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Hi, many months ago I started experiencing accelerated build up of the cheesey substance, smegma, under my foreskin. I always use condoms and have had it tested 3 times, all results came back negative for everything. The doctors thought it could be candida and prescribed me an anti-fungal cream which did nothing, then the word "stavs" was mentioned and I was put on antibiotics which also did nothing. I'm told it's not contagious but as they don't know what it is exactly I'm skeptical. I wash it every day and shortly after is gets "sweaty" under the foreskin and within a day it's back. It's smelly, and when I rub it with my finger it comes off easily. It also gets itchy later in the day, (I shower at night) and if I miss a day of showering from being too busy it gets really gross. Obviously this is incredibly embarrassing and I want to be able to continue having sex without being paranoid that I smell or taste horrible. And of course it's uncomfortable so I just want it gone. Oh, and after I wash it off every day my penis gets these red sores and it's really uncomfortable for about an hour. I would upload pics if I could but I guess that's not part of this site's code. But the sores look kind of like a chemical burn, not a bad one, though it does look nasty.
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replied March 13th, 2012
Welcome to e health forum.

It is common in many men, to have excess secretion of smegma.

Smegma is the compilation of secretions by ectopic sebaceous glands located in the prepuce, seminal secretions from Cowper's gland and prostate, mucus secretions of the urethral glands, and sloughed epithelial cells. It provides the necessary mucosal lubricant and moisturizer and is rich in sexual pheromones.

In case, you have discomfort, due to the excess smegma production, you may consult with your doctor, and undergo a circumcision. This procedure will prevent the collection of smegma, and be the definitive answer for your concerns.

I hope this helps.
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replied September 24th, 2013
Seems a bit radical to amputate that part of the penis when a simple anti fungal pill hasn't even been tried...
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replied January 5th, 2014
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This kind of advice is garbage and from a doctor, but you have to remember this is an American website where American doctors get paid to cut of foreskins.

If you have extra smegma try cleaning more often , good old soap and water
also does the trick. Make sure you rinse off with plenty of water so no soap residue remains and dry off before rolling the foreskin back into its natural position.
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replied March 14th, 2012
AAaaaahhh! NO! I don't want a circumcision! I just want to know why it suddenly started happening and if there's something in my diet I could change to prevent it from being so agressive. I know it's normal for some people, but it was never normal for me until all of a sudden, bam, I've got it. What could I have done wrong?
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replied March 15th, 2012
One fine day about 3 months ago I looked down at my penis and felt a lump half way down the shaft. I went to the doctor thinkin the worst and he said it was a build up of smegma. No amount of masturbation would bring it up so 10 days ago I had a circumcision operation and now penis has doubled in size when stiffening. Cant have sex or masturbate for 6-8weeks but hope all will be well after.
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replied October 11th, 2012
Hi I am also experiencing a similar problem to this. I have a tiny lump on the shaft of my penis which my doctor advised was a build up of the smegma gland under the skin. I was already circumcised however when I noticed this so I am not sure how to get rid of it i.e. wait it out, vitamins, lotions etc. Did you receive any helpful information about getting rid of this tiny lump?
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replied March 23rd, 2012
Not only can I not afford such an operation, I don't want one. I'm sure that maiming my genitals isn't the only way to cure something that hasn't always been around. Something caused it so I really just want suggestions as to how I can figure out what that was so I can go back to doing whatever I was doing before this started. The most logical explanation to me is still dietry. But I don't know if this is heard of. But thanks I guess.
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replied September 23rd, 2013
The same thing started happening to me several months ago. Before I never had such a problem. I have a foreskin that completely covers the head of my penis and can be fully retracted. I think excessive washing with harsh soaps may contribute this excess build up of smegma. I finally figured out that mine may have come as a result of bleach accidentally coming in contact with my penis when I was cleaning the bathroom nude. I washed it off, but it became a bit sore and very red. There after the excess smegma started accumulating, and 2hours after I have a shower and wash it off, it comes back, its worse at the end of the day. I use some baby oil on it after each shower and that seem to be helping a bit. I started eating garlic dipped in honey and its almost cleared up. But have to continue doing so. All the very best to you. Doing a circumcision is completely OUT of the question.
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replied June 14th, 2012
I'm not a professional by any means, but I play around with herbs and maybe this will help you?

So a couple of questions first.. Do you regularly take prescribed meds? Do you have cravings for breads, cheeses or beers? Do you often have heartburn/indigestion?

If not, forget the rest of this and sorry I couldn't help.

If so, it would seem like a type of bacteria that causes yeast infections. I know you mentioned that it was ruled out - but there are many kinds of bacterias that cause yeast infections. Just because it is not the most common one known to your doc, doesn't mean it isn't one.

Anyways... as an amateur herbalist I basically have followed this guy throughout anything I've tried to remedy

He is good, but his solution for yeast infections is pretty involved and I am far too lazy to do a thorough job of it... and the danger in doing a half job is that you can strengthen the bacteria in your system.

So my personal alternative has been to try to ease into some lifestyle & diet changes and do the following if and when I have any problems:

MOST externally soothing thing possible - Take a bath in sea salt (not the culinary/edible kind).

Let your jewels breath and keep dry - At a minimum sleep nude and go commando during the day. Wear cotton. If your situation permits, go buck.

Boost your immune system - Eat a couple of FRESH cloves of garlic (probably at night if you are planning being around people during the day). It can burn the skin of your mouth so I like to chew it up quickly and down a tall glass of water for every clove I eat. It can also make your belly burble and possibly feel like puking... chug more water and that will settle it.

Fresh parsley eaten like a rabbit is also very good. Doing both won't hurt only help.

***This right here is enough to make symptoms go away for me. At this point, I generally lay off any processed foods, dairy, flour and get into fresh leafy greens, lots of water and a blood cleansing tea or two for good measure (below)***


I picked a BLOOD CLEANSING FORMULA because apparently the bacteria is in your blood stream. I've never bought it but the guy I linked sells it ready online or I bet you could find a pill form in your local health store.

Most ingredients are available to me in my backyard and at a local herb shop so I get what is available and make a tea of the raw ingredients. If something isn't available I don't worry about it. Say the echinacea is already in some ready mixed tea, I'll drink it as is and then make another tea mixed with the other ingredients. The thing here is not to get boggled with specifics. All the herbs I'm about to list will not hurt you if taken in moderation. If you aren't sure, or have specific health problems - ask your doctor.

Red Clover Blossoms (Trifolium pratense)
Burdock Root (Arctum lappa)
Echinacea leaves (Ecinacea angustifolium)
Chaparral leaves (Larrea divaricata)
Mullein leaves (Verbascum thapsus)
Uva Ursi leaves (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) *This is bad for pregnant women
Parsley leaves (Pertoselenum sativum)
Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis)
Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana)

If you could only pick one of the above, I'd go with red clover. If none of these herbs are available to you, beets eaten any way are very helpful in blood cleansing. But don't eat too many as they have something in them where in large enough quantities they can be harmful.

Good luck and for the love of GOD save that wonderful skin;)
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replied June 20th, 2012
Thank you so much! This is just the kind of thing I needed. I'm always going for the cheese and bread! And have very recently started drinking beer again. And get the worst heart burn, had it all day infact! I'm a gardener so I can get a hold of most of these relatively easily.
How much of each should I put in the tea?
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replied June 15th, 2012
I have since seen several sexual health doctors and one specialist who has suggested that it may have something to do with my eczema. I had it as a child but it went away until 3 years ago when it started appearing in winter, then last year it stayed for the summer. So I'm yet to find out if that is indeed the cause.
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replied June 17th, 2012
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eczema can also be brought on by stress.
Strange you have not had any issues of eczema for many years.
Have you had any stressful situations recently you can put this down to.
All I can suggest is higher or more regular level of hygiene until you
control the eczema if this is the cause.

Circumcision ,I don't think so and I question the doctors on their ease
of advice on this forum on this subject without looking at alternatives first.
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replied June 18th, 2012
Hard out! Apparrently in the US it's quite common though, but I do wash every day, sometimes more but it's really aggressive so it comes back really quickly but thanks, I'm workin on it. Very Happy
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replied June 18th, 2012
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Toruk are you using a good quality soap when washing.
Make sure you rub the soap in and make sure all the soap
residue is washed off by also rubbing while rinsing the
secret is to get the soap residue off first before
drying completely before rolling the skin back.
The foreskin has to be completely pulled back to clean completely.
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replied June 20th, 2012
Haha, yes, I know how to clean under my foreskin, and apparrently I've been cleaning too much of the oils off my skin that it's being overcompensated for and is throwing everything out of balance. I've since bought some Cetaphil cleanser and am just using that. But the possibility that my shampoo and conditioner are aggravating it hasn't been ruled out since I also get eczema on my scalp and around my hairline.
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replied June 24th, 2013
Is smegma dangerous in any way or form even if one shower and clean daily. I always get very high smegma build up after being sexually active. I have very tight foreskin so unless i have sex the penis head never see light if day so to speak. I hate having it as it itchess and gross out my wife. It usually go away for 1month or 2 only to return later. I never had the problem before i started being sexually active.
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replied June 24th, 2013
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Cdsagent224, Smegma, as I understand it, is a bacteria and has to be dealt with.. I would go to completely pulling back the foreskin and washing at least twice daily. I only had this problem when I would join some of my buddies on fishing/camping trips and the only bathing was swimming in the river. Male foreskin hyigene needs the same attention daily, as given to teeth, ears, feet etc. To address the itchy situation on the tight foreskin, you can use a water base lube every day to keep it from getting dry. I have used for years, a product from Lifestyles called "LUXE" putting directly on the glan after washing. These things worked for me, they might work for you. I would also say, do not hate you foreskin, you are so lucky to have kept it. That is just my opinion . ojsam
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replied September 24th, 2013
Most important to also Dry under your foreskin when you wash it. It does sound like a yeast infection to me. The redness, irritation, and smegma are all consistent with that.

Your MD can get rid of it with just one pill. (Creame don't work)

If you keep clean and DRY, it won't come back.
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replied November 9th, 2013
What is the name of the pills that I should ask my doctor to prescribe to clean this smegma and redness?
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replied November 18th, 2013
smegma, lacerations, foreskin chapping and pain
I've relocated to a third world nation where there is questionable medical care and the Dr are more concerned about getting paid than they are curing. About a year ago I developed lesions on my penis, dry chapping on the end of my foreskin, redness and itching of the glans and smegma. My trip to a doctor resulted in antibiotics and dermivate ointment/creme. I took the full course of meds and applied the creme. Things cleared up in a couple of weeks but has returned worse. My foreskin is not as most men's, when I have an erection the head is completely exposed. But now when I peel back the foreskin in its normal state it feels like I've set it on fire....it hurts like hell. Any suggestions???
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replied January 5th, 2014
smegma
may not be a final cure,but does tend to help a bit more than anything else i have tried.
I realized it was more abundant ;( after i had many beers...YEAST! so i attack it with alkaline. TRY this Apple Cider Vinegar.
I use Mrs. Braggs RAW organice type. filled a small empty cologne bottle.
and every other day I dip a q-tip into the apple cider vinegar( the hint of cologne helps mask the scent of the apple cider..which can smell rancid. "paint" away the build up and leave it alone.
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replied May 23rd, 2014
How bad is this build up? send us a picture Never heard of accelerated buildup of smegma. You may have contracted a yeast infection
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