Foreskin & Circumcision
The foreskin, which covers the head or glans of the penis, is sometimes surgically removed in a minor operation called a circumcision. Circumcision can be performed soon after birth for religious, cultural, or health reasons. At times, circumcision is performed later in life for medical reasons.
Although most uncircumcised males have no medical problems, occasionally problems with the foreskin can occur. Problems can include a swollen or red penis, or having the foreskin stuck to the glans (or tip) of the penis. Sometimes this can be caused by a foreskin that is too tight and the person should see his physician.
Good hygiene can help a person avoid foreskin problems. A male with an uncircumcised penis should stretch the foreskin every day by pulling it back to expose the head of the penis, then wash, dry and replace the foreskin over the penis.
It is important to clean the head of the penis every day. Otherwise you will be at increased risk for infection.
The whitish smegma which collects under the foreskin needs to be washed away every day because it can irritate the head of the penis, and in rare cases – if not cleansed regularly – can lead to penile cancer.
If you are unable to properly clean your penis because the foreskin is too tight or you experience pain, see your physician.
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