A belly button hernia, or navel hernia, occurs when part of the intestines push through the abdominal wall at the front of the waist. While this type of hernia occurs most often in newborn babies, it can happen to people of all ages. One of the most common symptoms is a large bulge around the belly button, along with red, highly sensitive skin in the abdominal area. Often, individuals will experience pain that gradually increases and is localized to the belly button or abdomen.
One of the most common symptoms of a navel hernia is a large bulge around the belly button for which the person affected is unable to provide an explanation. While this bulge may be most obvious during periods of hard work, such as when lifting, coughing, pushing, or performing other similar activities, it will usually be visible at all times. In many cases, the bulge starts relatively inconspicuously, but increases in size when left untreated. This is typically the first symptom of a hernia, and is often the way that it is initially diagnosed.
A belly button hernia may also cause the skin around the belly button to become red and sensitive. In addition, those affected with a hernia may notice that the skin slowly begins to increase in temperature, and at times may even feel hot to the touch. Those who suffer from these symptoms may not always recognize it as being linked to a hernia, and because of this, they may develop serious complications. In general, changes in skin color, temperature, or sensitivity often require medical attention, as they can be indicative of a serious medical condition.
People with this condition may experience high amounts of pain on or around the belly button. In most cases, this pain starts relatively slowly, and increases in intensity over time. The pain is usually quite localized and often does not radiate far from its point of origin. Complete belly button hernia repair is usually required for this pain to completely dissipate, though in some cases, over-the-counter or prescription painkillers may provide some relief.