Red spots around the navel


Red spots on the skin, also known as rash or eczema, are generally symptoms of a specific underlying disease and can have a variety of causes. If the red spots are around the entire navel, it is usually an internal disease or reaction of the body. One-sided red spots - for example just above or below the navel - usually indicate an allergic reaction. Itching, swelling, pain, dry skin, blisters and pustules can occur around, above or below the navel. If they occur for a long time or keep coming back, a doctor should be consulted.

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The causes of red spots around or above or below the navel are very diverse. If they happen suddenly, it may be due to an allergic reaction. This can be triggered, for example, by the external influence of certain factors such as a new detergent, new clothes or new care products. This is also known as contact dermatitis. Most of the time, all parts of the body that have come into contact with the allergenic substance are affected. When body hair around the belly button is shaved, small pimples can appear as red spots as a reaction. If red spots appear only in isolated places on the navel, this most likely indicates mosquito bites or tick bites. (see also: Rash after tick bite)
Chronic skin inflammation (neurodermatitis) can also cause a rash on the abdomen. A navel piercing can also cause red spots due to inflammation in the respective area.

If red spots appear around the belly button in children, it is not unlikely that these are the first signs of one of the classic childhood infections such as measles or chickenpox.

Another possible cause of the rash around the belly button are the so-called childhood diseases such as chickenpox, rubella, rubella, measles or scarlet fever. Despite the name, these diseases can of course also occur in adulthood. Shingles (herpes zoster), which is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, usually occurs in the chest area, but in some cases can also appear on the belly around the navel and cause red, usually very painful spots on the navel. Infectious diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis or syphilis can also be accompanied by red spots on the navel.

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More symptoms

Infectious diseasesthat are caused by viruses or bacteria are usually accompanied by general symptoms like a headache, Body aches, chills, fever and fatigue accompanied. Furthermore you can Sore throat With difficulties swallowing or Difficulty breathing and to cough occur. The red spots that appear in infectious diseases such as measles, rubella, or chickenpox often appear all over the body and not just around the belly button. These usually go with one severe itching hand in hand.

If the cause of the red spots is shingles (more on one side of the navel), tiredness, fever and fatigue can occur days before the rash occurs. In addition, in some cases there are already abnormal sensations on the affected skin area above, below or next to the navel before the red spots appear. In shingles, the red spots are raised and with papules that cause severe pain. While mosquito bites also leave raised, itchy red spots, the tick bite is usually not noticeable by itching or pain. If the tick bite starts to itch, a doctor should be consulted, as it may be an infection that can lead to Lyme disease.

Circular red spots

Circular red spots, which usually only appear in certain places or sporadically around the navel and are accompanied by itching, can through Mosquito bites arise. Also a Tick ​​bite usually has a circular shape. What is particularly typical of a tick bite is that after a few days around the red spot red ring spreads (Erythema migrans). The red spot caused by a tick bite is usually painless. However, the entire area is mostly overheated. As mentioned earlier, if you have these symptoms, you should see a doctor about it Long-term consequences can be counteracted.

Read more about the topic here: Inflammation after an insect bite and Rash after a tick bite

Itchy red spots

Red spots around or below or above the navel are mostly due to various causes itching as an accompanying symptom. This mostly occurs with the Infectious diseases how measles, rubella or chickenpox on. Also Neurodermatitis and Mosquito bites can be accompanied by severe itching. This can be so strong that the skin is scratched with blood. Allergic reaction - such as the reaction to a new detergent - usually trigger not only a rash but also itching.


In the event of red spots on the navel, a consultation with the doctor (anamnese) any symptoms that occur which limit the possible cause. At a physical exam they are examined closely and their spread on the body is observed so that the cause can be further limited. Blood tests can Inflammation values show and on Pathogen or antibody to be examined.


Therapy depends on the Underlying diseasethat is present. Mosquito bites usually need not treated become. If severe itching occurs, you can Home remedies such as onion slices, honey or cold compresses are applied to the sting. In addition, ointments that relieve itching (e.g. Fenistyle®) to bring relief from the pharmacy. Viral diseases are caused by Quiet and much drinking treated. However, if it is shingles, this is usually only the case severely weakened and elderly patients treated with an antiviral agent. Painkillers are also given for relief. The red spots around the navel will be through bacteria (e.g. typhoid) is that antibiotic Means of choice. From one allergic reaction triggered, the alleged allergen (e.g. detergent) should be avoided. If atopic dermatitis is the reason, acute and severe attacks can occur Cortisone ointmentprescribed by the doctor.


How long the red spots remain on the navel also depends on the person underlying disease from. If the triggering allergen (e.g. clothing) is omitted, the red spots should subside after a few days. At a Neurodermatitis the rash can come back from time to time. Is it a Teething or bacteria The eczema usually regresses within a few days. At a Shingles the symptoms usually subside after two to four weeks.