One look at a dirty belly button can make anyone jump in the shower and start scrubbing the belly button area.
Health providers have removed ‘growths’ from belly buttons that turned out to be a mix of bacteria, dirt, sweat, soap, lotions, and lint,” claims Alexandria V. Booth, M.D., a dermatologist with HealthCare Partners. “Talk about an embarrassing doctor’s visit—they go in for what they think is skin cancer and find out it is just years of dirt.”
Your belly button should deserve the cleaning treatment just like any other part of your body. If you don’t clean your belly button regularly like other areas of your body, various infections will develop inside your belly button. Once an infection takes place inside your belly button, your navel will emit an awful smell.
Not taking care of your belly button can also lead to a rare condition called omphalokeratoliths, which is a stone-like mass that can develop inside your navel.
One of the scariest facts about your belly button is that it is home to more than 60 types of bacteria.
So how do you prevent paying an embarrasssing visit to your dermatologist? Or how do you prevent your partner starting to gag while kissing your stomach?
Akexandria V. Booth claims that showering is the best way to keep your belly button healthy and clean. She also recommends that people who have deeper belly buttons to clean them once a week with a cotton swab that was previously soaked in water and soap.
If your belly button still emits an awful smell even after you cleaned it, you should pay a visit to your dermatologist.