Sore/Infected Belly Button

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   Posted 11/16/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I know this seems really weird, but has anyone ever had a sore belly button with pus coming out of it?  I have Crohn's disease and I am overweight.  I recently gained about 30 pounds and don't know if it's related to the weight gain or if it is maybe something more complicated due to Crohn's.  I read online that it could be an abcess (sp) or a tumor and all of this scary stuff.  I know I should go into the doc but the time is hard to find right now.  I am just going to try using neosporin and clean it with peroxide and see if that clears it up. 
Anyone have any ideas on this or have you experienced it ever as related to Crohns or weight gain???

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   Posted 11/17/2008 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Could it maybe be a fistula? If I were you, I'd at least go to my primary care for a look. You could need some antibiotics if there's an infection.

Are you on prednisone? That can certainly help pack on the pounds. Other than as a side effect of meds, I don't know what other things could cause a Crohn's related weight gain.

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   Posted 11/17/2008 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi No I haven't had that problem before. Have you had any recent surgery? A person can also have herniated belly buttons.Perhaps getting it checked will be worth it. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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   Posted 11/17/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a lot of the weird secondary symptoms that comes with Crohn's (bleeding gums, inexplicable rashes, etc) and I've had an infected belly button for some time. It's never been sore or had pus, though--just red, peeling, gross, dry skin. I got some Topicort from the Dermatologist and that helped clear it up (I also had a similar problem in the folds of my ear). Definitely get it checked out, though.
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.

gemini kiwi
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   Posted 11/17/2008 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Could be a Fistula, but if there is pus its obviously an infection of some kind that probably needs antiobotic to clear it. Look after your bellybutton and go to the Dr, some of us don't have much of one left after being sliced and diced, if at all. :-)
Take care,

not creative
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds to me like you have a yeast infection related to the weight gain.
Google "belly button yeast infection" and see if those sort of symptoms match yours. If there is a foul smell associated it could also be a clue.

Note: I'm not a doctor or anything, but a tumor seems unlikely.
Laurenne, 24 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On Remicade, Tetracycline, Zoloft, Lialda and Imodium

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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband, who does not have CD, had that happen. It was infected and got inflamed w/ pus coming out. He went to his PCP for it. I think they just cleaned it real well and he had to put alcohol or something on it for a while. I don't think he needed antibiotics or anything, but I'll double check with him.
Asked my hubby-- he had to buy a NEW bottle of hydrogen peroxide (that was apparently very important) and swab it several times a day. That cleared it up.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, but Ive gone rogue and med-free to nurse.

Post Edited (inflamed) : 11/18/2008 1:27:42 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 7/26/2013 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have experienced such a discharge from my navel and I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease some years ago.  It has responded to antibiotics twice before.  Currently I have it once more with no discharge.  If you are overweight I would suggest that the extra weight is putting an extra burden on your Crohn's disease.  I would suspect you are not as careful with your disease as to what you are eating.  For example I found that natural foods unprocessed and gluten-free work best for me.  Avoid the dairy category.  Of course other documentation exists for diseases aggravated from not so careful eating habits.  I don't know, but I suspect there might be a relationship between Crohn's disease and the navel infections.  This might include an exposure to a certain food that was hard on the system (like perhaps, nuts or contaminated nuts) or even an anatomical aberration (for example, one was born with a dislocated portion of the gut or the Crohn's itself brought it on).  I hope to learn more before it hurts me more or drives me crazy.  The belly button phenomenon itself threw me a curve.  In general increase fiber input (flax seed, figs, etc.) to help manage the Crohn's disease.  I'm hard-pressed to see how that could hurt unless you are prone toward too much diarrhea.  I do not eat meat everyday, but I try to eat some during the week every few days.  Probably go to the doctor, especially for the navel infection.  An antibiotic might take care of it for some time.  My bouts were a few years apart.
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