Let’s talk bellybuttons for a bit. All people have them. Most “normals” don’t have a problem with them. However, if you’ve had any surgery that cuts through your belly button, you might have problems with it now. And no one seems to want to talk about it.

Since my surgery was emergency, they had to slice right through my belly button. My surgeon decided he was going to do me a favor and when he closed me up, he kept a tucked space that was to be my belly button. Problem is, now it’s a funny shape with no give to it at all. This means, when sweat and dirt get in there, it hurts like hell to clean it out. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this problem.

It gets all red and itchy or inflamed. If I try to clean it before it gets to that point (and after of course) the skin at the top starts to tear and I end up bleeding. It smells bad and of course it hurts. And this happens regardless of if I try to wipe it out every day or not. If I wipe it out too much, it ends up inflamed, like a runny nose. If I don’t do it enough, the bacteria and moisture make for a great smell and pain. Doesn’t matter if I use anti-bacterial soap, or scented soap, or salt water.

So far, the only fix I’ve found is to him to remove my bellybutton completely, when he goes to do the reconnection surgery. For now, I’ve found a small dollop of Destatin, or similar cream helps keep the area dry and healthy.

Do you have problems with your bellybutton too?


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