In most cases, navel pain does not have to worry, but there are some related symptoms that need to be kept under control
Navel pain is a fairly common disorder. Depending on the frequency with which it occurs, the intensity and other symptoms related to it, this type of pain may not be worrying at all, or even serious illnesses may be hidden.
If you suffer from navel pain, you should first observe how often it occurs, note the ailments and consider consulting a specialist.
For navel pain the causes can be many and different but it is not always easy to distinguish the type of problem.
Navel pain: bruising
Located in the central part of the abdomen, it can be a pain above the navel, below or all around. A first important distinction to be made in observing navel pain is whether it is of cutaneous origin, with symptoms also visible externally, or whether it is behind it, with the possibility of an internal infection.
The navel is a delicate part of the body, in which the skin can easily redden and become inflamed. The reddened navel may be a symptom of omphalitis. Defalite is an infection of the navel: although it generally occurs more frequently in newborns, it can also affect adults. In general, in addition to pain and redness, there are other skin evidences such as swelling or foul-smelling secretion even with pus leakage.
In the newborn it is due to pathogenic microorganisms that attack the wound remained open after the fall of the umbilical stump. In adults, on the other hand, it could be caused by the particular shape of the navel that hinders complete cleaning, or by poor hygiene. In severe cases it can also give rise to fever. In both cases the inflamed navel can be treated with zinc oxide, but if it does not heal within a reasonable time it is advisable to consult a doctor.
Sudden navel pains: appendicitis, ovarian cysts, urinary tract infections
If your pain is placed in the lower abdomen and suddenly appears with a certain intensity, the causes could be found in an internal infection. The causes can be different, here are the main ones, explained by the team of experts of the Humanitas Medical Center.
- Appendicitis: this is the infection of the last part of the large intestine. If diagnosed and treated in time, even with an operation, it does not create major problems, while if not recognized it can degenerate into peritonitis.
- Bowel problems like diverticulitis or irritable bowel syndrome.
- Umbilical hernia, due to weakness of the abdominal wall. This condition can be present from birth and if it is not diagnosed in time it can lead to inflammation and peritonitis.
Navel pain: umbilical hernia
Umbilical hernia is a pathological condition that can occur from birth or due to a stretching of the abdominal muscles. It shows a kind of swelling evident even outside or it can be visible only by taking certain positions, under stress or due to a cough. It can only be removed through surgery.
Navel pain in pregnancy
In pregnant women, navel pain is quite normal. Among the various pregnancy disorders, there may also be this. If the pain is not too intense, most probably it is a physiological adaptation of the abdomen to the changed physical conditions.
During the first months of pregnancy the abdomen prepares to receive the baby and major changes occur. The muscles relax and stretch. It is therefore normal that these changes to the muscle structure can cause pain and discomfort. In the final stage of pregnancy the uterus pushes more firmly and the skin around the navel tends until the navel almost completely disappears or comes out. This situation can be painful even at the touch.
However, if the pain is frequent and very intense or sudden it may not be connected to the pregnancy and hide other causes, such as appendicitis, which could be risky for both the mother and the fetus. So even in this case it is better to do a medical check than one less.
Navel cancer is a small round cell desmoplastic tumor that predominantly affects young males. It is a malignant neoplasm with low hopes of survival. For navel cancer the most frequent symptoms are navel swelling, pain in cramps and weight loss. However, this is a rare condition, but it is advisable to consult a specialist doctor.