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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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I have a red bump next to my belly button piercing and I was

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I have a red bump next to my belly button piercing and I was wondering how to treat it?
JA: How long have you had the symptoms? What seems to make the symptoms worse or better?
Customer: About 2 months but it gets better for ages and then I knock it again and it comes back
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: My dad had a DVT a few years afo ago But that is it

Hello. I'm Dr Chip
Could you please post a picture of that for me here?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
File attached (L76TGQG)

Got it--hold on please

It's called an epidermal inclusion cyst from a blocked oil gland

Totally benign

A dermatologist can get rid of it without scarring either with a cortisone injection or with liquid nitrogen freezing

Please let me know if you need any more information

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
How would I contact a dermatologist to arrange this please?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you so much!! That is so so helpful

You can go through your regular doctor for a dermatology referral

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Also my belly button piercing healed but I started doing workouts and I think that irritated it. Do you think that’s why it started or would it have occurred there anyway?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I thought I may have needed antibiotics because I thought it was a bacterial infection. Is not an infection?

There's no infection there

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Do you know how they are caused?

No specific cause--just a blocked oil gland

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
How long will it take to remove it and are there any other ways of getting rid of it?

Either the cortisone injection or the liquid nitrogen freezing gets rid of it in about three days

There are over the counter wart freezing products but I wouldn't advise you trying to do it yourself

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Will the area be numbed and will my piercing have to be taken out?

No need for either of those--this is a painless procedure

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Amazing! Thank you so much. When should I get it done? Can it get worse?

It's not an urgent matter and it won't get any worse

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you so much !

My pleasure

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