First of all, I'm a teen and have no history of any diseases like HPV and certainly not STD's.
My first question is about a small bump on my penis (like about 1/2 the topics I see here). It's a lone bump, located on the shaft of my penis (around the middle); it's relatively smooth, about 2mm in diameter, and only causes pain if i pinch it. Just touching it or applying pressure does nothing. I have Fordyce's Spots, so is it possible that one of them 'popped' and the tissue is regenerating?
I guess I'm a little worried about HPV, but from what I understand, most genital warts are from sexually transmitted strains of HPV, and I haven't had sex (or any suspicious blood transfusions).
My not-so-urgent question is about foreskin. I realize that I'm still a while away from being done with puberty, but I'm wondering whether foreskin grows? Mine doesn't pull back very far away from the head of my penis when erect; the head protrudes very little.
Thanks in advance guys, but I leave tomorrow at 9 (Pacific Time) for San Francisco, so I'll only be able to respond tomorrow morning.
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About the foreskin, is phimosis an easy-to-spot condition? I was recently examined by a doctor because of some bladder issues (unrelated, clearly), and he didn't say anything about this. Is it possible he missed it?
EDIT: Well, with a little help from the internet's picture archives, I'm now almost completely sure I have phimosis. I still think it's strange that my doctor didn't notice it, but I guess that doesn't matter right now. I suppose I'll refer to the sticky now, but some feedback would still be welcome.
Should I be worried about this? Since it doesn't actually restrict me from normal activity, should I just do the stretches after showering and stop worrying about it? I hate not knowing whether something like this is serious or if it's just a mildly unusual condition that'll be gone in a month with little effort.
Well, I just took a shower, and did the stretching exercises. I have a few questions though.
Should I do them while flaccid or erect?
How far should I stretch it? As in, should I be trying to get it to go OVER the glans or just near the edge?
How long should I hold it stretched back?
How often should I do it?
One more question. Should I go see my doctor about this? The sticky suggests that some specific creams could help deal with this faster, and that sounds like a good idea.
Continue to fallow the advise on the sticky post. There are many, and should answer all of the stretching question. I can say, not to rush this process. You should stretch every day I would think, maybe a couple of time a day for starters. Stretching some while you're soft/flaccid, as well as seeing how far you can get when erect, being mindful not to force it to the point of taring. Your goal is to be able to pull your foreskin all the way back behind the head of your penis when it is erect as well as when it is soft/flaccid..
This is so that you can clean a way any smegma build up and stay fresh at all times. As for your doctor, doctors very seldom check your penis, unless you tell them you have a problem with it. Usually they will ask you a dozen questions before and while they are giving you an exam. If you don't mention a penis problem, they won't check it! I guess it's to save us guys the imbarrisement of unecessary handling.LOL.. Most of us don't like to be touched there unless it's needed. Anyway, if you would have mentioned that you had a problem, your doctor would at that point had a look, giving you advise on what you should do. One question to be prepared for is, do you think you should/need, or want to be circumcised? Atleast that's the standard question often asked in the US..
Well, I just got back from my doctor's. He prescribed me Lotrimin (Anti-Fungal), to treat what appears to be an infection. The part of my foreskin that surrounds the glans is red.
Now, while I have faith in my doctor, I'm not so sure that this is an infection. I can't remember ever retracting my foreskin, and unless I've had an infection for years, then the cause is something else, right?
I'd like some advice on how to apply the Lotrimin. It says "external use" only, but it would be too literal to take the underside of the foreskin as internal, right? He said that applying it with a Q-Tip would be fine, but would using a finger be better? My glans is very sensitive since it's never had to deal with physical contact with underwear.
You need to get as much of it under your foreskin as you are able.
If the q-tip and finger don't do it for you, try squirting it directly under your foreskin, and squishing it around as much as possible. Once the yeast infection has cleared up, you'll be able to mkae headway with the stretching instructions.
The key to them is doing it regularly, every day.
Good luck with it.
I just applied the Lotrimin after taking a shower. I have to say, I'm surprised. I don't really feel anything. It had me expecting an unpleasant feeling of something happening, but I don't feel anything at all. A good thing, I guess.
Well, I've made a bit of headway with the Lotrimin. However, at the base of the glans, there is a ring of smegma (very thin, though), that doesn't wash off with water. My head is WAY too sensitive to touch, so how else I can remove the smegma?