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Worms in Your Belly Button (Navel)

A reader wrote us a couple of days ago with an interesting and distressing question. She reports that her “belly button is a little big,” and that sometimes she has “worm like movements” in her belly button. She says this “makes it hard and paralyses me,” and also that it’s “like a battle is going on in there.” Understandably, she wants to know how to address the worms in her belly button – or, technically, the worm-like movements in the area of her belly button – as she has been dealing with the problem for years. What’s going here?

Before anything else is said, we will repeat what we always say when addressing medical questions: go to a doctor. If you are experiencing pain or some other medical problem, as clearly seems to be the case with our reader, only a doctor is qualified to help you. All we can do is convey some information about worms, not offer medical advice.

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A couple of starting notes. First, we don’t know of any worms that affect the belly button by itself. There are a number of worms that affect the intestines – in fact, the majority of worms that afflict humans are tied to the intestines – but we know of no species that singles out the belly button by itself. Of course, one’s navel isn’t a part of one’s intestines, but it’s in this region of the body, so perhaps discomfort around the belly button could signify a parasitic infection involving one’s intestines. Second, it isn’t clear that our reader is dealing with any sort of worm at all. The reader seems to be aware of this – she does says she feels “worm like movements” around her belly button – but the overall drift of her email appears to indicate that she thinks she has a worm inside her body. She might not, and we just want to make that clear (even though nothing we say should influence her course of action – she should go to a doctor, especially since her problem is longstanding).

One of the more infamous worms found in humans are tapeworms, and we have actually written about treatment for tapeworms in humans before, and our reader might be interested in reading that article. There are a number of different tapeworms that afflict humans, and which one a person has often depends on their diet and where they live. Taenia saginata and Taenia solium are two common tapeworms that people become infected with all over the world after eating undercooked beef and undercooked pork, respectively. A number of roundworms also infect humans. One relatively common roundworm that afflicts humans is the whipworm, which also causes abdominal pain. Flukes, which are flatworms, also infect lots of people, and in fact are responsible, according to the World Health Organization, for the second most socioeconomically devastating parasitic disease, schistosomiasis. (Malaria is regarded as the most devastating.) This too causes abdominal pain (along with many other symptoms). There are, of course, many other worms that cause problems for humans, and we have merely pointed a few of the more prevalent ones that cause symptoms somewhat like those described by our reader.

We’ll conclude by urging our read to once again go to the doctor. She is clearly experiencing a problem that won’t go away, and if she is dealing with some sort of parasitic infection, this is something that needs to be addressed by medical professionals. The very fact that she is experiencing any symptoms at all makes her case all the more pressing, as a number of intestinal infections involving worms cause no symptoms at all. Going to a doctor will definitely help, and often a worm infection can be relatively easy to fix. So, there is every reason in the world to visit a doctor when one suspects they have a worm infection. We wish our reader the best of luck.

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A reader wants to know how to address the worms in her bellow button - or, technically, the worm-like movements in the area of her belly button.
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4 Comments

  1. Dorothy Wilson

    I recently put 2 tablespoons castor oil in a bath before bed. Slept well, then next morning put coconut oil in my belly button and felt lumpy things inside. Pulled them out, cream coloured and big gritty, one big one a few small ones and quite a few darker tiny things. Now my belly button feels more like it’s breathing again As I have done many parasites cleanses, yet never thought the smelly, uncomfortable feeling from my belly button was parasites. I now know it was & will be oiling button every night from now on in

  2. Winston

    Hello Linda, then what did you do to get them out..

  3. Linda

    I just happened to come across this website. Did you ever get your parasite infection problem resolved? Recently I’ve gone through such an ordeal (internal parasite) problem myself and through God’s help I was able to remove most of them. I feel the need to help those who are also suffering as I have. Please feel free to contact me.

  4. Patricia Locke

    I found something protruding from my belly button. After enough tugging, raising pulling gently this parasite finally let loose and came out while using tweezers. I wasn’t certain I got it all as tiny particles seemed to be flaking off.
    It just so happened I was in the hospital with an awful intestinal infection which left me in isolation for a week as it was initially thought to be C Diff I was dealing with. My symptoms the last 5 months have been chronic diahrea . I cannot even leave my house without soiling myself. I am so weak , losing weight and feel just incredibly ill what do I do? The hospital doctor wouldn’t even come close enough to me to observe this specimen I pulled out if my belly button. He said ” I don’t want to see that” the Dr. On that week was a man named Dr. Atta Butta. His bed side manner was awful. Do you think the parasite in my belly button was related to my intestinal problems? Please help me !!!!

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