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 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, that is circumcision. I suggest you show it to the urologist nearby and get it done.  Read Full »

I am having difficulty in urination with smegma and a burning sensation after semen loss. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have symptoms like stricture urethra and difficulty to urinate, and I need to apply more pressure during urination and my penis is not circumcised. Nowadays, I crack my penis foreskin during contact, and sometimes, a smegma-type white substance is seen on the penis. I also have a bur...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to I read your query and understand your concern. From your history, the condition is more likely a stricture urethra. For diagnosis, you need urethrogram antegrade and retrograde studies. After that only, we can decide on treatment options. As far as smegma is c...  Read Full »

I noticed a white discharge from my penis and redness around the penis ring two months after I had protected sex with a sex worker. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a query about STDs. Two months ago I had protected sex with a sex worker. Before the sexual act, my penis touched the lip of her vagina for 4 to 5 seconds without a condom and I am sure that I did not go in. Until yesterday I had nothing but while I was having a bath, I wet my t...  Read Full »

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. For the white thing that is seen, you must clean your penis every day with soap and water or use an antiseptic and water. I also suggest the following - 1. Apply Clotrimazole cream locally two to three times a day....  Read Full »

I have a soft white substance under my foreskin that does not come off. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have this soft white stuff under my foreskin that does not come off, no matter how hard I try.  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello,Welcome to thoroughly read your query and understand your concern.That white stuff looks like smegma (attachments are hidden to protect the patient's identity). Smegma is a natural substance that can accumulate under the foreskin of the penis. It is a combination of dead skin cel...  Read Full »

Why do I have a hard white layer on the head of my 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. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If possible, forward a few pictures of the affected area to guide you through precisely.  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 soap 10 year...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Khurana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 a frequent accumulation of white flecks over my penis. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been getting this white stuff that accumulates more and more when I rub my penis head. I have been washing it off every night, but the next day when I rub it same stuff accumulates again. I am not sure what is causing this.Previously I had a yeast infection two months ago, but I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to These white flecks or smegma is infection is the most common fungal infection. This requires proper cleaning by fully retracting the foreskin and applying antifungal cream like Canesten (Clotrimazole and Lidocaine) cream 1 % twice daily for ten days. I hope this wil...  Read Full »

Why am I having pain in my penis after having sex frequently?

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 -->  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 Govindasamy

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 managed by c...  Read Full »

I am a 22-year-old male having smegma under my foreskin, which goes away with washing. How to prevent smegma?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old male, height is 5'10, and my weight is 72 kg. I had smegma when I was around 18 years old, and at that time, it went away naturally after like one month. I do not remember now. I started seeing smegma two weeks ago under my foreskin and a few red spots. I do not have a...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Smegma is a normal secretion in males; it will be excess if you sweat a lot. I suggest you wash it every day with just water during the bath. If you do not wash it every day it can accumulate and cause infection and a bad odor. Better a...  Read Full »

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