In men, at any age, white bloom may appear on the head of the penis, which does not always indicate the presence of a serious disease or non-compliance with the rules of personal hygiene. Most often, this phenomenon is observed in adolescents in puberty and in men who are sexually promiscuous. Worse, when the cheesy bloom on the head and foreskin is accompanied by an unpleasant smell. Surprisingly, many men over the years delay in going to the doctor, ignoring the problem and hoping for an independent cure.
Causes of Appearance
In 90% of cases, the causes of white plaque on the head and foreskin are as follows:
- Cluster of smegma. This is a natural process, which for some may either be disturbed or take an abnormal form. Smegma is every man, as it is responsible for moistening the glans head and facilitates gliding of the foreskin through it. Smegma resembles a cheesy patina and has a sour, sharp odor. It occurs in small boys and adult men. Most often observed in adolescence during puberty. Only ignoring the rules of personal hygiene can cause the inflammatory process to start due to the large amount of accumulated smegma.
- Male thrush. Not as common as women, but it is a candida infection that can cause a man to have a white patina and an unpleasant smell on his head. Candidiasis is almost never manifested by single symptoms, so along with white pellets on the foreskin, severe itching and red spots can occur on the head of the penis. In rare cases, these cases may be accompanied by pain during urination. More rarely, candidal balanoposthitis spreads to the groin and perianal area. Very often it can be asymptomatic for many years, therefore already running cases or recurrent balanitis are diagnosed.
- Gardnerella For a long time it was believed that gardnell is found only in women suffering from bacterial vaginosis. However, it has been proven that in men, gardnell is also closely related, only now with balanoposthitis. A distinctive feature is a white sticky coating on the coronary sulcus of the glans penis with a sharp, unpleasant smell and small red spots on the foreskin. Has a tendency to self-cure.
Sometimes white pellets on the head of the penis can be a complication of gonorrhea, chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Photo of White Stuff on Penile Head
Diagnosis and Treatment
Circumcision is the most effective remedy for white bloom on the head and under the foreskin. It has also been proven that circumcision reduces the risk of many inflammatory processes appearing on the penis.
A variant of the norm is the appearance of white bloom in young boys and in boys during puberty. In men, smegma can be observed only if the rules of personal hygiene are ignored and the inflammatory process begins. If the usual daily care of the penis doesn’t go away after a week, and add other symptoms in the form of itching or redness, then it is recommended to make an appointment with a urologist or venerologist.
To confirm the diagnosis candidiasis balanoposthitis from the surface of the head will be taken plaque for analysis. Fungi of the Candida genus are considered conditional pathogenic, therefore any deviations from the norm may be accompanied by inflammatory processes, both in men and in women. A qualified specialist will immediately recommend treatment of both sexual partners at once, as there is a high probability of relapse. Common treatment regimen:
- Acceptance of Diflucan 300 mg;
- Acceptance of Diflucan 150 mg the next day;
- Acceptance of Diflucan 50 mg a day later.
From the first day and for two weeks, ointment with Clotrimazole or Nystatin ointment. Also white bloom from the head can be removed with the following ointments:
- Pimafucin – outwardly 3 times a day;
- Econazole – outwardly 2 times a day;
- Ketoconazole – 2 times a day.
Systemic treatment is almost always prescribed, only local drugs are used in cases where the disease is asymptomatic, and the main symptoms appear in the partner.
With regard to the treatment of smegma, which can appear on the head and foreskin, in most cases it is enough to enhance personal hygiene and preventive measures for the care of the genitals. For boys at puberty, it is recommended to wash the penis daily with warm water. In individual cases, it may be effective to wash the penis with a weak solution of potassium permanganate or hydrogen peroxide.
We recommend not to perform in self-treatment and at the first sign of burning, itching, redness or the appearance of white blot and an unpleasant smell on the penis immediately make an appointment to see a doctor. Curing male thrush at the initial stage is not as difficult as suffering from its recurrence after each unprotected intercourse or violation of personal hygiene rules.