100 lb. Club - You're not the only one: Smelly Belly Button




Goddess Jessica
12-11-2009, 01:39 AM
I am posting this because I know I am not the only one with this issue and I am tired of being ashamed of it.

I have a SMELLY belly button.

Every other week my belly button oozes disgusting fluid that stinks. I wash out my belly button all the time, dry it carefully and yet I still have this problem. I've been reading it online and I suspect it's a yeast infection. Tea tree oil for daily maintenance and anti-fungal cream for "breakouts" seems like the good way to go.

Also, if anyone gets a rash under your breasts (when you exercise or sweat) that's also a yeast infection and I found anti-fungal FOOT spray works great for that.

I hope that this helps someone out because I wish I would have known that this isn't all that weird!


cfmama
12-11-2009, 02:39 AM
Yep. I gets the smelly button too! I do a vinegar rinse, water rinse, THEN I use grapefruit seed extract! It's a powerful antimicrobial and works like a hot darn!

KathyJo
12-11-2009, 03:08 AM
Oh my goodness! Now I'm not usually the one to talk about things like this, but I have only recently had rashes under my boobs and I was thoroughly confused about what it was from! Wow, thanks :)


PinkyPie
12-11-2009, 07:13 AM
:lol: I thought mine was because I took out my navel ring ages ago when I started to get fat and my fatness causes the oozing and smelliness now and again.

I use a really old fashioned salve that I got from the chemists when it acts up and it seems to do the trick.

Eliana
12-11-2009, 09:09 AM
Oh my! I didn't know that could happen. I'm really glad you posted this just in case it ever does because I think that would freak me out if I hadn't ever heard of it before. I think women should be more open about things like this!

paris81
12-11-2009, 09:12 AM
I think that everyone has a smelly belly button...I mean, it's practially an enclosed space. I remember talking about this in a group of (really good, close) friends...3 other women, all with smelly belly buttons, none of them overweight (so it's not a "fat person" thing--finally!).

Thighs Be Gone
12-11-2009, 09:26 AM
My belly button is extremely sensitive. My hubby used to poke at it or even try to carress it--finally he stopped when I plain told him it made me very uncomfortable.

Bonnie+J
12-11-2009, 09:51 AM
My belly button is extremely sensitive. My hubby used to poke at it or even try to carress it--finally he stopped when I plain told him it made me very uncomfortable.

its not just me! mine is very sensitive too, it actually hurts a little when my husband goes at it, even by accident.

and as for the smelly belly button, i thought that was just me too! love this post!

cathydoe
12-11-2009, 10:11 AM
For those of you that have a belly that hangs down...I have had a yeast infection there before. I didn't even realize it...but I had my annual check up and showed my Doc. She gave me some yeast infection powder...well it was a prescription. Now during the hot season I use regular powder and put it under my belly and boobies...helps a lot.

Funny thing is one of my co-workers who moved here (to the mid west) from LasVegas never really experienced HUMIDITY. Well her first summer I told her about powder under the boobies. She is a little thing too. So lots of people experience sweat in not so pleasant places :) Oh yeah, she was excited when I told her about the powder idea...she hadn't ever thought about it. LOL

Suzyszoo
12-11-2009, 10:37 AM
I am a powder fiend! Bellybutton, under boobs, and even on my inner thigh helped chafing drastically!

Eliana
12-11-2009, 10:38 AM
I have been known to put a swipe of deodorant under my breasts. I hate that wet/sticky feeling.

kaplods
12-11-2009, 11:27 AM
I was getting a severe, awful looking rash, that my dermatologist concluded was probably sebhorreic dermatitis. She said it was caused by the same yeast that causes dandruff (I was getting it places other than my scalp - worst on my nose and forehead).

She suggested that I use a zync pyrithione shampoo (like some formulations of Head & Shoulders) as my face and body wash. She also gave me a prescription steroid cream for flares.

Now, it's the only soap I use. Zinc kills viruses and bacteria, so I also use zinc oxide cream and stick. The stick is clear, so I can use on my face. The zinc oxide cream I use is the Johnson's 3in1 (it's a diaper rash cream, I learned that the zinc oxide creams in the first aid, skin care and sunblock sections are the same formulas as diaper rash creams, only put in different boxes).

I use the Johnson's because it's the only one I've found that feels like a lotion, and not Crisco.

Since using the Head & Shoulders (usually Walmart's generic, because it's half the price), I have had almost no skin problems of any kind. I rarely even get a pimple anymore. Not only does it control the seb derm, but also my rosacea, sweaty-boob-rash, stinky bellybutton, thigh rub, under-belly rash, burning-itchy feet (they looked fine but I'm guessing I had a mild athlete's foot), scaley elbows and knees (if you've seen the movie, My Big, Fat Greek Wedding - it's my Windex)...

I use the shampoo as my daily soap, add about once a week, use the zinc cream to the problem areas. I almost never have to use the prescription steroid cream unless I've forgotten to use the zinc cream in a while.

My only complaint is that I loved scented bath products, and hate to be stuck with only a few scents (Walmart's brand has only one, but Head & Shoulders comes in a few). But even when I've tried to alternate the zinc shampoo with a regular product, I notice the difference almost immediately.

JayEll
12-11-2009, 01:04 PM
Clean the areas of irritation and dry them thoroughly. Then apply Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel (made by Monistat--find it in the feminine products aisle).

Jay

gumboot
12-11-2009, 01:07 PM
She suggested that I use a zync pyrithione shampoo (like some formulations of Head & Shoulders) as my face and body wash. She also gave me a prescription steroid cream for flares.


Kaplods, Do you find the head and shoulders dries your skin? I suffer from really dry skin all seasons of the year, not just winter. I wonder if it will affect me negatively if I use the head and shoulders as a body wash?

Also, where do you buy the clear zinc stick that you use on your face?

JulieJ08
12-11-2009, 01:17 PM
I would't say it hurts to *touch* my belly button, but it definitely hurts to poke it - like when cleaning it. It actually causes pain, um, elsewhere, which is weird.

starfishkitty
12-11-2009, 01:20 PM
Wow! Who knew?! That's crazy.... I had this problem a little while back but it's pretty much cleared up now that my... er... stomach doesn't fold over on itself so much as it used to.... :o

thistoo
12-11-2009, 02:11 PM
Fact: You can get a yeast infection anywhere on your body that has a tendency to get damp and stay covered! I learned this when I got one in the cleft of my behind. Yes, that's right, the butt crack. NOT COOL. It was during the summer when it was hot and humid here in the south, and there was plenty of sweating going on back there. Ew. But it happens to a lot of women, so at least we're all in it together.

JayEll
12-11-2009, 04:45 PM
It happens to guys, too... :o

Jay

medinazarley
12-11-2009, 05:05 PM
So there's a prodect called between the sheets, you can order it from pure romance (you know the dirt toy party company) also other similar company carry similar products. in the *market8 its said to make your sheets silky 7 eliminate the 'wet spot' but I have used it under my boobies and on my thighs to help with sweating and chafing.

Trazey34
12-11-2009, 07:21 PM
Now i can't get Phoebe's "Smelly Cat" from Friends out of my head!!!

smmelllllly button..... smellllly buttonnnnn howwww are they cleaning youuuu

chickybird
12-11-2009, 07:36 PM
I've used Head and Shoulers as a body wash per Kaplod's advice since last summer off and on. Here's the thread--I'm posting it because it talked about a skin problem I had 2 summers ago, and the head and shoulders helped with that too, even though it wasn't a yeast infection.
It didn't dry me out at all, but then again I don't have super dry skin.
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/general-chatter/146478-my-lovely-armpits-sarcasm.html

medinazarley
12-11-2009, 08:53 PM
chicky, I LOVE your avatar. it cracked me up.

Goddess Jessica
12-11-2009, 09:15 PM
JulieJ08 - OMG. ME TOOO! The elsewhere is shocking and uncomfortable. LOL. I thought I was the only one!!!

chickybird
12-11-2009, 09:47 PM
Thanks Medinazarley! unfortunately, it is often true;)

HeatherMcG
12-11-2009, 10:17 PM
I was getting a severe, awful looking rash, that my dermatologist concluded was probably sebhorreic dermatitis. She said it was caused by the same yeast that causes dandruff (I was getting it places other than my scalp - worst on my nose and forehead).

She suggested that I use a zync pyrithione shampoo (like some formulations of Head & Shoulders) as my face and body wash. She also gave me a prescription steroid cream for flares.

Now, it's the only soap I use. Zinc kills viruses and bacteria, so I also use zinc oxide cream and stick. The stick is clear, so I can use on my face. The zinc oxide cream I use is the Johnson's 3in1 (it's a diaper rash cream, I learned that the zinc oxide creams in the first aid, skin care and sunblock sections are the same formulas as diaper rash creams, only put in different boxes).

I use the Johnson's because it's the only one I've found that feels like a lotion, and not Crisco.

Since using the Head & Shoulders (usually Walmart's generic, because it's half the price), I have had almost no skin problems of any kind. I rarely even get a pimple anymore. Not only does it control the seb derm, but also my rosacea, sweaty-boob-rash, stinky bellybutton, thigh rub, under-belly rash, burning-itchy feet (they looked fine but I'm guessing I had a mild athlete's foot), scaley elbows and knees (if you've seen the movie, My Big, Fat Greek Wedding - it's my Windex)...

I use the shampoo as my daily soap, add about once a week, use the zinc cream to the problem areas. I almost never have to use the prescription steroid cream unless I've forgotten to use the zinc cream in a while.

My only complaint is that I loved scented bath products, and hate to be stuck with only a few scents (Walmart's brand has only one, but Head & Shoulders comes in a few). But even when I've tried to alternate the zinc shampoo with a regular product, I notice the difference almost immediately.

OMG, kaplods. You may have seriously just helped me out a ton. I have been diagnosed by a derm with adult onset seb dermatitis. The only relief I get (which is very temprary) is from bleach in my bathwater and shellacking myself with topical steroids. I am seriously at the end of my ropes. The rash started on my face and has crept all over. Several biopsies and tests all say dermatitis but normal derm treatments do not work. I am going out tomorrow to get the H & S as well as the Johnson's.... but tell me about this zinc stick.... where do I find it? Cost? Brand? Thank you so much. I know this only *might* work for me. But, I am out of options and I would rather not spend the rest of my life looking the my face is rotting off!!! Thanks!!

famograham
12-12-2009, 12:10 AM
Jess and JulieJ08....I have the SAME thing ( the poking belly button and feeling it somewhere ELSE)! It must be some sort of nerve path connection...

And the belly button...yup, me too.

xoxoxox
:hug:
Linda

kaplods
12-12-2009, 01:14 AM
OMG, kaplods. You may have seriously just helped me out a ton. I have been diagnosed by a derm with adult onset seb dermatitis. The only relief I get (which is very temprary) is from bleach in my bathwater and shellacking myself with topical steroids. I am seriously at the end of my ropes. The rash started on my face and has crept all over. Several biopsies and tests all say dermatitis but normal derm treatments do not work. I am going out tomorrow to get the H & S as well as the Johnson's.... but tell me about this zinc stick.... where do I find it? Cost? Brand? Thank you so much. I know this only *might* work for me. But, I am out of options and I would rather not spend the rest of my life looking the my face is rotting off!!! Thanks!!

The zinc stick I found with the sunscreens at Walmart. The brand is called
Solar Sense Clear Zinc SPF 45 for face - it comes in a tube like chapstick.

It seems to be a seasonal product that Walmart only carries in the summer, but I found it online (there may be cheaper sources, but I just checked amazon because I use it all the time).
http://www.amazon.com/Solar-Sense-Clear-0-45-Ounce-Tubes/dp/B000NSRWNW


Interestingly - I also found that the same brand carries other clear zinc products. I think I'll order the Clear Zinc for body, for myself - it may be even better than the Johnson's.

(here's a page with a bunch of the products listed)

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dhpc&field-keywords=Solar+Sense




I don't remember what I paid - but I'm a serious cheapskate. If any had been more than $5, I would have remembered. I think the Johnson's is about $3, the zinc stick was about $5. The Crisco-style zinc oxide creams are even cheaper (under $2), but they're a serious nuissance, because of the greasiness and the white grease trail. That being said, I still will occasionally use my Crisco-style tube (if only not to let it go to waste) for night time.

As for the shampoo I use the Walmart version of the Head and Shoulders in the biggest bottle they carry (it's nearly half the cost of the Head and Shoulders and works just as well), and it's also under $5.

The advantage (and disadvantage) of the super-cheap Crisco-like stuff is that it does not wipe or wash off easily. If I'm having a really bad flare, I do tend to use the really greasy stuff (at least at night, or if I'm not leaving the house - and am willing for hubby to make fun of me) for two reasons.

1. I think it works a tad bit better than the more convenient versions. Possibly just because it doesn't wipe off easily.

2. It's super cheap, so during a bad flare, I'm frosting myself with it, and not worrying about using up the tube. During bad flares, I would go through a tube of the Johnson's in a week.

JulieJ08
12-12-2009, 12:02 PM
:rofl:, is there *anywhere* else we can learn we are not alone on *these* things?! :)

Suezeeque
12-12-2009, 12:06 PM
After my bath I spray my crotch, under my belly, under my breasts and my armpits with antiperspirant spray deoderant and no rashes or odor. I used to have the bellybutton problem. I suspect it was fungal because it was resistant to any treatment. I finally used Nizoral cream. I'm going to try the Head and Shoulders as a body wash just as a preventative. Thanks for that Kaplods.