What is smegma in men and boys (from causes to treatment)
Most boys and men faced with such a phenomenon as a whitish plaque on the glans penis, sometimes accompanied by a sharp and unpleasant smell. Should I be concerned about this, what is the cause and when the smegma can really lead to unpleasant consequences?
According to the interpretation of the term from the Greek smegma – not that other, as "sebum". Under the foreskin accumulate sebum (prepucialna glands), moisture, dead skin cells. In the absence of daily hygiene whitish plaque in men who had not undergone circumcision, accumulates in the bag of the prepuce and can cause inflammation.
The composition of the secretions:
- Specific non-pathogenic microflora (it includes Mycobacterium smegma that has the ability to assimilate fats).
- Antibacterial substances.
Cause the largest accumulation of smegma is the period of greatest sexual activity in men (16-25 years), and as they grow older production of "sebum" is reduced. In old age virtually no smegma is allocated, but this is no reason to ignore hygiene procedures.
What happens when a whitish bloom long is prepucialna bags? The stagnation is especially dangerous when phimosis, as well as ignoring the necessity of daily showers. If you do not remove the smegma, it can cause the development balanit, balanoposthitis, and the systematic lack of hygiene of the genital organs at high risk of developing precancerous abnormalities (papilloma of the penis, etc.) or cancer of the penis. In addition, "chronic" smegma has an unpleasant and pungent smell, which is felt by others, and turns from whitish to yellowish-green.
However, the presence of smegma from an uncircumcised men need is a natural lubricant, allowing you to easily slide the prepuce on the glans penis.
The differential diagnosis
Accumulation of smegma can easily be confused with some pathological conditions. Therefore, when excessive allocation of whitish plaque or a pungent smell as soon as possible to consult a doctor-urologist, in order to prescribe treatment.
Cause similar secretions can be:
- Thrush. Fungal infections of the under the foreskin accumulate the characteristic "grain" resembling cottage cheese low fat. Accompanied by pain in the groin and a burning sensation (in boys is rare).
- Chlamydia. Gonorrhea. There is pus, foul odor and gray color, stand out from the urethra, but accumulate in prepucialna bag.
It is better to avoid accumulation of smegma, otherwise, the treatment of complications of long andvery nice. To prevent inflammation under the foreskin and on the glans penis, it is necessary to carry out simple manipulation:
- Regular hygiene of the genital organs.
- If necessary, the use of antiseptics.
Antibiotics (pills, ointments, etc.) required in advanced cases. Men, living a regular sexual life, should be alerted to any change being, as well as profuse discharge in the genital area, burning, pain and itching.
So dangerous are the smegma, and may be the trouble associated with its excess allocation? Not to hold long-term treatment complications provoked by the stagnation of smegma, it is important, since childhood, regularly carry out hygienic procedures, and in the presence of phimosis is to eliminate it.
Like any natural release of the body, the smegma, which serves as a lubricant head of the phallus, must be removed. Otherwise, the accumulation starts on the delicate skin as an irritant, which causes inflammation.
Usually smegma brings more trouble to the boys, who have recorded phimosis or teenagers, not trained in the basics of hygiene or ignoring them completely. In his youth, it is fraught with the development of infectious processes, especially in early sexual activity, and the occurrence of pathologies of the urinary organs. But with proper care of intimate organs from birth smegma does not cause boys or men any trouble.