Belly button is one of the most sensitive regions in the human body and hence the infections in this region can be quite agonizing. Surgery of the belly button, belly button piercing, diabetes, sebaceous cysts, exposure to UV rays, obesity and even lack of basic cleanliness and hygiene can lead to deposition of sweat and other substances in the navel cavity on daily basis which help microbial infections to occur.
Moreover, the deep, damp and dark nature of the area also makes it conducive for growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast etc. The common symptoms include itching, inflammation, pain, green or grey discharge from the infected belly button etc. Varieties of home remedies can help treat as well as prevent these problems.
Some Of The Effective Home Remedies Include:
Warm Salt Water:
Warm salt water is one of the best yet simple home remedies for belly button infection treatment. On applying it by patting a cotton ball soaked in warm salt water on the infected belly button, the heat from the water induces increased blood flow to the infected area.
While the salt, on the other hand, acts as a disinfectant and inhibits the growth of infection-causing microorganisms through its hygroscopic nature by absorbing the moisture from the belly button and thus aids in healing. For more effective results, following warm salt water application, apply a water-based antibacterial cream after pat drying the affected area with a cotton ball. Remember to use a water based cream, as other types can cause skin pore clogging. Repeating the entire process twice a day cures the infection.
In case of severe infection, the belly button becomes very painful and inflamed. Applying warm compress over the belly button for 5 to 10 minutes helps in relieving the intense pain. Some physicians also recommend the warm compress to drain out the pus from the infected belly button in case of intense Staphylococcus infections. Trying a warm shower can also help to alleviate the discomforts associated with belly button infection.
Turmeric is another very effective remedy for treating belly button infections. The natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of turmeric help to reduce the pain, inflammation, itching and rashes by curing the infection and prevents from relapsing in future. Applying turmeric paste over the belly button thrice daily or consuming a mixture of turmeric powder and little honey in a glass of hot milk on daily basis can promote internal healing and give convincing results.
Indian lilac, or more commonly known as neem, has proven anti bacterial, anti fungal and antiseptic properties that inhibits the growth of infectious microorganisms and also reduces the spread of infection. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce pain, inflammation and itching. Applying a mixture of neem oil and carrier olive oil or a mixture of neem and turmeric paste on and around the infected belly button can cure the problem effectively.
Coconut oil, through its anti-inflammatory properties, provides relief from the itching, pain and inflammation associated with the disease. Applying some warm coconut oil over the affected belly button can effectively prevent the growth infection causing bacteria and fungi and thus can give great benefits.
White vinegar is especially very effective in stopping discharge and consequent healing of the infected belly button. White vinegar contains 4-7% of acetic acid. This acidity of white vinegar restricts the growth of infectious microorganism. To apply it, soak a cotton ball in a mixture of white vinegar with twice the amount of warm water and apply it on the infected area. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, before rinsing it off with warm water and patting the area dry thoroughly. Repeating it thrice a day can give good results.
Rubbing the affected belly button with alcohol soaked cotton ball proves very effective in providing relief from pain, itching and irritation. Its antiseptic property sterilizes the infected area and prevents the growth of infectious bacteria and thus stops the spread of infection.
The soothing effect Aloe Vera helps to reduce pain, itching and inflammation associated with belly button infections. To get results, apply some fresh gel, obtained by cutting open an aloe vera leaf, over the affected belly button. Follow it with cleaning and drying of the infected belly button. Repeating the steps thrice a day reduces the associated problems and promotes quick healing.
Tea Tree Oil:
The tea tree oil is an effective natural remedy for belly button infection. With antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties, it can help in treating yeast or bacterial infections of belly button. To get effective results, apply a few drops of tea tree oil alone or of a mixture of 4 or 5 drops of tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon of olive or coconut oil with the help of a cotton ball inside and around the infected belly button. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then wipe it off with the help of a clean and dry cotton ball. Repeat it thrice daily for better results.
Calendula flower extract contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that helps to curb pain, inflammation, itching, irritation and prevents the spread of infection by inhibiting the microbial causative agents. Apply the calendula flowers or leaves extract topically onto the infected area thrice times a day or apply calendula lotion or ointment as instructed to reduce belly button infections and promote healing.
Apart from using the above mentioned home remedies, taking some additional measures like restraining yourself from touching the infected area, using cotton balls or swabs for any application, avoiding swimming while having the infection, including garlic in diet and having foods that are rich in vitamin C, zinc and antioxidants, may help to cure the condition quickly. Keeping the naval cavity clean and dry is most essential measure. Use antiseptic soaps or antibacterial liquids such as Dettol or Savlon to clean the area regularly and don’t forget to dry it thoroughly. But even after following this entire if the infection still persists for more than a week, consult a doctor immediately.