You must have overlooked your navel or belly button hygiene.
Unfortunately, this neglected part of the body houses lots of bacteria. Rob Dunn – a science writer and a biologist at North Carolina State University in an interview , gave a report of the Belly Button Biodiversity Project which he was part of.
He said, on “the average belly button, we’re finding tens of species of bacteria and other organisms. And across a group of people, we find thousands of kinds of bacteria living in belly buttons.” Oh yeah! Check yours, as some terribly stink as well.
Most Innies are likely to have their belly buttons smell, this is because it is indented and therefore provides a trapped environment for bacteria. In as much as some bacteria are harmless, too much of them can lead to fungal infections.
Now the problem is not just the offensive odour but the infection as well. Sweat, dead skin, soapy moisture when bathing and general dirt are all housed in that navel. What do you expect?
The outies are not safe either as the belly button which is from folded skin can get infected with candidal intertrigo which affects armpits, groin, or belly button making the skin red, scaly, and even bring up blisters.
Proper Hygiene will fix or prevent this…
How to keep the belly button clean
1. Once in a while, you can use a mixture of warm water and mild soap to wash the belly button. Some may opt for hydrogen peroxide or alcohol in place of warm water. However, ensure you wash or apply the liquid with a mild clean cloth or a cotton swabs (buds) after which the navel should be rinsed with clean water and dried completely with a mild towel.
2. If you have a piercing on the belly button, kindly use SEA salt mixed in water for cleansing and if the odour or infection persist, ensure you see your doctor. (Do not remove the jewelry while treating)
3. If you have redness on or around the belly button, kindly use a washing solution that is formulated for sensitive skin or feminine wash. DO NOT USE alcohol or Hydrogen peroxide in the case of redness. Baby or olive oil can be used in such cases.
4. If the odour or infection persist, kindly visit a doctor promptly.
5. On a general note, always dry the Innie or Outie navel after taking your bath.