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Various Facts About Pain Around the Belly Button

Updated on March 28, 2017
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Trained in dentistry, Sree is currently studying lab sciences. She enjoys researching various health topics and writing about her findings.

Why Does My Belly Button Hurt?

Pain is one of the body's natural responses to an unpleasant or harmful stimulus. It is the way a brain interprets information about something that the body is experiencing, and it sometimes (but not always) indicates damage, injury, or illness.

Belly button pain can be worrisome because there are many organs located in this vicinity and there are some illnesses that are associated with pain close to the belly button.

Here are some of the facts you'll want to know about the pain around your belly button. In this article you will find several possible causes for this pain and suggestions for treatment. Please remember that this article is not a substitute for a visit to your physician — if you are in severe pain, you should see a doctor immediately.

Why do I have pain around my belly button?
Why do I have pain around my belly button?

Describing Your Belly Pain

Here are two ways to describe the pain around your belly button. You'll want to clearly describe your pain before you attempt to identify its cause.

There are two kinds of pain around the belly button, one that goes away after some time and one that stays longer. While some people might ignore the pain, hoping it goes away, others are more liable to be worried about it and seek medical attention.

  • Consistency. The consistency of the pain you are feeling is a very important factor to consider when diagnosing the problem. Is the pain constant, or is it sporadic, only flaring up from time to time? Does it only manifest when you are moving and, if so, what kind of movement triggers the pain? Is the pain worse at the end of the day or after a meal, or is there some other cycle it seems to follow? Noting these details will make it easier to find out what's going on inside.
  • Type of pain. Determining the level and type of pain you're experiencing can help determine how serious your condition is. Is the pain mild and subtle, just enough to catch your attention during the course of the day, or is it sharp and extreme, inhibiting or even prohibiting movement? Is the pain sharp or stab-like, or is it aching, throbbing, or diffuse? Does it feel like it's on the surface of your skin or does it feel as if something is exerting pressure from inside your belly?

Finding the words to describe the type of pain you are feeling will help you determine its cause.

Possible causes of belly button pain.
Possible causes of belly button pain.

Most Common Reasons for Belly Button Pain

Now that you're more familiar with what kind of pain you're experiencing, it’s time to look at some things that may be causing it. There many possible reasons that range from minor digestive hiccups to major organ damage. Remember that only a doctor can properly diagnose your pain.

Here are some common reasons for belly button pain:

  • Eating issues. When our belly hurts, it’s almost always caused by the food we eat. Eating too much food puts too much pressure in your stomach, while eating too little may cause acid reflux. Your stomach expands as you ingest food in order to accommodate the size of the meal that you consume. The abdomen feels the pressure of the expansion. This can sometimes cause pain around the belly button, especially when you overeat. The gas that results from digestion can also cause pain and discomfort. However, it’s not just the volume of food that may cause the pain. Consuming infected food or foods that you're allergic to can also trigger pain. Bacterial and viral infections may also cause pain by damaging intestinal linings and producing excess gas. Food poisoning also causes stomach expansion due to the bacterial colonies growing around the area.
  • Adverse effects from medications. Medications can have both good and bad effects on your body. When you are taking certain medications as treatment for a stomach ailment, the medication may have an effect on the stomach. The body might have adverse reactions to the medication, thus, preventing it from being absorbed by your system. One of the most common side effects from taking excess medications is pain around the belly button. This is mainly because the effects of the drug have disrupted digestive function. A specific drug might also have an adverse interaction with other drugs a person is taking, and this clash may manifest as pain around the belly button. If you are taking medications for a different medical condition, it is important to consult with your doctor what you can safely take for belly button pain.
  • Urinary tract infections. Different forms of urinary tract infections cause belly button pain. When bacteria get into your system, they can cause infection. Most urinary tract infections are bladder infections, which are usually not serious if immediately treated. If treatment is delayed, an infection can spread to your kidneys and become more serious. Other common infections include cystitis and gonorrhea, which can be transmitted through various means but are commonly acquired through sexual contact. Other than abdominal pain, the symptoms of all urinary tract infections include painful urination or changes in the urine. Your doctor can determine what kind of infection you may have with a simple test.
  • Hernia. The abdominal organs, like the stomach, bladder, intestines, and bowels, have weak points. A hernia is when part of an organ is displaced and protrudes through the muscle or tissue wall of the cavity containing it, producing a bulge. The abdomen is one of the most common regions where hernias occur, mainly because of the sheer number of organs located in this region. Among the types of hernia that may involve belly button pain are hernias of the bladder, stomach, intestines, and umbilicus. Concentrated pain and tenderness in the abdomen are a hernia's most significant symptoms, and they worsen with movement. Other symptoms of pain in the area include: painful bowel movements, tender spot in the abdominal area, or pain felt during movements.
  • Pregnancy. Because of the rapid expansion of the baby inside the womb, a woman may experience pain around the belly button. Normal pain associated with the progression of pregnancy isn’t usually incapacitating. The pain would normally go away after some time. The pain would normally go away after some time. However, if the pain around the belly button is intense, it might be an indication of a bigger problem that requires medical attention.
  • Ulcers. Belly button pain could be a symptom of an ulcer. Stomach and intestinal ulcers may develop for different reasons. An erosion of the digestive tract lining can be caused by a combination of factors including hyperacidity, bacterial infections, and stress. Ulcers tend to worsen when you consume acidic and spicy foods or when you become emotionally upset. In the worst cases, ulcers can have advanced symptoms such as intestinal bleeding. Aside from medications, patients are advised to alter their eating habits and lifestyle to ensure faster healing and recovery.
  • Pancreatic problems. Pancreatic disease is one of the more serious ailments that may be indicated by a painful belly button. Accompanying your aching belly are other symptoms such as fever, nausea, and headaches. The two primary causes of pancreatic damage are diabetes mellitus and pancreatic cancer. The "on again, off again" characteristic of the accompanying fever is quite alarming. If not diagnosed and treated properly, pancreatic disease can have serious consequences.
  • Crohn's disease. This is one of the more serious ailments of the digestive tract and may manifest as pain around the belly button. Mainly characterized by the inflammation of any part of the digestive tract, the pain stems from the intense swelling of the stomach and intestines. While Crohn's disease can be caused by genetics, it may be also be triggered by environmental factors. If left unchecked, this disease, together with its associated symptoms, can cause severe health problems and even death.
  • Cystitis. Cystitis spreads to the kidney when the illness is left untreated. This condition is more common among women than in men. It can be a cause of extreme pain around the belly button. The most notable symptoms are pain while passing urine and the presence of blood in urine.
  • Stomach infections. Symptoms include tenderness and pain in the areas around the abdomen. Bacterial infection can cause flu-like symptoms and swelling. Watch out for nausea and vomiting, as well.
  • Recent surgical procedures done. Pain is often felt around the belly button area after a recent surgery in the abdomen. It will disappear once the area is completely healed. Medications for pain relief are usually given to patients. If pain persists despite complete recovery from surgery, you should consult your doctor right away.
  • Gallstones. Issues in the gallstones stay undetected until pain is felt radiating from the upper abdomen to the belly button. The pain is felt every so often, coupled with fever, nausea, jaundice, and bloating. Upon evaluation, the doctor can recommend if surgery is needed.
  • Disorders in the small intestine. Aside from pain around the belly button area, fever, nausea, and constipation are also experienced. Your doctor should be able to make proper diagnosis after a few tests.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Belly Button Pain

Because belly button pain may be caused by all kinds of conditions, proper diagnosis and treatment is a must. In addition to alleviating pain, proper diagnosis can also prevent the worsening of the underlying condition. The best way to get proper diagnosis is to see your doctor and, if necessary, get a referral to a specialist. During diagnosis, the doctor may perform tests and ask you questions. It’s important that you fully cooperate during the process so that you can get an accurate diagnosis.

Once a diagnosis is made, it’s time to proceed with treatment. If the reason for your pain is determined to be food-related, adjusting eating habits should be more than enough to alleviate the pain. It’s also important to check if you have allergies to foods or medications and/or if there are any adverse interactions involving the drugs and supplements you consume. For a hernia diagnosis, surgery is almost always the best solution. If the pain is caused by a severe condition such as Crohn's disease or cancer, the road to recovery is a bit more complicated.

If you feel pain around your belly button, especially if it persists, you should take action immediately by visiting your doctor because such pain might indicate a potentially life-threatening condition. But usually, the pain is caused by something common and relatively benign and, with a combination of treatments and lifestyle adjustments, you can free yourself from belly pain.

Towards the end of the article, you’ll find a detailed discussion on how belly button pain can be treated.

Belly Button Pain in Children

Pain in the abdominal area, including the belly button, cannot be accurately explained by simply looking at the affected area. A complete physical examination, plus other testing procedures would be able to give doctors a better diagnosis.

Pain can be intermittent or recurrent, as in the case of functional abdominal pain, also referred to as recurrent abdominal pain (RAP). Its exact cause is still to be determined, but the chemicals secreted by the brain or gut have been discovered to make the gut more sensitive to triggers, that normally do not have much impact. These changes in bowel function are known as functional abdominal pain, the most common complaints among children.

It encompasses different types of chronic pain, like recurrent abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and functional dyspepsia.

The pain is normally felt around the belly button, but there is usually no pattern. Pain may be felt suddenly or gradually increasing. It can be constant or increase/decrease, depending on the severity of the condition.

In some children, functional abdominal pain is accompanied by dyspepsia. For those who have upper abdominal pain, they also experience vomiting, nausea, and a feeling of fullness after only a few bites. Still some may experience bowel movements.

Causes vary from patient to patient. Young children will usually point to their belly button when asked. However, pain around the belly button area could be caused by several factors, and should be considered when evaluating a patient complaining of chronic abdominal pain. Possible causes include lactose intolerance, acid reflux, constipation, stomach infections caused by Helicobacter pylori, inflammatory bowel diseases, food allergies, gall bladder issues, inflamed pancreas, hepatitis, appendicitis, and parasitic infections of the small and large intestines.

Please take note that typically, these severe medication conditions do trigger abdominal pain in most children with recurrent bellyaches, the pain is referred to as "functional".

Risk Factors
There are cases where children that have been previously diagnosed to suffer from depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions exhibit exaggerated response to pain. It is also possible that the children's parents are not consciously aware of the emotional disturbances their child could be suffering from.

Other risk factors to be considered are emotionally traumatic experiences or physical abuse.

However, it is important for parents to understand that functional abdominal pain does not pose a threat to a patient's life. But, there are possible negative effects on a patient's psychological and physical state. The pain may hinder the patient from participating in any sports activities or extra-curricular activities in school. Their sleep and appetite may also be affected. These limitations are likely to have an impact on the patient's emotions, which can lead to anxiety and depression.

To arrive at an accurate diagnosis, doctors need to get hold of detailed information on the exact location of the pain, episode frequency, and duration. In addition, other physical complaints may also be considered.

Doctors will also be in the lookout for "red flags", like sudden loss of appetite, extreme weight loss, unusual rashes, mouth ulcers, fever, presence of blood in vomit or stool, and suddenly waking up in the middle of the night due to abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The diagnosis will be based on the symptoms, physical examination, and other screening tests.

If your child's doctor finds a specific cause for your child's pain, he will discuss with you some management solutions to relieve the symptoms for conditions that include celiac disease, infections, constipation, food allergies, and lactose intolerance. However, if the doctor fails to find the specific cause and functional abdominal pain is confirmed, your child's doctor will give reassurance that the pain is real. Managing functional abdominal pain means providing satisfactory quality of life for the child, through proper education, ample support, medications, and better coping skills.

It has to be noted that reaffirming the good outcome of functional abdominal pain and the positive results to your child's health are crucial for the child's welfare. Your doctor should also be able to address the fears your child has and identify the psychological and emotional stressors. While further tests could be needed to evaluate functional abdominal pain, you should also understand additional tests (that could be unnecessary) will cause stress and anxiety on your child.

Remember, if functional abdominal pain is the possible diagnosis, to spare your child from additional stress, tests should be limited to those that will only be useful to your child's condition.

The doctor would likely recommend choosing a healthier lifestyle for your child. Changes might include veering away from spicy and greasy foods, carbonated drinks, artificial juices, and caffeine. If your child is suffering from lactose intolerance, milk should be eliminated from his diet. If your child has excessive "gas", the doctor's advice could be to eat food slowly and stop drinking carbonated drinks.

Drug medications might also be recommended to alleviate pain and other symptoms. Should your child do not respond to medications, the doctor might change the dosage until positive results are reached.

In general, functional abdominal pain has a good outcome, with about half of the patients get better with or without treatment, within just a few weeks to months. The key is having an understanding environment, whether in school or at home.

The following is a summary of the recommended treatments for pain in the belly caused by 12 specific medical conditions:

1. When pain is caused by umbilical skin infection.

  • Easy remedy
    • Frequently wash the affected area with bacterial soap.
    • Make sure the skin around the wound is clean before applying topical cream.
    • Apply antibiotic cream (clindamycin/erythromycin).
    • Medications
      • To reduce inflammation
        • Motrin
        • Tylenol
        • Naproxen
      • For specific types of umbilical skin infection
        • Fungal infection – anti-fungal creams and medications
        • Bacterial infection – generally, the infection around the umbilical area is due to the staphylococcus bacteria. Antibiotics are usually prescribed as treatment.
        • Viral infection – typically, medications to treat viral infection is given.
    • Surgery – only when needed or there is no other option
      • Incision to drain abscess
      • Excision of the furuncle

2. When there is injury to the umbilical area, causing belly button pain.

For blunt-force trauma around the umbilical area

  • Easy treatment
    • For skin laceration
      • Area should be cleaned regularly.
      • Application of antibiotic cream on the affected area at least 2 times a day.
      • To relieve belly button pain, cold compress can be applied.
    • Medications
      • Analgesics to relieve pain
      • Motrin or Tylenol
    • Antibiotics (prescribed only when there is infection)

For penetrating injury around the belly button area

  • Easy treatment
    • Affected area should be cleaned regularly.
    • Topical application of antibiotic twice a day.
    • For pain relief, application of cold compress is advised.
    • Medications
      • Analgesics
        • Pain relievers
        • Opioids – for severe pain (hydrocodone/oxycodone)
        • NSAIDs – Motrin or Tylenol
      • Antibiotics – prescribed only when there is severe infection on the affected area.
    • When surgery is needed (for extreme cases).
      • Superficial wound is closed with sutures.
      • Further evaluation of the extent of injury – in cases where there is deep penetrating wound, doctors look out for possible lacerations on organs around the area, including small intestines, liver, kidney, pancreas, and other soft tissues. For bleeding wound, exploratory abdominal surgery is performed.

3. When appendicitis is the cause of umbilical pain.

  • Easy treatment
    • If fever is over 1020°F, tap the forehead with ice-old water or damp cloth.
    • Medications
      • Antibiotics (like Clindamycin and Vancomycin)
      • Analgesics (like Opioids)
    • Surgery
      • Ruptured appendix
        • Endoscopy (or laparoscopy) to remove pus and irrigate the appendix.
        • Surgical removal of the appendix is done after 4 to 6 weeks.
      • If appendix is not yet ruptured
        • Doctors recommend surgery to ensure no further infection or damage develops.

4. When hernia is causing the pain in the belly button area.

  • For strangulated or obstructed umbilical hernia
    • Medications
      • Antibiotics to treat infection before and after surgery (if any)
      • Analgesics, including Motrin or Tylenol, and Opioids (Hydrocodone)
      • Surgery
        • Open exploratory surgery is done for hernia excision and placement of mesh
    • For non-obstructed hernia
      • Easy treatment
        • Manually alleviating swelling
        • Application of ice pack to relieve pain
      • Medications
        • NSAIDs (Motrin or Tylenol)
        • Opioids
      • Surgery
        • Open exploratory surgery
        • Laparoscopic surgery

5. When duodenal cancer is the source of umbilical pain.

  • Medications
    • Analgesics
      • NSAIDs (contraindicated)
      • Opioids (Oxycodone/Hydrocodone)
      • For H. Pylori infection
      • Antacids – including Histamine ² receptor antagonists or H2RAs, like cimetidine, ranitidine, nizatidine, and famotidine.
      • PPIs or Proton pump inhibitors, like pantoprazole, rabeprazole, omeprazole, and lansoprazole.
    • Surgery
      • Endoscopic surgery is performed to treat bleeding ulcer.
        • Coagulation therapy – to stop bleeding
        • Injection therapy – norepinephrine is injected around the mucus membrane of the stomach or duodenum
        • Thermal endoscopy – application of heat to stop bleeding
        • Homeostatic clips – application of clips to control the bleeding
      • Vascular surgery
        • Procedure performed is embolization of the bleeding artery on the duodenal ulcer
      • Open exploratory surgery
        • Gastrojejunal reconstruction
        • Selective vagatomy (or the excision of vagus nerve)
        • Antrectomy and vagatomy, together with gastroduodenal reconstruction
        • Pyloroplasty and vagatomy

6. When mesenteric artery ischemia is the reason for pain in the belly button region.

  • Medications
    • Analgesics
      • To treat severe pain, Opioids are prescribed
    • Surgery
      • Vascular procedure, including embolectomy
      • Exploratory surgery to remove gangrenous colon and intestine

7. When irritable bowel syndrome is the cause for pain in the umbilical region

  • Easy treatment
    • Alter eating habits
      • Change to a low carbohydrate diet.
      • Stay away from lactose and fructose.
      • Eat foods that have high fiber content to help regularize bowl function.
      • Acupuncture will help regularize bowel movement.
      • Yoga will help control bowel movement and relief stress.
      • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Medications
      • Antidiarrheal tablets are given, like Opiates (Codeine and Opioids)
      • Antiemetic meds
      • Antispasmodic medications, like Donnatal, Mebeverine, and Phenobarbital
      • Laxatives as treatment for constipation
      • Probiotics are also recommended to help maintain the normal bacterial flora of bowel
      • Magnesium Aluminum Silcates
      • Tricyclic Antidepressants

8. When there is diverticulitis transverse colon that is causing the belly button pain

  • Easy treatment
    • Clear liquid diet is recommended.
    • Medications
      • Analgesics are given, including Opioids (Morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone).
      • NSAIDs, like Tylenol. Do not take NSAIDs that are known to result in bowel perforation.
      • Antibiotics, which include Levofloxacin, Metronidazole, Amoxicillin, and Ciprofloxacin, are often prescribed.
      • Intravenous fluid is introduced to treat dehydration. Intravenous antibiotics are also recommended.
    • Surgery
      • Recommended for the following scenarios:
        • Peritonitis (or peritoneal infection)
        • Perforation
        • Fistula formation
        • Profuse bleeding
        • Obstruction in the intestines
        • Spreading bacterial infection
      • Options
        • The affected segment in the colon or the intestine is removed and resection is performed.
        • Other surgical options might be available to help reduce complications.

9. If celiac disease is the reason for the pain in the belly button, the following are done:

  • Altering eating habits
    • Remove gluten in the diet, such as barley, oats, and wheat.
    • Refrain from eating cereals and pasta.
    • There are foods that may contain gluten, it is important to check the label for the following:
      • Salad dressings
      • Canned goods, like vegetables and soups
      • Chocolates
      • Ice creams
      • Yogurt
      • Coffee
      • Alcohol, particularly beer and other alcoholic beverages made from barley
  • Do not drink milk or eat other dairy products
  • Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Medications
    • Vitamin supplements
      • Recommendations include Vitamins B12, D, and E.
      • Malabsorption results in vitamin deficiency, hence, oral vitamin pills are recommended.

10. When colon cancer is the main reason for pain the belly button area.

  • Changes in eating habits
    • Eat more foods rich in fiber
    • Include more fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Medications
      • Laxatives and analgesics are given
      • Chemotherapy using these drugs, Fluorouracil and Capecitabine, are administered
    • Radiation
      • For a solitary tumor, radiation therapy is often recommended as treatment.
      • Open explorative laparotomy excision is performed for the lymph node, cancer segment, and the surrounding tissue that have been infected by cancer cells are removed via direct vision.

11. If Crohn’s disease is the reason for the pain the umbilical area, these are the recommended treatments.

  • Easy treatment
    • It’s important to keep the wound clean to avoid development of abscess.
    • Area should be kept clean, in cases of fistula and other surgical procedures.
    • Refrain smoking or chewing tobacco.
    • Medications
      • Anti-diarrheal medications are recommended, including Tincture of Opium, Loreamide, and Diphenoxylate with atropine.
      • Medications are prescribed to treat the following causes of diarrhea:
        • Small bowel syndrome
        • Ileocecal valve is not functioning
        • Lactase deficiency
        • Common infection
      • For treatment of spasms
        • Hyoscyamine
        • Dicyclomine
        • Propantheline
      • To treat tumor necrotic factors, the following are prescribed:
        • Natalizumab
        • Infliximab
        • Certolizumab Pegol
        • Adalimumab
      • Immunosuppressants, like Methotrexate, are also recommended.
      • Antibiotics are administered intravenously, when there is partial small intestine obstruction and intra-abdominal abscess.
      • Surgery

Surgery is recommended in the presence of these conditions:

  • Bowel abscess
  • Bowel perforation
  • Recurrent hemorrhage
  • Toxic mega colon

Performed are any of these surgical procedures:

  • Hemicolectomy or the partial removal of the affected segment of the intestine.
  • Colostomy – the procedure wherein a piece of the colon is diverted to a temporary and artificial opening in the abdominal wall to bypass the affected area of the colon.

12. When ulcerative colitis is causing the pain the belly button area.

  • Easy treatment
    • Eat foods that are rich in fiber.
    • Medications
      • For diarrhea
        • Loperamide
        • Tincture of Opium
        • Diphenoxylate with atropine
      • For spasms
        • Hyoscyamine
        • Dicyclomine
        • Propantheline
      • Aminosalicylates
        • Recommended for mild symptoms is Mesalazine.
      • Immunosuppressant
        • Azathioprine is recommended as alternative to corticosteroid.
        • Infliximab – use to treat moderate to severe ulcerative colitis.
        • Cyclosporine
    • Leukophoresis
      • This is a laboratory procedure which separates the white blood cells. It’s the process of removing abnormal WBC components from the blood.
      • This is said to be an effective therapy, however, few hospitals and laboratories offer this.
    • Surgery

Surgery is recommended if any of these scenarios are present:

  • There is profuse bleeding.
  • Symptoms are not alleviated despite medical treatment.
  • Mega colon is not responding to any kind of treatment.
  • Low protein
  • Low hemoglobin

Surgical procedures include:

  • Hemicolectomy – the affected segment of the intestine is removed
  • Colostomy

Effective Home Remedies for Belly Button Pain

The belly button area is one of the most sensitive regions in your body, hence, feeling pain around the area is a cause for alarm. Its dark, deep, and damp nature makes the umbilical area more prone to bacterial growth.

The following is a list of effective home remedies that you apply:

Salt and water mixture

  • This is one of the best home remedies, yet the simplest. Add salt to warm water and apply on your belly button with cotton ball. The heat from the water will stimulate blood circulation to the area. The salt is the disinfecting agent that helps inhibit the growth of microorganisms, yeasts, or bacteria. It also absorbs moisture from the area for faster healing.
  • Doctors recommend to apply antibacterial cream on the area after dabbing with warm water; just make sure that you pat the area dry with a clean cotton ball beforehand. Look for water-based creams.
  • Do this twice a day.

Applying warm compress

  • If there is severe infection, the area will be inflamed and you will feel intense pain. Apply warm compress over the area for about 5 to 10 minutes to help relieve pain. Doctors also recommend applying warm compress to drain out pus from the belly button.
  • You may also shower under warm water to help ease the symptoms.


  • Your common kitchen spice is a natural antibiotic. It can also act as antiseptic and help reduce inflammation. Apply turmeric paste over your belly button 3 times a day. You may also consume hot milk with turmeric powder mixed with a drop of honey. Drink every day to ensure internal healing.

Indian lilac

  • Indian lilac is more known as neem. It is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-septic, and anti-fungal properties. It inhibits the growth of bacteria and stops the infection from spreading. It also effectively helps ease the pain, itching, and reduces inflammation.
  • You can topically apply a mixture of neem oil and carrier olive oil on the affected area. A mixture of turmeric paste and neem also has the same effect.

Coconut oil

  • Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties. It also provides relief from pain, inflammation, and itching. You can apply a little warm coconut oil your belly button. This helps stop the spread of fungi and bacteria.

White vinegar

  • This kitchen staple helps stop discharge (if any) and speeds up healing. Its acidity prevents bacterial growth. Mix 1 part of white vinegar with 2 parts warm water. Dab a cotton ball and apply on your belly button. Let it stand for about 10 to 15 minutes, then you can rinse the area with warm water, thoroughly pat dry the area with clean cloth or a fresh cotton ball.
  • Do this 3 times a day for better results.


  • Soak a cotton ball on alcohol and rub on the affected area. Alcohol has an antiseptic property that sterilizes the area. It also helps prevent the growth of bacteria, thus, stopping the spread of the infection.

Aloe Vera

  • Aloe Vera is known for its soothing effect. It helps stop itching, reduce inflammation, and ease pain associated with umbilical infections. Cut open a leaf and apply the fresh extract on the affected area. After which, thoroughly clean and dry the area.
  • Do this at least 3 times a day for faster healing.

Tea tree oil

  • This is popular for its antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. It helps treat bacterial and yeast infections on the belly button. You can apply a few drops of the oil on the affected area. You can also mix about 5 drops of tea tree oil and 1 teaspoon of coconut or olive oil, then with a cotton ball, gently rub on the affected area.
  • Do this at least 3 times a day.

Calendula lotion

  • The extract from the calendula flower has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps inhibit the growth of bacteria, stops itching, relieves irritation, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain. You can directly apply the extract from the leaves or flowers on the affected area. Calendula lotion or ointment is available, as well.
  • Do this at least 3 times a day.


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      Leslie Ramos 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Great article! Thanks for sharing the various causes of pain. I have had some of these symptoms from time to time, never really worried about it, but will take it more seriously if should happen again. Pain should never be passed off without finding the cause, as you have shown could be something very serious requiring immediate attention.

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      Sree Lakshmi 2 years ago

      You are welcome :)

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      Johna387 2 years ago

      Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say superb blog! bfgckfafffeb

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      bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      Interesting! I got naval pain during pregnancy, but didn't realize it was more common among the non-pregnant.

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      Sree Lakshmi 2 years ago

      @John and @bethperry : Thanks for your wonderful comments :)

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      anas 2 years ago

      i went to the beach and did some swimming and cardio and after i went home i felt a sharp pain under my belly button and it gets worst when i move, any suggestions what is my problem?

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      LisaKeating 2 years ago

      Good information. Thanks for sharing you knowledge on this important topic.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      health.....Always so important to be aware of the signs and symptoms our body gives us......I appreciate this excellent hub on any pain in the specific area of our belly. Too often individuals will ignore discomforts or brush off pain as just an annoyance rather than our body alerting us to a potential serious health issue.

      Thank you, healthbooklet. Voted UP U&I....pinned & tweeted.

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      Sree Lakshmi 2 years ago

      @Lisa and @fbherj48 : Thanks for your great words :)

      @anas : kindly consult your doctor for more details after reading above information

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      T.doll 2 years ago

      Hi I am 23 years of age and have been facing sever pains around my belly button. I have seen a doctor but no diagnoses were made, it is bothering me on a weekly bases and I don't know how to handle this issue. #Please assist

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      Sree Lakshmi 2 years ago

      @T.doll : your information is not enough, Please consult your doctor/specialist for exact reason

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      Jacqui 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting hub. Thanks for sharing. Didn't realise belly button pain could be so many different things!

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      T.M. 2 years ago

      What about sharp-throbbing right below the surface near the button paim?

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      Nasr 2 years ago

      I been having pain next my belly botton thank u for the important healthy subject

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      Asha 2 years ago

      I just had a miscarriage n I think I may be pregnant again,can that cause the pain around my navel?

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      Karen 2 years ago

      Very Helpful! Thank YOU

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      Jessica 2 years ago

      I just woke up and all of a sudden, below my belly button it start having a sharp throbbing pain, i'm only 13. Most people would say i'm pregnant so I took one it said negative please help me. What's wrong with me and how can I get it to stop hurting without a doctor.

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      Anonymous 2 years ago


      Why do you even have to question if your pregnant at age 13?

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      natanya 2 years ago

      I have a throbbing achy pain from the inner part of my navel. What s wrong ...please help

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      rebecca 2 years ago

      Hi, I'm a 21 year old female. I have experienced sharp pain leading from my belly button straight down to my cliterus like a pulled string. This has happened a couple times today. Once while urinating and another just from going from a sitting position to standing. It was a terrible pain, to the point I had stopped immediately and was afraid to move anymore. I asked my doctor and he couldn't figure out what it could possibly be. I have googled it and it turns out a lot of people have had this same issue but no one knew what the cause was. Can you by any chance explain what this could be? I'm about worried and don't know where to turn. With all of the health issues from other members of my family I can't help but to be paranoid.

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      Abc 2 years ago

      I am 13yr and having pain in naval area since 2-3 days ,pl help me

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      henny 2 years ago

      I am having some rumblings in my stomach that later lead to pain under my navel, but its not severe what can I do.

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      Kathleen 2 years ago

      I have a sharp burning pain on the right side of my bellybotton when I bend I have been to the doctor had x- Ray and bloods done nothing is in them but I know something is there as the pain is unbearable when it comes could u help me please

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      HollyClaire 2 years ago

      I have a serious sharp pains behind my bekky button area, im strugling to move, I can't straigten my back or press my stomach without severe pain to the point where I cry in pain, painkillers arnt doing anything if anyone knows what this may be PLEASE email me!! ........

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      Teresa 2 years ago

      I have had consistent pain above my belly button as long as I remember. I was diagnosed with IBS years ago. Never followed up and always constipated. It never stops. I'm laying here in tears now because of the pain. At one time they mentioned Crohns disease. At the time there was really nothing they could do about it except for diet. We are talking probably 35 years ago. Then I ended up with no insurance for years. Sounds like I need to go back. Maybe they can help me. The pain is disabilitating.

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      Emilija3860 2 years ago

      I've been dealing with an issue like that since I was 8. It's very random, and the most painful thing i have ever experienced. I went to a lot of doctors. Family, gyno, gasterointerologist.. I've had MRIs, cts, contrast, ultrasounds, diagnostic laporoscopies, and x-rays. I've been put on birth control and a number of other things.

      Finally, as a last resort, a doctor told me that sometimes, the umbilicus grows back inside (like it's supposed to), and attatches to an organ as a tendon type of thing. And he said that maybe, sometimes, for whatever reason, it's getting stretched. He said he could go in and snip it and see if that'd improve it. Miraculously, it did. That was around 6 years ago, and I haven't had an episode since. It's still tender to touch. But never the debilitating pain from before.

      I hope this helps those of you that can't stand up, turn a certain way, lay down, or do anything. . I was terrified and so alone through it all, because no one truly understood.

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      mari 24 months ago

      I am 37 years old female. I have belly button pain I went to my DR. he said stomach ulcer.

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      jude 24 months ago

      Mari what is a stomach ulcer ?

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      neth 23 months ago

      i am 41 yrs.old i have pain some parts around my navel pain its pain when i press i have history of c.s. operation and when i finish to eat i feel pain and not every time please advise me what to do.

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      Lyn2015 23 months ago

      Hi, I had pain started yesterday in my upper right part of my navel that's the part that hurt most... So earlier today I've read online what it is that scared me most so I decided to go to urgent care since it was hurting so badly. But the doctor said it's bacterial infection even though it's not swelling and my navel is dry and no foul smell... So doc gave me cream and ointment to apply. I'm hurting at this moment specially when I bend. I'll see the result after 7 days of using the medicine that doc prescribed. Hope it goes away coz it's very uncomfortable can't even carry a baby properly coz of pain. BTW great article! Thanks!

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      Mrs C 22 months ago

      Not happy since I can't zoom in on the images to see exactly where is what on the one belly button image. Disappoint really.

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      viv25 22 months ago

      lyn2015- what happened to your pain?

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      Sylvia 19 months ago

      I have been in for an op on the 26 june they corrected my belly button from a prevus op sence then i have had 4 lots of antybiotic and still felling unwell i have a pain to the left side of my belly button it is there every day and is not getting any beter please can you help sister

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      Sree Lakshmi 19 months ago

      @Sylvia: Your issue is sensitive and provided information is also less. So, Please consult your doctor as early as possible.

      Take care Sister Sylvia :) You will be Ok soon :)

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      Jack 19 months ago

      I have just started taking probiotics. Should this be the reason for belly button pain?

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      Izabella 18 months ago

      I was in class and randomly got a sharp pain around my belly button. I have never felt this pain before, it gets worst with movement. Does anyone know what it might be?

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      Lucy Grant 18 months ago

      I had the sensation below my bellybutton as though something was pulsating and moving around...gave it some serious thought and stopped drinking a glass of orange juice every morning...after a week, all the "pinging" stopped...hope some of you who are having this problem are reading this.

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      Bloz]\ 15 months ago

      Why do I have bloating with discomfurt above my belly button A fat full

      stomach. My gall bladder was removed three years ago. I was also diagnosed with acute diverticullosis. Why is the area above above my stomach so extended.

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      Alex 14 months ago

      Hello, My 17 months old Daughter has been uncomfortable with signs of pains in the Navel area. what do I do?

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      ellie 14 months ago

      Yesterday my bellybutton was really painful and it even bleed what can that mean?

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      Tammy 14 months ago

      I recently found out I have a very small umbilical hernia. This past weekend I had such cramping around my navel that lasted over 12 hours and became severe over time. I was too stubborn to go to emerg so I went to see my dr. I think it could be related to my hernia but she thinks it's something else? It was almost like contactions at times and I'm definitely NOT pregnant. I guess I just wait for the reaults of the tests I had done and maybe request for an ultrasound to be Done again on the hernia? The pain is gone now and hopefully doesn't come back.

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      pinku 12 months ago

      wholesome information...just fantastic

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      Celestial 7 months ago

      Hi my son is 8 and he's pain below his belly when turns to his side can't feel the pain but only when he ly on his back very pain I counted between 1-10 he said it's 10 pain is come n go any help for this please,

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      Marc 6 months ago

      Great info but i have been getting this random huge pain behind my belly button. It's like if something was pulling on a string attached from my bb to my penis i have had 2 ultrasounds done for this problem. Oh and also right after the pain i have to go pee and let it out slowly or else i will get

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      Lauren 6 months ago

      I got really stomach pain and it feels like someone is stabbing me and burning pain

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      Zaid khan 5 months ago

      I m 18 years old, my problem is that during sleeping at night a big pain stand below my belly because of this i can't sleep and the pain rises at the top of my chest and it hurts my heart... Please tell me what should I do now I have already concerned a doctor but they did not catch my point... Thank you for reading...

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      Jen 4 months ago

      Hey, I am keep getting this pain which has happened over two day i was fine Wednesday woke you with shooting pain below my belly button help not sure what it could be

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      Jordan 3 weeks ago

      A week ago I found a nodule behind my navel, it hurts when I move and I feel nauseous.. I am looking at all possible options. Please tell me what should I do now I have already concerned a doctor but they did not catch my point... Hope you can help, Many thanks!

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