L'belly button is - unfortunately - a “ideal” place for fungal infections. Your navel is indeed a very isolated area on your body, an area where bacteria can thrive without you realizing it. But for what reason?
The reason is pretty simple: the body is full of bacteria, with some living in dry areas, and others living in oily areas. The skin folds of the navel they form a humid environment, with the perfect conditions for the life of the fungi, which here can thrive, multiply and create an imbalance of the normal bacterial balance of the skin.
If such an imbalance is generated, this causes a fungal infection of the navel. The warm and humid environment of the navel is a paradise for fungal growth and a common reason why problems occur in this area.
Fungi can also create an infection if you have one poor personal hygiene. If you don't wash your navel regularly, fungal bacteria can multiply more easily. In fact, remember that sweat and humidity from water and sweat are both nourishing elements for mushrooms, encouraging them to grow and spread.
Still, a weakened immune system is another reason why you can be prone to navel fungal infections. So if you have an autoimmune disease, or if you are physically or mentally stressed, your immune system will be adversely affected. This means that white blood cells may no longer function effectively and will stop fighting the foreign bacteria infecting your body. When this happens, the skin's natural bacterial balance can be altered, allowing the fungi to penetrate the outer layer of the skin with enzymes.
Who can suffer from navel infections?
Navels have different shapes and sizes. Some of these are external and easy to keep clean, while others lie flat or go deep inside. Unfortunately, a navel infection can occur regardless of its shape and size, and this applies to children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. In short, everyone can contract a navel fungal infection.
However, there are some groups of people who have greater chance of developing an infection fungal. Athletes who sweat excessively for a long period of time are one of these groups: the navel is in fact a skin fold that can retain sweat to create a humid environment and, as mentioned several times, ideal for fungi.
The overweight people they are another group that has a better chance, even if they are not as physically active as athletes are. If you are overweight, you have a greater tendency to sweat - even in the navel! In addition, the "rolls" of meat on the stomach form deposits that can cover the navel and make it a moist bacterial area, hidden in the folds of the skin.
The third group consists of persons subjected to antibiotic treatments, which promote the growth of fungal infections. The purpose of taking antibiotics is to kill harmful bacteria but ... with one problem: antibiotics cannot distinguish between "good" and "bad" bacteria, and therefore will kill both. Once the good bacteria on the skin are gone, the fungi will have a chance to grow and infect more easily.
How to prevent navel infection
The best way to treat navel mushrooms in growth and other forms of skin disorders is to prevent them from reaching a full-fledged stage of infection. But how can you do it?
Given that fungi are particularly common in the humid areas of your body, it is particularly important to focus on keeping the navel clean and dry. You can do this with the following tips:
- make sure you gently wash your navel with a soap that fights bacteria and wash it every day;
- carefully dries the navel after washing so that it remains dry and does not become a growth center for fungal bacteria;
- avoid retaining sweat by washing and drying the navel after physical activities;
- put talcum powder in the navel to keep it dry all day;
- regularly change sports clothes so as not to wear the same wet shirt;
- wear loose clothing so that the skin inside and around the navel can breathe. In fact, if the skin is always covered, moisture and sweat will form. In addition, it is good to train with breathable shirts that avoid an excess of sweat in the body.
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How to treat navel infection
If you have a navel red, sore and itchy, accompanied by unpleasant odors, can be the sign of a fungal infection.
Whatever the fungal infection is ... know that it will not go away by itself, but that you will need to act promptly. Fungal infections of the navel must in fact always be treated to completely eradicate the infection and prevent it from consolidating and getting worse.
To do this, you can help yourself with ointments and fungicidal creams that are easily purchased at the pharmacy. In most cases, they will completely get rid of the fungal infection, but in some cases, treatment with tablets is also necessary.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
If the symptoms do not go away after two weeks of using the pharmaceutical product, or if you have doubts about the symptoms, consult your referring doctor or a dermatologist. The specialist will be able to examine the infected skin more closely and use a simple test to give a better diagnosis.
In any case, we suggest that you always talk to a doctor in order to understand not only if it is a navel fungal infection, but also to be able to identify the most useful treatment right away. This way you will notice the healing times and avoid resorting to expensive and ineffective products.