What causes my belly button to stink, and how do I clean it?
BELLY BUTTONS ARE OFTEN FORGOTTEN IN THE SHOWER OR BATH, but they are brimming with bacteria.
This is how you properly clean your belly button.
Smelly belly buttons should not be ignored; they need to be washed regularly to stay in good shape.
If your belly button is beginning to stink, get to the root of the problem; this website, according to Medical News Today, Healthline, the NHS, and Flo, reveals everything you need to know about belly button hygiene.
If your belly button stinks, it’s most likely due to bad hygiene.
The belly button should be washed at least once a week as part of personal hygiene.
According to a 2012 study, the average belly button contains 67 different types of bacteria, all hiding in small crevices and breeding on dirt and sweat.
Infections such as yeast infections can be triggered by the accumulation of bacteria, fungi, and germs in belly buttons, which is usually what causes foul odors.
People who have their belly buttons pierced, also known as ‘innie’ belly buttons, are more likely to get belly button infections.
This can lead to liquid or pus-filled cysts that ooze white, yellow, or green discharge, are swollen or red, itch, scab, and even cause a fever or lump in your abdomen.
If the tube connecting the fetal bladder to the umbilical cord isn’t completely sealed, urachal cysts can develop in newborns and children.
Other cysts, like sebaceous, epidermoid, and pilar cysts, can cause a foul-smelling belly button discharge.
Omphaloliths, which occur when dead skin cells and sebum accumulate in your belly button, can also cause a stinky belly button.
They’re also called navel stones, and they’re made of the same materials as blackheads.
“The surface of a navel stone will turn black from oxidation,” according to Healthline.
“Naval stones are typically removed with tweezers rather than being pressed out like a blackhead.”
According to Healthline, how you wash your belly button depends on its shape.
If you have an innie belly button, you must clean it more thoroughly, according to the website.
Before you take your next shower, if you have an innie button, follow these steps:
In the shower, do the following if you have an outie belly button:
If you’ve got a piercing in your belly button,
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