How to Heal an Infected Belly Button
An infected belly button can cause many problems. Besides being unattractive and uncomfortable, the infection can spread throughout the body and cause serious problems. Pain, oozing pus, hotness of the area, and bleeding are signs of infection. It is important to take care of the problem as quickly as possible. There are several alternatives to heal the infected belly button.
For a warm compress, soak a clean cloth in hot water. Squeeze excess water from the cloth. Place the compress on the infected belly button and apply steady, gentle pressure. Keep in place until the compress cools. This may be repeated several times. Dab with a clean, dry cloth and allow the area to air dry. The warm compress increases blood flow and allows the area to drain. Disinfect the preparation area immediately and sanitize or dispose of the used compress.
Hydrogen peroxide aids in draining and clearing up the infected area. This can be done by pouring a cap full of hydrogen peroxide onto the infected belly button or by applying generously with a clean cloth or cotton ball. Dab with a clean, dry cloth and allow the area to air dry. Dispose of the used materials immediately and disinfect the preparation area if needed. Once the infection clears up, do not use this method any longer. It can actually lengthen the healing process.
Salt Water Solution
Soak the infected belly button in salt water. To prepare the salt water mixture: mix one teaspoon of sea salt with 8 ounces of warm water in a large bowl. Soak cotton balls or a clean cloth in the salt water solution. Use the soaked cotton balls or cloth to apply the solution to the infected belly button. Each application should last 3 to 5 minutes. Dab with a clean, dry cloth and allow the area to air dry. Dispose of the used materials immediately.
Over-the-counter creams or ointments may be used briefly. Follow the directions on the package or ask a pharmacist for a recommendation. Water based antibiotics are preferred because they allow the infected belly button to breathe.
Contact a Physician
If these home treatments do not work, contact a physician. It may be necessary to obtain treatment or a prescription medication to heal the infected belly button. Left untreated, or treated improperly, an infected belly button can all infection to spread throughout the body.