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Old 10-29-2012, 08:04 AM   #1
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Unhappy Foreskin issue please help

For 2 months my foreskin tip skin has gotten lighter than the rest of my skin color and when I pull back when I'm hard it hurts..I didn't before...I went to the doctor and he said it was eczema...but he just looked at it.. Please if anyone had this problem..please help...

 
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Re: Foreskin issue please help

Did he give you any cream to put on it? If it is indeed eczema, then any moisterizing cream would do, as long as it is alcohol and fragrance free. Cetaphil is one of the best. I find it hard to accept such a quick diagnosis. Perhaps a dermatologist would be a much better doctor for you to consult with.

Is there any other discoloration that could indicate perhaps a candidia or fungal infection?

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Re: Foreskin issue please help

Yes it's discolored at the tip..and it feels like its stretching tight skin when I'm hard...it didn't happen before...could it be friction that caused it...

 
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Friction is possible, but I am not a doctor. I again suggest that you see a dermatologist. You may want to consider refraining from sex or masturbation for a few days to see if the condition improves. And I would definitely use the Cetaphil or other moisturizer that is without alcohol or perfumes.

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Re: Foreskin issue please help

As Bercy confirmed, the tightening could be from friction (causing tearing & scarring). It could also be for a number of other reasons. In fact, there could be a connection between all your symptoms.

Eczema symptoms can be caused by yeast infections (not super common but it's possible--or at least they can co-occur as if relatedly). A lot of individuals have reported this, Google shows.* Also a yeast infection of the foreskin can cause it to tighten! A better doctor might have suggested an antifungal of some sort originally. Hopefully it's cleared up already days ago? (Neutogena T-Gel is a dandruff shampoo that's also a really good over-the-counter antifungal soap for using anywhere.)

The foreskin has to easily fully retract or you risk it tearing during sex, and more importantly, easy retraction makes cleaning easy. If it has become too tight, it should be stretched open. This stretching can take weeks to months, don't try to rush it or it'll just take longer. And, as has been said (on this forum) already, "Don't tear the skin, that is the worst thing you can do, as it will heal up with scar tissue which is less elastic, making it even harder to pull the skin back. You need to stretch the skin, but do it gently so that you don't cause any damage to the skin." (to quote Zobo42--thanks, sir!)

A doctor with no knowledge of foreskin won't know to tell you this (though medical professionals really ought to know better), but basically, the only way to be sure to avoid the risk of infection in the future is to clean your penis better--and I mean a LOT better. In my experience, the only way to absolutely eliminate opportunities for infection (as well as any/all funky smells) is to keep my penis semi-obsessively clean. A penis with foreskin should be cleaned within a few hours after masturbating or sex by at least briefly washing with soap under running water for basically at least a minute. One should never go to sleep with any residue under his foreskin or in his urethra (the latter may be applicable to circumcised men as well). Festering gunk can cause an infection. Urinating to flush out gunk has some cleansing power (for the urethra), but it's not really enough to clean the foreskin IMO. It's better than nothing, but it takes a real wash to really clean the skin.

Basically my points can be summed up by saying: If you take pride in your hygiene, you can have an intact penis to be proud of. (Conversely, if you choose to neglect hygiene badly for long enough, you'll likely need to be circumcised eventually.)

 
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Re: Foreskin issue please help

As Bercy said the tightening could be from friction (causing tearing & scarring). It could also be for a number of other reasons. In fact, there could be a connection between all your symptoms that you'll need your doctor to confirm or deny.

Eczema symptoms can be caused by yeast infections (or at least they can co-occur as if relatedly). A lot of individuals have reported this, Googling shows.* Also a yeast infection of the foreskin can cause it to tighten. Maybe you should have gotten an anti-fungal prescription of some sort for this originally. You could still be harboring the infection latently even if you don't have symptoms now. I think you need to ask you doctor how certain he is that you don't have a yeast infection of any sort.
*Google: (eczema caused by yeast)or(eczema candida)

The foreskin needs to fully retract easily or you risk it tearing during sex, and more importantly, easy retraction makes cleaning easier. If it has become too tight for easy retraction, it should be stretched open more. This stretching can take weeks or months, don't try to rush it or it'll just take longer. And, as said in another thread: "Don't tear the skin, that is the worst thing you can do, as it will heal up with scar tissue which is less elastic, making it even harder to pull the skin back. You need to stretch the skin, but do it gently so that you don't cause any damage to the skin." (to quote Zobo42--thanks, sir!) There are some guidelines for stretching on this forum: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/mens-health/178155-stretching-fix-tight-foreskin-phimosis.html

The best way to be sure to avoid infection in the future is to clean your penis a lot better. A penis with foreskin should probably be cleaned within a couple hours after either masturbating or sex by at least briefly washing with soap under running water for basically at least a minute. Too harsh a soap or too much scrubbing or too frequent cleaning can also cause irritation, so don't overdo it, but it's good to scrub gently just with fingertips to remove any residue, skin oil, etc. Neutrogena T-Gel is a dandruff shampoo that's also a decent anti-fungal soap for using anywhere. It's good prevention using it occasionally, but it's too strong for regular use. Neutrogena makes a good gentle bar soap for regular use too.

One should never go to sleep with semen or other residue under his foreskin or in his urethra (the latter is probably applicable to circumcised men as well). Sleeping with semen residue in the urethra can lead to an infection. Urinating to flush out semen residue has good cleansing power for preventing bladder/urethra infection--and it may be enough for the circumcised--but it's really not enough to clean the foreskin well enough. (It's better than nothing, but it takes a real wash to really clean the skin.)

Incidentally, it's also possible to eat so as to be less susceptible to yeast infections. If you want to learn about avoiding foreskin yeast infection, you can read about "Candida" and its causes. Candida is a common yeast infection that people get (a number of places--more commonly women). The dietary causes and other things that trigger problems with it are the same for all types of yeast infection. And it actually very often is Candida when the foreskin is infected. Basically: yeast/extract, sugar and dairy are about the worst things. These all make you more susceptible to yeast infections. There are all kinds of yeast infections besides foreskin: any other skin, vagina, toenail fungus, athlete's foot, dandruff, thrush, yeast-induced diarrhea, etc., so a yeast-promoting diet is worth avoiding regardless of foreskin. (Notably, a skin yeast (Malassezia) shows a lot of signs of being a major actor in male pattern baldness.)

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