Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Why does my belly button smell?

It is quite common for people to ask why does my belly button smell? Often times this stink can smell very bad like cheese, or also poop. It is also very common for the belly button to hurt or itch. Do not worry, you are not alone, this is a real medical condition, and this blog is dedicated to finding the causes of and solutions to this condition.

Why does my belly button smell like Cheese?

This post will dissect specifically the smell of cheese from the belly button. Cheese is the most common complain among smelly buttons, and there are several reasons why. The belly button is a place that captures the secretion of sweat, soap, and dirt, as well as fibers from the clothes you wear. The belly button is also often a place overlooked during the normal cleaning that occurs while taking a bath or showering, and so build up can occur. What is also interesting about the cheese phenomenon is that many people find a liquid build up, which sometimes becomes crusted around the outside of the belly button. Sometimes this liquid leaks onto their shirt. They sometimes will try to absorb this liquid to stop the spread of the cheese smell.

While many are quick to point fingers, and simply say those with belly buttons that smell like cheese need to bathe with soap, (and this is often true) it can be suprising to find that some of the cleanliest people may have this problem as well. The soap residue, when left in the belly button over time becomes a strong factor in this cheese smell.

Does my belly button smell because of a Yeast infection?

While the cause of the stinky belly button will depend on a case by case basis, if you have serious concerns about the smell you should seek help from a medical doctor. In some instances it is believed that a yeast infection can be the cause of the cheesey odor of the belly button.

Smelly belly button cleaning ideas.

The cause of the smelly belly button is likely the fact that it is not clean. Whether a yeast infection, or some other type of bacterial infection, this is a very warm and sometimes wet orifice of the body, and as such it must be attended to with great care.

Try using cotton swabs and Savlon antiseptic cream twice a day along with regular bathing and soap.

Why does my belly button stink?

If you have redness, inflammation (swelling), and/or a yellowish discharge inside or around your belly button try not to pick or scratch the affected area, clean your belly button gently with salt water twice a day, and dry it carefully but thoroughly after washing. If after a few days you still have the same symptoms, you should see your doctor so that they can investigate the cause of the irritation. If you have an infection your doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics.

The cause may also be smegma, a buildup of dead skin. According Wikipedia, Smegma is sometimes described as a "cheesy substance" a combination of exfoliated (shed) epithelial cells, transudated skin oils, and moisture. It occurs in both female and males.
Tea Tree Oil is highly reccomended as a cleaning agent for this problem.