Hello I was in the emergency room on Monday for

Patient : Hello. I was in the emergency room on Monday for severe abdominal pain that had lasted since Saturday. It started around my belly button and spread from there. I was diagnosed with a UTI and had an ultrasound that showed no problems in the abdominal area. I have been on ciprofloxacin (500 mg every 12 hours) since Monday and the pain has subsided. However, I recently went for a shower and noticed a foul smelling ooze coming out of my belly button. It is a dark brown around the bellow button but if I look inside (I have a deep innie) there is a white-ish ooze. I am thinking it is possible I have a belly button infection that is being treated by the antibiotics but I am not sure if i need to return to the ER. I live in Spain which makes communicating with doctors a bit problematic because I don't speak the language perfectly.
Symptoms:  Foul smelling brown and white ooze from belly button
Doctor :   Hello, Thank you for your query at AskTheDoctor.com I understand your concern. Yes, it definitely does sound like a b elly button infection. I would advise you to start applying Mupirocin ointment locally on the belly button area, twice daily. It may take 3-5 days to settle down. If it worsens, or the discharge increases, then I recommend you visit the ER, but as of now just the ointment would do. Feel free to discuss further.

Comments / Follow Ups

Patient: Thank you! Should I apply it around the belly button or actually attempt to put it inside the belly button? I know it can be quite dangerous to push thing inside so my guess is that I should apply it on the surface only?
Doctor: Yes apply only on the surface, and you can apply gently even inside. It is not going to cause any harm.
You may need prescription for the medicine.
Patient: Thank you! I appreciate your help!
Doctor: Thanks and God bless!
You can write back to me once you feel better.

Related Q&A

Q: I have a fever on thurday i took advil to prevent and then on friday night I have problem of frequent urination

Q: Looking for only a urologist Dr KUMAR to answer this So as a recap in mid December, she developed an ecoli uti. It...

Q: I think I have a UTI. I am on Accutance 10 mg/per day. Is there a safe antibiotic to take?

Q: 85 year old female. Has ostomy bag (bladder removed 20 years ago). Patient has had chronic UTIs in the last 6 month...

Q: Hi i have been diagnosed with e coli in my urine.I have had problems passing urine and also have a bloated feeling in...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon