A protruding belly button most likely indicates a condition called an umbilical hernia, wherein the belly button pops outward because of a weakness in the muscles in or around the belly button, explains the International Health Insurance Bupa. Umbilical hernias happen to people of all ages, typically occurring in overweight people and in women during and after pregnancy.Know More
An umbilical hernia happens when fat, fluid or intestine pushes through a weak spot in the belly, says WebMD. Umbilical hernias in infants often close on their own by the time a baby turns one year old. In adults, an umbilical hernia happens in people with certain conditions or health problems that cause pressure in the belly, such as pregnancy, obesity and having too much fluid in the belly.
The IHI Bupa notes that although an umbilical hernia is not dangerous in itself, it poses a risk of getting trapped, a condition which cuts off the blood supply to the hernia’s contents. This causes life-threatening conditions, especially when the hernia becomes strangulated. It requires treatment to prevent the hernia from getting bigger and more uncomfortable. A hernia repair operation pushes the contents of the bulge back into the abdomen and strengthens the abdominal wall. An open surgery repair operation involves making a small cut bellow the belly button. For recurrent hernia, a keyhole surgery is usually recommended.Learn more about Human Anatomy
The Nemours Foundation explains that a belly button is simply a scar left behind by the umbilical cord which was removed after birth. It serves no real purpose after a human has left the womb.Full Answer >
It is normal for a newborn's belly button to bleed a little bit after the umbilical cord falls off, as noted by Mayo Clinic. It is also normal when the cord is still in place as it heals.Full Answer >
A newborn's belly button, which contains the umbilical cord stump, should be kept dry until the stump falls off at approximately 1 to 2 weeks of age. During this time, parents should give newborns sponge baths to keep the umbilical cord stump dry and allow the belly button area to be exposed to air as much as possible, according to the American Pregnancy Association.Full Answer >
Visit a doctor if fungus is growing in your belly button. He can provide proper anti-fungal medication and advise proper cleaning protocols to ensure the fungus does not return, according to The Merck Manual. Pain and discharge are the most common symptoms of a fungal infection, per MedGuidance.com.Full Answer >