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Old 10-16-2001, 01:43 PM   #1
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Hi,
I'm 19 years old and a white "uncut" male. Two days ago in the shower I felt a tingling feeling when the shower gel was on my testical sac. After getting out the shower and for the next 5 hours or so the area that my penis covers of the sac felt like it was burning/irritating. After that it disappeared until then next moring when I showered again. The same process happened. Has anyone got any ideas what is wrong. Is it just dry, and would E45 cream help?

Secondly, after reading a few other posts on the website I have discovered you are meant to clean under the foreskin. I've never heard of this before, and I'm wondering how you would you go about doing this.

Thanks

 
Old 10-16-2001, 03:59 PM   #2
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Re: 2 questions

As an uncut male I have some info for you on the foreskin thing. YES, you need to fully retract the foreskin and clean under there on a daily basis. That area is a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria that can cause an odor and potentially infections if not properly cleaned. So, start now....you don't want an infection there! As to the burning/irritation on the scrotum. Could it be that you are using a new soap or shampoo that could be causing this? OR have you noticed an increase in sweating or some physical activity that has created some skin irritation there that would be irritated further by water? You might try this, after each shower be sure you're good and dry there and then sprinkle with powder...baby powder, Gold Bond or Talcum powder. This will help control the moisture and hopefully prevent some of the irritation.

 
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Old 10-16-2001, 08:27 PM   #3
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Re: 2 questions

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Alphafr:
<B>Hi,
Secondly, after reading a few other posts on the website I have discovered you are meant to clean under the foreskin. I've never heard of this before, and I'm wondering how you would you go about doing this.

Thanks</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, like lance said, you should clean under the foreskin daily while in the shower. To do this, pull your foreskin back all the way so the head is exposed. With a little bit of soap and water, gently wash the foreskin that's pulled back, the head, and especially the area just behind the ridge of the head which is where smegma tends to accumulate the most. Be sure to rinse the area well with water - any soap residue may irritate the foreskin and/or the head. Pull the foreskin back over the head, and you're done!

As for the shower gel irritation, you may want to switch brands, as its probably something in the gel that is reacting with your skin. Also, make sure you rinse all the gel/soap off well with water. Any residue will continue the irration for several hours afterwards.

 
Old 10-17-2001, 06:19 AM   #4
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Re: 2 questions

Thanks Lance and Focus. I'll switch brands of shower gel, and get some talcum powder to apply as directed.
I had a go at pulling my foreskin back yesterday. It doesn't go back very far, then it gets painful. The foreskin is also attached to the head at the bottom. Is this a problem?
When I pulled it back I did see some white stuff exposed. I take it this is the smegma that needs to be cleaned out?

A little more of that precious advice would be gratefully recieved, Thanks

 
Old 10-17-2001, 07:44 AM   #5
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You foreskin is attached to the head of your penis and yes the white stuff is smegma. You need to wash under your foreskin daily with a mild soap and water making sure you rinse the soap off well to avoid any irritation for soap residue. My one question is why your parents never pointed out the fact that you need to wash under your foreskin every day. This is something they should have taught you to do when you were little just as you were shown how to wash your hair etc. To any parents with uncircumsized boys........be sure that you show your boys how to properly clean under thier foreskin so they don't end up clueless like this fella did.

 
Old 10-18-2001, 04:58 AM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Alphafr:
<B>I had a go at pulling my foreskin back yesterday. It doesn't go back very far, then it gets painful.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE></B>

You have a tight foreskin, probably since it hasn't been pulled back before. Is this the first time you have retracted your foreskin? The foreskin is very elastic, and can stretch with 'exercise'. You need to stretch your foreskin everyday to get it elastic enough so that it will go back past the head comfortably. This requires you to pull the foreskin back everyday as far as it will go, stopping when you get pain. Don't force it!! As soon as you get pain, stop. If you do this everyday, you will find your foreskin will get more flexible and will go back further each time. Be patient though - this process takes some time, sometimes several months. But it will work - several others on this board have had the same problem as you, and now say they can fully retract their foreskin without any pain, and with ease. Another thing to look forward to is sliding the foreskin back and forth over the head is an excellent way to masturbate - you have a new sensation to look forward to! Also, if your head has never been exposed before, be prepared that it will be EXTREMELY sensitive at first. It may even feel slightly painful if you touch the head with your finger. This is normal, and is from being covered by the foreskin for so long. It will get less sensitive over time the more it is exposed to the air and other touch.

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>
The foreskin is also attached to the head at the bottom. Is this a problem?
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This is not a problem - this is normal. The foreskin is supposed to be attached to the bottom of the head by a strip of elastic skin that looks like a thin strip that fans out to the rest of the penis. This is called the frenulum, and it acts like a tether to connect the foreskin to the bottom of the head, and helps keep the foreskin in the forwards position covering the head. It works very similar to the web of skin under your tongue that attaches to the bottom of your mouth. The frenulum has a HUGE number of nerve endings, and is one of the most pleasurable parts of the penis. Sometimes just massaging the frenulum with one finger can bring about orgasm. The frenulum will need to be stretched too, as it tends to be tight at first, and then gets more elastic with the forskin retraction exercises I mentioned before. But go easy - the frenulum can tear if you force things, and you should try to avoid tearing it.

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>
When I pulled it back I did see some white stuff exposed. I take it this is the smegma that needs to be cleaned out?

</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, that is smegma. Its white/yellowish, thick, and cheesy in texture. If this is the first time you've cleaned under your foreskin, expect to find a LOT of smegma at first. Clean out what you can get to, and leave the rest until you can retract your foreskin more later on. As you are able to move your foreskin back further, you will find more smegma. The most of it usually collects just behind the ridge of the head, which will be the last area you will be able to get to as it requires the foreskin to be all the way back over the head to get to. Also, you may get some odor from the smegma - this is normal.

Hope this helps.

 
Old 10-18-2001, 05:31 AM   #7
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Re: 2 questions

Those stretching excercises work and you'll soon find a whole new pleasure awaiting you. It may help to take warm/hot soaking baths or showers and then try to do some stretching of the foreskin...the water makes the skin more easily stretched. In time you'll begin to notice a big difference. Keep in touch!

 
Old 12-15-2001, 03:55 PM   #8
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Re: 2 questions

I was reading this board cause i have the same sort of foreskin problem as a lot of people and i'd like to say thanx to focus for your good advice even though it wasnt directly to me. How exactly do u stretch the strip thingy? ??
Thanx

 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by noddy_2086:
<B>I was reading this board cause i have the same sort of foreskin problem as a lot of people and i'd like to say thanx to focus for your good advice even though it wasnt directly to me. How exactly do u stretch the strip thingy? ??
Thanx</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You're welcome, glad I could help. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

That strip thingy is called the frenulum. It is stretched the same way as the rest of the foreskin, since its actually part of the foreskin. So, you just pull the foreskin back as far as it will go, stopping when you get pain. Remember, the frenulum is supposed to be there and acts like a tether for the foreskin, and helps keep the foreskin pulled forward over the head under normal conditions. As long as you can pull the foreskin back enough to reveal the entire glans and wash under the foreskin, then that's all you need. Don't force things, as you can definitely tear the frenulum. It's not the end of the world, but it will be painful and you'll get bleeding. Sometimes the frenulum doesn't heal properly after it tears and leaves scarring.

 
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