Doctor says belly buttons need daily washing to prevent 'gross' problem

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We all understand the significance of regular washing. However, it can be challenging to reach every corner and crevice of your body during a wash. The belly button is one such area that's easy to overlook.

While this might not seem like a major issue, it can lead to unpleasant outcomes. If the area starts to smell, it could indicate a concerning health condition, reports Gloucestershire Live.

Dr Geeta Yadav took to TikTok to elaborate on this. She captioned her video: "Does your belly button smell? Well, you could have an umbolith or navel stone. Want to prevent this? Please wash your belly buttons."

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WebMD explains: "A navel stone is sometimes called an omphalolith or umbolith. It is a condition where substances like sebum, skin oil, hair, dead skin cells, and dirt can accumulate and form a hardball. The stone is usually a dark colour and firm to the touch. They may resemble a large blackhead in the opening of the navel."

To avoid this situation, Dr Yadav offers some useful advice. She suggests you "should also aim to do a specific clean, focused on the belly button once a week" in addition to daily cleaning in the shower.

The doctor said: "If the belly button is particularly deep, you can use a wet cotton bud as that's what I do when cleaning people's belly buttons before surgery."

The video has racked up hundreds of likes and it's certainly sparked a debate. One said: "I have always cleaned mine and my kids, as they got older I made them clean theirs daily and always thought I was crazy."

A second said: "I wash my belly button every day and apply cream." A third said: "Great video."

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