Smegma

The buildup of dead skin cells, oil, and other secretions on the male and female genitalia is called smegma. It is usually found under the foreskin of the penis and between the folds of the vagina or clitoral hood. If not washed regularly, it can cause redness, irritation, and swelling.

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I have hard lump under the penis shaft. Is it smegma?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old male. My height is 6 feet and weight is 84 kg. My medical history includes psoriasis, hyperuricemia and essential primary hypertension. I am taking Cilacar 10 mg (Cilnidipine) one tablet daily after dinner at 9 PM for hypertension. For psoriasis I am applying Propygenta...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivekanandan G

Andrologist, Urologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I think the lumps that you able to feel are nothing but smegmoliths. These are nothing but concretions of smegma, if not cleaned for a long time. Are you able to retract your foreskin completely? If you cannot, then you may be having phimosis, which can be m...  Read Full »

What is the white residue under the foreskin of penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old and currently doing foreskin stretching exercises every day to loosen up my foreskin while taking bath. I always use virgin coconut oil when I stretch and at the end of the day I use Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05% twice each day. I wash my glans with water only and wa...  Read Full »


Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Urologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Noted the pictures you attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have done a great job doing retraction using steroid cream. This course using cream is to be done for six weeks. You need to retract the foreskin to back completely and clean all w...  Read Full »

Can you take I-pill if you have ovarian cyst and irregular periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with my girlfriend. But I have not ejaculated in her. Is there any chance for pregnancy? Some yellow substance was there on the tip of my penis. What is that?  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The process you have adopted while performing sex is termed as withdrawal method. Though this is a commonly practiced method, there exists reason for failure. The cause is some of your sperms could be present in your precum that is some amount of clear secretion from...  Read Full »

What should be done for white smegma on penis head with rough foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor, I have observed a white smegma on my penis head. There were irritation and red bumps on it before, but I oiled it so now I do not have any pain or irritation. But in the morning the white smegma is still there and my foreskin is hard and rough. What should I do? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Praveen Pushkar

Urologist, Andrologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your foreskin is hard and rough you may get benefit from removing the foreskin i.e. circumcision. I suggest you show it to the urologist nearby and get it done.  Read Full »

What causes a white film on the penis?

Query: Hi, I am a 32 year old male. I can observe a white layer on my penis head just beneath the foreskin.  This layer gets removed after washing, but appears again. Is this any sexually transmitted disease?  Read Full »


Dr. Syam Kumar Chandrasekharan

Naturopathy Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Usually, there will be a white creamy layer on glans penis (rounded head of the penis), when you pull your foreskin down. It is nothing but smegma - a combination of shed epithelial cells, oily secretion from glans penis and moisture. If there is no pain, ...  Read Full »

My foreskin was removed in circumcision. Is there any medication or cream to stimulate skin growth?

Query: Hello doctor, 20 years ago, when I was an young adult, my foreskin was mostly removed in circumcision. Some loose skin remains, although not enough to cover the head at all. Is it possible to regrow the skin or parts of it? And is there any medication or cream that could be used to stimulate skin g...  Read Full »


Dr. Raveendran Sr

Sexologist, Diabetologist, Andrologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern for your symptoms. There are medicines to grow cells, but using in penis region is not an option. If your excess skin is giving difficulty during masturbation or sex, the only option is to see a surgeon and remove the excess skin and lea...  Read Full »

Top skin of penis is not retracting and gets swollen with white discharge. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, The top skin of my penis is not coming back while masturbation or sex. It is not fully closed from the top but still, it is painful to push it back. If I try it forcefully then after some hours, it gets swollen from the top and some white hard substance comes from inside.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Singh

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The white hard substance is actually the cause of the problem. It is called smegma and is formed of dead cells, bacteria and secretions. It collects under the foreskin if you do not keep good genital hygiene. You should daily retract your foreskin and wash it thoroughly...  Read Full »

Why am I having a hard white layer on head and glans of penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a hard white layer on head and glans of the penis. Please help. This problem is 4 to 5 months old and I am not taking any treatment. I am 19 years old. The white layer is not going even after washing it.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Golla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If possible, forward a few pictures of the affected area to guide you through precisely.  Read Full »

What are the watery bubbles present on either side of my penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have small watery bubbles on either side of my penis and they seem to have grown in number in the last few weeks. First they appeared around three months back, but very less in number. They do not cause any irritation, but increased in number and looks ugly. I have not used any medicati...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and can well understand your concern. These lesions (attachment removed to protect patient identity) seem to be those of herpes genitalis. They could have been acquired from your partner. I would advise you to get your HSV IgM and IgG (herpes simp...  Read Full »

I have an irritating smegma on my labial folds. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a partial hysterectomy five and a half years ago. I still have my right ovary. Since a year, after my surgery, I have what seems to be smegma covering my inner labia. It is not in my vagina but covers the skin in the folds of my lips. I shower daily but stopped using s...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Khurana

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you had a history of recurrent yeast infections then get high vaginal swab culture test and check your fasting blood sugar and postprandial blood sugar. According to the culture report, the above is the treatment that should be given. Is your partner having probl...  Read Full »

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