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Health Effects Of Dirty Belly Button

We all wash our hands, polish our bodies and scrub the feet, but how often do you clean your belly button?

Your belly button is actually a scar. It is a remnant of umbilical cord from those nine months when you were in the womb. It contains dirt, sweat, dead cells and is a home to more than 60 species of bacteria. Dirty navels can be contagious and cause yeast infections.

Here’s what to do:

- Remember, most of the microorganisms that your navel harbors live in perfect harmony with your body. Therefore, you do not need to wash it daily.

- Though it’s not important to clean it daily, your navel is worth a scrub by fits and starts.

- The best way is to gently wipe it with an ear bud dipped in soap water.

- Watch out for signs like bad odor, red itchy skin or turned out belly button. On realizing such signs, consult your doctor!

Your navel flags various signs of a disease; a protruding navel could mean an impending hernia, while an in drawn one could mean digestive system disorders. It could be a difficult area to clean, but don’t forget to give some TLC to this important part of your body.

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