Tips on treating foreskin conditions

CIRCUMCISION rates are lower now than 30 years ago, underlining the importance of including foreskin hygiene and care in general practice.

There are various foreskin conditions that can lead to significant morbidity. These are mainly caused by bacteria and smegma (an accumulation of desquamated epidermal cells and sebum) that collect under the foreskin if it is not cleaned regularly.

Men need to be diligent about genital hygiene: the foreskin needs to be gently retracted and cleaned with a mild agent daily to help prevent inflammation of the glans penis.