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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Does smegma discharge cause foreskin itching after intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor,The day after having sex, my penis foreskin is itching, and there are small white pimples forming on my foreskin and penis glans. I am taking Fluconazole 150 oral tablet. Two days after taking the tablet, there is forming like dead skin on my penis. When I wash, it goes easily. Two or thre...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I assume it is with the same partner. Note that you need not have to take the tablets every time. Normally in every male, there occurs a secretion called smegma. When you are not cleaning your penis daily by withdrawing the foreskin and exposing the glance penis, it ...  Read Full »

How to get rid of extra skin after circumcision?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 37-years-old male with a height of 5'8" and a weight of 260 pounds. I was circumcised at birth. But now, my penis has all the characters of an uncircumcised penis. It produces smegma, odor, and sometimes yeast infections. I am embarrassed about it, and hence I have not asked th...  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Jairath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly upload the pictures for a better understanding. Thanks.  Read Full »

Due to excess masturbation, my penis head is red with a white layer. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,Due to continuous masturbation, my penis head became red. Also, some whitish layer has formed on it as well. Sometimes, there is even inflammation in urinating. I am going to get married within a short period, I am worried about this. Can you please advise me some medication?  Read Full »

Dr. Raman Tanwar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Excessive masturbation does not have anything to do with your problem. It is normal to have smegma deposited over the penis and to diagnose your condition further a picture will be needed. Since you also have dysuria, I request you to get a urine routine and culture exami...  Read Full »

Is phimosis curable?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some issues with my penis. When I pull down the skin, it gets stuck sometimes, and I struggle to get the skin back and close, significantly when the head of the penis is enlarged. Another thing is that I have one white circle thing on the penis head, and at the bottom of the backs...  Read Full »

Dr. Acha Varun Babu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your history, the problem you have in your penis is known as phimosis. In this condition, the skin does not go back, and when you force it stuck as for your condition, you need a minor surgical procedure known as circumcision. It is a daycare procedure. And...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my tight foreskin and swollen penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male weighing 96 kg and 168 cm tall. I am not taking any medication currently. My foreskin and penis were normal until a month ago. More than a month ago, I noticed some white discharge trapped in my foreskin. I noticed white spots in the inner foreskin. Later the i...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The condition you have is called phimosis, which is the narrowing of the foreskin trapping the white material called smegma inside. The treatment by medications has a success rate of around 70%. If the medical treatment failed, then the last option is circumcision. Appl...  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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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