Free Articles  >>  Fitness >>  Page 642  >> 

Smegma Causes Symptoms and Treatments

Dead skin cells and sebum oils combine beneath the penis foreskin, and appear as small white lumps. This is known as smegma. While it may be alarming when first noticed, it is a natural occurrence and helps to promote lubrication between the glans and the foreskin. Smegma should be removed through normal washing processes, but in some cases when hygiene is low or washing under the foreskin difficult, smegma may build up and causes problems further down the track. Regular washing, penis health crèmes and medications may be required to control smegma.

Smegma is present beneath the foreskin of all men as the skin is constantly producing it, but it is not always apparent. When it does become visible, smegma appears as moist white materials forming into tiny balls between the glans and foreskin. While smegma is odorless, in some cases when hygiene is very poor smegma can harden into "smegma stones" which can be highly uncomfortable. Eventually hardened smegma can cause cultures of bacteria under the foreskin to increase, and raise the risk of infection and disease. If smegma appears with other symptoms such as itching, inflammation or pain, check with your doctor to rule out sexually transmitted diseases or yeast infections.

Hygiene: Why don't all men experience smegma? It depends upon the differences in hygiene habits, as washing beneath the foreskin will remove exfoliated skin cells before they can gather sebum oils and become visible smegma. According to a review of research published in The Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology in 2006, researchers have determined that smegma is made up of dead skin cells, oil, prostate secretions, sex hormones and white blood cells. Doctors used to believe that smegma could cause diseases, like prostate cancer, but scientists now understand that smegma is common in adolescents and adult men. It helps to lubricate the space between the head of the penis and the foreskin, and may even have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Men who experienced difficulty retracting their foreskin back and exposing the head of their penis may have a condition known as phimosis. Most often congenital, phimosis may also be the cause of trauma, infection or scarring. Due to the difficult in retracting the foreskin, hygiene and cleaning is very difficult in many cases, making the presence of smegma more likely. According to a study published in The Journal of Urology in 1973, men with phimosis are almost twice as likely to experience smegma as men without phimosis. If cleaning of the space beneath the foreskin is too difficult and does not remove smegma properly, circumcision or partial circumcision may be required in order to prevent discomfort and the onsent of disease.

Washing: Smegma is a natural lubricant and antibacterial agent, but it can build up if penis hygiene is not performed regularly. Regular cleaning of the penis glans beneath the foreskin with soap and warm water helps to remove exfoliated skin cells and keep them from accumulating. This good hygiene practice should be completed every day, especially in men with a tendency for developing smegma, as a preventative measure.

Medications: In some cases antibiotics can have a regulatory effect on sebum oil glands in the skin, and may benefit cases of several smegma build-up when the causes is not due to phimosis or poor hygiene. Antibiotics are commonly used for severe cases of acne, though they take several months to take full effect on the sebum oil glands. Antibiotics can cause side effects in some cases, such as poor immune function, gut dysbiosis and digestive problems. Check with your doctor to find out if antibiotics are appropriate for you.

Crèmes: Penis health Crèmes can help to balance sebum oil glands beneath the foreskin, and keep penis skin moisturized. Many men experience dry skin on their penis, glans and foreskin, due to the high amount of soap they have to use to remove smegma build-up. Specialist topical formulas (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) containing nutrients such as vitamin E, C, A, B3 and shea butter may help to support normal skin regeneration, soften dried smegma that's become hardened, and keep the penis skin healthy.
About Author John Dugan :

For additional information on most common <a href="" target="_blank">penis health issues</a>, tips on improving penis sensitivity, and what to do to maintain a healthy penis, visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

Article Source:
Article Url:

Article Added on Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Other Articles by John Dugan

Penis Health Matters Everything Men Need to Know About Smegma
The human body is an efficient machine, capable of handling a variety of tasks without receiving any sort of direction whatsoever. Much of the body's fluids are produced via these unconscious methods, developing whether a man wants them or not. Most men discover this fact when they first discover a thick, vaguely smelly coating on the tip of the penis, which is often mistaken for male yeast infection. This substance is known as smegma, and while it's not necessarily harmful, it can cause...

Understanding Smegma What Is It and How Does It Affect Male Organ Health
Any man who is uncut is familiar with the cheesy, sticky, white or yellowish substance that tends to build up underneath the prepuce. This pasty, often smelly substance – known commonly as smegma -- is generally regarded as unpleasant and dirty. On the other hand, smegma does, in fact, play an important role in male organ health, so it is worth learning more about it and understanding its purpose before dismissing it as a source of disgust and embarrassment. What is smegma, exactly? The...

Eliminate Manhood Odor All Summer Long with One Essential Ingredient
In the summer months, there’s no way around a sweaty sack and musty manhood. It’s hot out, and the little guy isn’t getting much in the way of ventilation down there, even when a guy is wearing shorts. The hot, dark, sweaty conditions can lead to various unpleasant issues, including heat rash, fungal infections and irritated skin. However, the dreaded smegma can outdo all of these when it comes to that funky manhood odor. Learn how to beat the summertime blues naturally with these tips for...

Prepuce problems and Treatments Caring for an Uncut Male organ
The prepuce, or sheath, is more than just an extra flap of skin. It consists of highly specialized tissue that protects the head of the male organ underneath; it also contains a great deal of sensory tissue that provides pleasurable sensation, and it acts as a natural lubricant for the manhood skin. In the past, this skin was often removed from male infants through surgical ablation – often for religious reasons or tradition, but also because it was believed to be healthier for the child. Now,...

Coping with a Smelly Penis How a Penis Health Creme Can Help
Living with a smelly penis can be embarrassing, and men who are unable to erase that fishy odor may find themselves alone, or at least kept at arm’s length. For some men, a foul-smelling penis can be a serious problem, undermining their self-confidence and preventing them from getting close to a potential partner. Even men who shower every day and spend time on grooming their parts can have problems with penile odor; for these men, the problem is especially frustrating, as it seems like there...

Male Organ Odor Help What s That Smell and How Can I Get Rid Of It
It is common to hear from men (or their significant others) who have concerns about male organ odor. We are not talking about that manly, sweaty smell that develops after a vigorous workout or a long day at work on the construction site; we are talking about an unmistakable, fishy, dank aroma that can only come from one place. A smelly male organ is embarrassing for the owner of the tool, and it can be a big turnoff for a romantic partner – and sometimes, no matter how much care a guy takes...

Penis Phimosis Causes Symptoms and Treatments
Men suffering from phimosis have difficulty pulling their foreskin beyond the glans, or head, of the penis, and while this is normal in babies and children, it can sometimes continue into adulthood. Surgery, manual therapies, medications and penis health crèmes are among the treatments available to men suffering from this discomforting medical problem. Symptoms The most common symptom experienced in phimosis is a tight foreskin that does not retract past the head or glans of the penis....

Red Manhood Causes and How to Treat Them
Often, it’s only when something goes wrong downstairs that a man realizes it’s time to get serious about male organ health. One such moment of realization occurs when a man drops his pants to find his male organ a different color than when he last saw it. A red manhood isn’t necessarily a sign of a serious problem, but it can be. Identifying the cause and finding effective treatment requires making note of any other symptoms that are present, along with potentially relevant behaviors and...

Manhood Odor FAQ Causes and Solutions for a Smelly Male Organ
Sometimes, there’s just no getting around it – no matter how hard a guy tries to keep himself clean and shower-fresh, there is an unmistakable fishy odor wafting up from his jeans. This can be an even bigger problem during the warmer months of the year, but sweat is not the only cause of a smelly male organ. Men who continuously notice that funky smell – or who have had it brought to their attention by someone else – should be aware of the following causes of unpleasant manhood odor, as well as...

Red Irritated Penis Skin How to Treat It How to Avoid It
It is a natural reaction for men to worry if they start noticing their penis skin becoming red and irritated. The usual culprits for these skin conditions are frequent masturbation or aggressive sex that can result in red, irritated penis skin. However, an inflammation of the penile glans (often referred to as balanitis) is quite common. It is predominantly a condition seen in young boys under and men who have not been circumcised. Red, irritated penis skin is also less common in men who use a...

Click here to see More Articles by John Dugan
Publishers / Webmasters
Article ID: 383967
DELINK URL from Authors Bio
REMOVE Article
Tell A Friend
Leave A Comment!
Download this article in PDF
Report Article!
Search through all the articles:

216 Users Online!!
Related Articles:
Latest Articles:
fitness >> Top 50 Articles on fitness
Category - >
Advertising Advice Affiliate Programs Automobiles
Be Your Own Mentor Careers Communication Consumers
CopyWriting Crime Domain Names DoT com Entrepreneur Corner
Ebooks Ecommerce Education Email
Entertainment Environment Family Finance And Business
Food & Drink Gardening Health & Fitness Hobbies
Home Business Home Improvement Humour House Holds
Internet And Computers Kiddos and Teens Legal Matters Mail Order
Management Marketing Marriage MetaPhysical
Motivational MultiMedia Multi Level Marketing NewsLetters
Pets Psychology Religion Parenting
Politics Sales Science Search Engine Optimization
Site Promotion Sports Technology Travel
Web Development Web Hosting WeightLoss Women's Corner
Writing Miscellaneous Articles Real Estate Arts And Crafts

Disclaimer: The information presented and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors
and do not necessarily represent the views of and/or its owners.

Copyright © AwareINDIA. All rights reserved || Privacy Policy || Terms Of Use || Author Guidelines || Free Articles
FAQs Link To Us || Submit An Article || Free Downloads|| Contact Us || Site Map  || Advertise with Us ||
Click here for Special webhosting packages for visitors of this website only!
Vastu Shastra

Economy Linux Hosting with cPanel Provided By AwareIndia

Company IDS