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Prepuce in Men

Published at : 02-09-2019 View : 6956

  The foreskin (also known as the prepuce) is a portion of skin on the penis that covers and protects the tip of the penis, also known as the glans. It is the double-layered fold of smooth muscle tissue, blood vessels, neurons, skin, and mucous membrane part of the penis that covers and protects the glans penis and the urinary meatus.

What is Prepuce?

  All healthy boys are born with a foreskin, a guy who has a penis with a foreskin will need to pull it back and wash underneath it to prevent secretions from building up and attracting infection. Depending on the guy, the size of his foreskin, and his personal preference, he may want to also retract his foreskin when he puts on a condom. The foreskin retracts during an erection in most guys. Other guys prefer to keep their foreskins from retracting during sex because the glans underneath may be too sensitive.



Symptoms Foreskin Problems

  The following is a list of symptoms that males may have if they develop problems with the foreskin that usually appears swollen.

  With phimosis, the symptoms include:

   Difficulty with urination

   Pain upon urination

   Blood in the urine

   Pain in the penis

  With paraphimosis, symptoms include:

   Penile pain (particularly in the glans)

   Penile discoloration (this occurs after blood flow is cut off); the penis may become whitish, bluish, gray-colored, or black

Common Foreskin problems

  Conditions that may affect the foreskin include:

  Inflammation: it is sore and red foreskin, the common causes are forced retraction, irritants such as bubble baths or dirty nappies.

  Infection: it is the most common cause include posthitis and balanitis. Posthitis is an infection of the foreskin, usually caused by fungus thriving in the hot and moist conditions and balanitis is the infection of the foreskin and glans and is usually caused by poor hygiene.

  Chronic infections: for some males, posthitis or balanitis tends to recur. A complication of chronic infections is scar tissue, which could stick the foreskin to the glans and make retraction impossible. Chronic infections of the penis and foreskin also increase the risk of urinary tract infections.

  Phimosis: the foreskin is abnormally tight, which prevents it from retracting. This can cause recurrent balanitis because good hygiene is difficult or impossible. An erection may cause the foreskin to split and bleed. The tight foreskin can also hinder urination in some cases, the foreskin fills up with urine like a little balloon.

  Paraphimosis: it permanently retracted the foreskin. The foreskin gathers like a tight rubber band around the penis, causing swelling and pain. This condition is the second most common reason for adult circumcision.

  Tumor: rarely, abnormal growths develop on the foreskin. In some cases, the tumor is cancerous. Penile cancer is extremely rare in circumcised men.

  Circumcision is a common treatment for many foreskin problems. Mild cases of phimosis can be treated with some medicine to help soften the skin and make it easier for the foreskin to retract.



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