Why Shouldn't You Play With Your Belly Button? - Guest Post

Why Shouldn’t You Play With Your Belly Button?

Belly Button
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Playing with your belly button is not recommended because it may cause infections. This is especially dangerous if you have belly button piercings or recently had surgery. Playing with your navel can also cause a wound and increase your risk of infection. Playing with your belly button should be done only by adults.

Innies are first human scars

The shape of your belly button is determined by the space between your skin and abdominal wall. This space determines the size of the scar and how much skin remains on the belly button. According to Dr. Dan Polk, a neonatologist at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, less skin on the umbilical cord makes for an innie and more skin on an outie. About 90 percent of us have an innie, but there are several causes of a bulging belly button.

A common reason that women shouldn’t play with their belly button is because it can cause an infection. This is especially true for women who have recently had their belly button pierced. Playing with your belly button can cause pain and discomfort, which are all signs of an infection. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor right away.

Bacteria colonize the belly button

Bacteria colonize the belly button and many of them are not good for you. They can cause a variety of infections, including sepsis, so it’s important to get your belly button checked out if you suspect this condition. Your doctor will first do a physical exam and may order lab cultures. Then they can determine which bacteria species are in your body and how they can affect you.

One study discovered that a high diversity of bacteria live in the belly button. These bacteria belong to a phylum known as Archaea, which is found in extreme environments. Although the phylum never has been found in humans, scientists found multiple phylotypes in two separate samples, including one from a person who had not bathed for many years.

It stimulates the skin overlying the navel

The flesh holes in the belly button are filled with sweat, dead skin cells, oils, and bacteria. Over time, this build-up can form a stone called an omphalolith. Occasionally, this can lead to infection. Keeping your hands clean when playing with your navel is important to prevent infection.

In order to feel the tingle in this area, you must press the belly button deeply. If you touch the sides of the belly button, you will not stimulate the right nerve fibers. Rather, press down and you will reach the area known as the umbilicus, which is very sensitive.

It makes you need to pee

The belly button has long been a curious part of the body. It’s both a concave area tucked inside the stomach, and a raised area that sometimes pops out. But why does touching the button trigger the sudden urge to pee? One US doctor has uncovered the answer.

When you dig into the belly button, you’re stimulating the inner lining of your abdomen. But a deeper touch will also stimulate the internal fibers of your bladder, and this may make you want to pee. The belly button is actually a remnant of the umbilical cord, which supplies blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the growing fetus. It’s part of the circulatory system, and it also supplies blood to the bladder.