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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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 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 »

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 »

I have pain in the penis after frequent sex. Please suggest medications.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36 year old male. I am married since six years. I went abroad for a project for two months. There were no sexual relations in these two months. I just came back from the project and am having sex twice a day for the past three days. Now, I have a slight pain in the tip and ba...  Read Full »


Dr. Purushottam Sah

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Sexologist, Andrologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can apply Acyclovir cream and Clotrimazole cream both together, thrice a day, until completely free of the problem and four to five days after that, use condoms. For further queries consult a sexologist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/sexolo...  Read Full »

Why does not my foreskin retract?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a major problem with my penis regarding the foreskin. I am 18 years old and the foreskin still does not go back. Please suggest some solutions for the above problem.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Singh

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The most common cause of the condition is poor genital hygiene. You see a lot of dead cells and bacteria get collected in the space between the head of the penis and foreskin, making foul smelling grayish white substances, known as smegma, to come out. ...  Read Full »

Please suggest medicines for redness and pain on the glans.

Query: Hello doctor, I have redness and pain on the glans with whitish skin layer peeling off after a bath. I have been using Candid ointment for about 10 days without much relief. Should I change over to Candid B instead?  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.If you do not regularly wash under the foreskin, a cheesy material, called smegma, accumulates. This can become infected and cause irritation. The solution is to wash carefully with warm salty water.If this occurred following sexual intercourse, then this is probably caused...  Read Full »

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