Dealing with an itchy belly button? Eczema, an inflammatory skin condition, can appear anywhere on the body. For example, it can appear on the torso, chest, and stomach – and therefore, affect your belly button.
In this blog, we explore everything there is to know about eczema near belly button, including:
- What is eczema and what causes it
- What does belly button eczema look like
- How you soothe itchy or irritated skin around your belly button
Read on to learn more eczema around the belly button and how you can soothe your itchy skin thanks to natural solutions.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that affects approximately 10-20% of the world population. It typically develops during childhood but can also appear for the first time during adulthood. Eczema is associated with a dry skin barrier that has trouble retaining moisture. This is what leads to its main characteristics such as dry, itchy, red and flaky patches of skin. There are many different types of eczema but the most common form is known as atopic dermatitis.
Causes of Eczema
Research is exactly sure what causes this itchy skin condition but it’s believed to be linked to a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Some common eczema triggers that can lead to flare ups include:
- Airborne allergens such as mould, pollen, dust, dampness, and house mites
- Extreme weather conditions such as hot or cold weather
- Fabric or chemical irritants like nylon, spandex, and latex
- Food allergies or sensitivities
Belly Button Eczema
Eczema on the torso can affect the belly button, located in the lower abdomen. Stomach eczema is particularly common in infants who develop eczema during the first few months of life but it can also affect adults. Belly button eczema is often a form of contact eczema because it develops due to contact with an irritant like nickel – a metal present in pants buttons, belt buckles, and piercings. Contact with nickel and other materials can trigger an allergic reaction from contact dermatitis, leading to a painful and red belly button.
How to Manage Eczema around Navel
Although there is no cure of eczema, there are ways to manage symptoms and protect your skin from potential irritants. Here are some ways you can manage eczema around navel.
Protect your skin
To protect your belly button from eczema, we recommend wearing a protective layer of clothing to avoid contact with buttons and buckles. You can also opt for pants with non-metallic buttons and belts so that they don’t come into contact with your skin. It is also advisable to remove piercings. This 100% Organic Cotton Camisole for women is made with soft, breathable fabric that’s perfect for relaxing in. It’s great for wearing as a protective layer under regular clothes too.
Wash with a gentle soap
When washing your skin, it’s important to be mindful of what you are putting on your body. Harsh chemicals often found in soaps can be triggering your eczema flare ups. Instead, opt for a natural soap like this Soap for Eczema with Chinese Herbs. Made with the best of Chinese herbs, it cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural, protective oils. After washing, be sure to rinse your skin and then dry it thoroughly.
Moisturize your skin
Keeping the skin moisturized is recommended to help combat itchiness and reduce irritation. We suggest this Grass Fed Tallow Balm as the perfect addition to your paleo skincare routine. It provides itchy skin relief naturally and was specifically formulated for those with sensitive skin.
Find Gentle Relief Today
If eczema around the belly button is causing discomfort during the day or night, give these safe and effective treatments a try to soothe your itchy skin.