to be alarmed about. This bad odor is a result of dead skin and other skin fragments that accumulate in the navel resulting in a smelly belly button.

Obesity can also be a cause because of the skin that folds on the stomach causing the belly button area not to get sufficient air. The belly button is likely to get moist because it is warm and dark. It then becomes the perfect habitat for fungal infections to occur resulting in a smelly odor.

The bad smell in the belly button can also be as a result of a yeast infection which causes itching and scratching in that area which can lead to bleeding.

Candida is one of the fungal infections that can cause an unpleasant smelling released from the belly button. Furthermore, an inflammation of the belly button tissue neighboring the navel could be a result of bacterial invasion. This may lead to a buildup of pus in the navel that may leak out and start giving out a foul smelling odor.

Another cause of a smelly belly button would be the urachal cyst. This is a large infection that shows as a large mass in the umbilical region. Once the urachal cyst becomes infected, one will experience fever and pain in the abdominal area. When the urachal cyst bursts, a fluid will leak from the belly button. This ,however, is a very rare condition that affects only 1 in every 2,000 individuals. The condition can be treated by a doctor wherein the cyst will be lanced and hydrogen peroxide and Bactine applied to it several times during the day


1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (7 votes, average: 2.57 out of 5)

8 Submissions

  1. I love your material. Unreal, how do you get some much? Anyway, love your blog and I linked to it on my home page.

  2. I had this problem after having to use steroid creams to treat psoriasis in the belly button. For years I tried everything over the counter-antibacterial and anti fungal. I tried presc. silvadine cream, I tried alcohol, peroxide, witch hazel, all kinds of astringents, I tried soaking cottonballs in salt water & tucked in belly button. I even tried packing it with salt and using a bandaid to hold it in. Nothing worked so I was constantly cleaning it out to try to keep the smell down……and then……I had some dental work done that left me kind of tender so my dentist wrote a prescription for *Peridex Oral Rinse* I soaked a q-tip in the peridex and used it to clean out my belly button and again left in for a couple minutes to let as much as possible soak in. I couldn’t believe it but it worked right away. It was still gone after a couple more days so just to be sure, I did the same treatment for a couple more days. It has been over a year now and the smell & discharge has not come back. I am blown away at how long I dealt with it and then just in a few minutes it is gone forever. The peridex is prescription but also very cheap. My doctor said great and that he thought I should share my story. Good luck anyone who is dealing with this, there definitely is hope.

    • Hibiclens can be found over the counter in some places. It has the same main active ingredient as Peridex. For those trying peridex, with a prescription, some target stores sell the generic for $4 as part of their discounted prescription program (possible that walmart may have that too).

  3. That is truly disgusting.

  4. Thanks for sharing. I have had something similar as of recent. Wasnt too sure what to do…unconsciously i failed to take action due to thinking was very serious….i know i know that should trigger instant reaction, but i am not a fan of hospitals nor doctors. I am more the natural if u will; believing most drs cure one thing only while triggering another (not their fault; they are blind are not trained on basic fundamentals of the body). What i can tell you all is that our body cannot and will not be a host for infection or any nature is we can sustain a 7+ ph level (alkaline/ph level), simply the body beingmore oxygenated and less acidic…dictated mainly off our food/liquid intake.. Not even disease can even exist in the human body with ph at 7.36 or higher. Stage 4 cancer can be cured within 4 to 16 weeks simply by bringing the ph level to 7+ (instant results).

  5. I am a mother of 6 and I have this issue on and off for years. I use starts happening when I lose weight . This time I really have been trying , but it just showed up so fast. My stomach has been hurting real bad for 3days now. I took my shirt off to get in the shower and there is was my newly was red and smelly and it has puss coming out. I took a shower this morning and it wasn’t there. I had to take another shower because my stomach was hurting and bent o er and I pee my pants. So my question isshould iI go to the doctor for this.

  6. Whoa here. The basic number one reason by far, is dead skin cells. Let’s get basic; folds of skin that are in moist areas, are in everyone’s body and accumulate dead skin, this is normal. Take a bath and clean these areas! The naval, crease behind the ears, genitalia etc (that is why circumsion was invented!) It is called smegma and is a normal sloughing off off dead cells in everyone. Those with a deeper belly button just need to be more fastidious in cleaning. Normal, normal, normal.

Do you think the article can be improved? Share Your Expertise

Please note: comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.