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Belly Button Infection? Belly Button Infection?

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Unread 03-07-2012, 07:31 AM
Belly Button Infection?

The steri strips were very uncomfortable in my belly button, so last night I gently pulled them out and noticed that my wound seemed to be oozing some. It was on the steri strip and on the skin itself, so I cleaned it really well and used neosporin. Do you think this could be an infection in the making or just part of how skin heals in the belly button? I'm a deep innie. Was wondering if this was worth a call to the dr. as my post op appt is not till next week. 6 days post op.
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Unread 03-07-2012, 08:36 AM
Re: Belly Button Infection?

I would make sure to keep the area clean. Most likely not an infection, just keep an eye on it. Neosporin is a great thing to use... it helps!
Unread 03-07-2012, 08:54 AM
Re: Belly Button Infection?

I had an infection there but it was superficial and treated with just ointment. Keep it clean and call the Dr if it gets worse, like redness or more/different drainage, you have a fever, or even just to check. Usually better to call and be told it's OK than to wait too long, and wish you'd called.
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Unread 03-07-2012, 09:05 AM
Re: Belly Button Infection?

Here are some signs to look for regarding infection: increased redness, increased swelling, increased tenderness or stinging, the wound feels warm, nasty smelling or looking drainage, possible fever or starting to feel like you are coming down with something when you were feeling better....

Keep it clean, and as dry as possible, let it get some air if you can .. i would be sparing with any ointments unless you have checked with your doctor.

It sounds like normal healing to me, but of course if you have concerns you should check with your doctor, many of them have nurse advice lines where you can just check in with a nurse and get advice without having to make a trip in.
Unread 03-07-2012, 02:38 PM
Re: Belly Button Infection?

I called the doctor and he said to go ahead and come in. He asked why I had not removed the steri strips? I said the specific post op instructions said to leave on till they fell off - 10 days or so. He was surprised as that's not what he wanted or wrote for me to be given. I was to remove them ASAP and let the incisions heal by air and staying dry. Needless to say I have 2 infected sites. I am not on antibiotics but are to keep them clean and dry and use moist heat compress to reduce swelling and redness. Neosporin will also help.

Boo on the discharge nurse who gave me bad info
Unread 03-07-2012, 02:48 PM
Re: Belly Button Infection?

Well done for calling your doctor! Sounds like you will now be on your way to recovering well!
Unread 03-07-2012, 02:53 PM
Re: Belly Button Infection?

My belly button took several weeks to heal, my incisions healed long before my belly button. It turned out that my body reacted poorly to the internal sutures. My GYN had to cauterize my belly button with silver nitrate a couple of times. I think I was the first person in his office more for my belly button than anything else.

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