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About 3 weeks ago my belly button started to burn, became

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About 3 weeks ago my belly button started to burn, became red and itchy. I thought to myself that I had been silly and not dried it properly, so spent time to dry and clean it using anticeptic etc. The pain did not go away, in fact it got worse and then it started oozing a creamy yellowish liquid. I kept cleaning and drying, but the leakage didn't stop. I continued to feel pain and an uncomfortable pulling feeling. After about a week, I noticed a creamy coloured lump coming out of my belly button. I looked at it closer and it came out more. The next minute a creamy plug of something came out of my belly button that had the consistancy of cheese. After this came it it felt much better and I was hoping the leakage would stop. Unfortunately it has now been another week and it still hasn't stopped. I am no longer in pain as such, it just still has a bit of a drawing feeling. The problem now is more embarrasing than anything. What could it be and is it dangerous?
Did you have any lump in your belly button before all this started?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
No I dont think so, my belly button is an inny and quite deep, so I wouldn't have noticed if I did until the pain started
Has all the redness gone away?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Mostly, but it is still redish inside, but not as tender.
OK. Most likely there was a small lump there before you noticed all of this. What you have is a sebaceous cyst--a plugged oil gland. These occasionally become infected, and the creamy yellow liquid was pus. If they drain all the pus spontaneously, the infection usually subsides without the need for antibiotics. Then you're left with an uninfected cyst, and the old oil trapped inside typically looks like cottage cheese. This isn't dangerous, but it won't go away on it's own. Even if you could squeeze all the contents out and it looked like nothing was there anymore, the cyst wall is still there, and sooner or later, the cyst refills and becomes noticeable and again could become infected. The only certain effective treatment for these cysts is to have them completely excised under local anaesthesia. The procedure would take about 15 minutes.
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