So, I was laying in bed and I took my bellybutton ring out. I was digging around in my bellybutton and found a hard, scab-like substance. I had noticed it before, but it was deep and I thought it was part of where my umbilical cord was cut when I was a baby, so I never messed with it. Well, it seemed to have gotten bigger, so I started scratching at it. Parts of it came off, like a scab. I couldn't get both fingers in there to pull it out. So I got tweezers. Gently, I started pulling at it, trying to pull of the scab part. It came out easily. But it wasn't what I expected. The top part was a brownish colored dry scab looking thing. It was attached to a white, black, and gray little tail looking thing. It reminded me of a tadpole. The outsides of the tail were whitish. It was soft and the inside was black. What was it that I pulled out? Do I have an infection or was that something I shouldn't have messed with. It wasn't painful or anything.
Sounds like a bit of old dried out skin that hasn't fallen off. Belly buttons are notorious for collecting bits of old skin, sweat, muck and grunge. We often forget to clean them out and we end up with a lump of gunk that can look pretty yuckky. Sometimes it can even smell disgusting! My male friend has a funny looking belly button and it often gets like what you have mentioned. Sometimes he gets a bit of pus and it turns red but with a bit of aloe on it, it goes away.
Don't worry, you aren't growing frogs in your belly button! Just clean there with a Q-tip a bit more often!
Yea thats totally normal, I've gotten the same thing too and it freaked me out also! It kind of looked like a scab and i got it out with tweezers and its just old skin and maybe dirt. You're ok! I've taken to cleaning out my belly button every once and a while just so it doesn't get too gross. If you take some diluted peroxide and put in your belly button and take a q tip and kind of gently scrub around in there a little bit, your belly button is all nice and squeeky clean afterwards!
wow, thank God for the internet. that's exactly what I did! This is like a belly button debris support group! I have no idea what that crud was made of but I do feel better that it's not just me! THANKS!
I have that i was kinda freaking out thinking i was the only one..i noticed it when i was small but mine was grayish and all the way down to the bottom of my belly button i pulled it with some tweezers n it hurt like if i was pulling something from inside my stomache..when i finally got it out there was a small whole like were my umbilical cord was..i stopped messing with it n it still came back until i got a belly button pierceing it changed from grayish to white n i started getting more stomache pains outta no were....is it an infection i have had since i was little??
OMG thank God I came to your post!!! I have been having a lot of tummy trouble lately and have had to drastically change my diet....my fiancee is convinced that there is more going on with my tummy than I am thinking and when I discovered this rock-like substance in my belly button tonight I was freaking out thinking she was right!! Thank GOD you all had the same problem, here I am thinking I needed to give a 911 call to my PC! It's exactly like what you guys are describing, thank you for assuaging my fears, you all rock!!!
I had the same thing too. I found a hard little thing in my belly button since a few days. My boyfriend told me it could be my umbilical cord covered with dirt. While trying to clean it the thing started moving. Then in the shower I cleaned it more n I actually did not feel any pain and completely removed it. It was whitish inside like some little egg. It was hard n look disgusting. I am so happy it's out from there. I have very good personal hygiene normally. N was shocked at what had been formed there. Thank God it's out, and I clean my navel everyday now.
I have had the sorest belly button in the world to the point where ive been on antibiotics and tramadol for the pain as its an infection. Hardly able to walk, Ive had yellow discharge coming out of it and my belly button is normally tucked in like a hole and rite now its sticking out from my belly by about 5mm!!
looks revolting. i was just cleaning it and a white egg like thing popped out! it was like a little hard seed. I broke it open and it was like the same colour as cooked tuna. pretty yuck. may be the infection i think as i kinda feel instantly better... anyone had a similar experience?
this is completely normal. Honestly o wouldn't even bother the doc unless I felt pain while lying on it. Which has happened to me. My doctor said peroxide and que tips are athe way to go, but peroxide is very hard on the layer of skin on your belly button. So dilute it with water. Never pull the scab off its ther for a reason lol even though it is interesting how it almost always seems like a hair or a string is attached to it, and no pain unless you have a real problem. Hey go away quick but dilute your peroxide, or it can actually be part of the problem. Seriousely don't fill entire belly button with peroxide laying in bed and let it bubble. It's a temporary fix but can mead to severe pain DILUTE the peroxide.
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