Among the many complaints about male organ problems, foul odors are one of the most common. Men often don’t like to talk about this kind of issue with their health care provider, but a fishy male organ smell can be embarrassing and it is certainly not a turn-on for a potential intimate partner. Fortunately, getting rid of an unpleasant manhood odor can be as simple as cleaning the skin properly and applying a male organ crème which contains natural antibacterial agents and moisturizers.
Causes of fishy male organ odor
Unpleasant odors are generally a sign of bacteria on the male organ, especially in men with an intact sheath. Dr. David King, director of urology services at the El Camino Hospital of Los Gatos, CA explains that "The most common causes of bad smell around the [male organ] would be related to poor hygiene and skin infections.”
Hygiene-related male organ odor
Foul odors often occur when dead skin cells build up underneath the sheath, attracting bacteria which create a fishy smell that is related to lack of proper cleansing. To address this problem, Dr. King recommends that all men pull back the sheath completely and wash the area underneath with warm water and a mild cleanser. In addition, it is important to dry the area carefully – bacteria thrive in warm, moist places – and to pull the sheath back to its original position.
Aside from poor hygiene, skin infections can also cause a fishy smell. Thrush, or yeast infection, is often the cause of male organ odor and can affect both cut and uncut men. Aside from an unpleasant smell, a yeast infection is often accompanied by a thick, whitish discharge, as well as uncomfortable burning and itching. Pain when passing water may also occur if the infection has affected the urethra, or opening at the tip of the male organ.
Bacterial vaginosis (in partners)
Men whose female intimate partners are affected by bacterial vaginosis, a condition which also causes a fishy smell due to imbalances in body chemistry, may also experience the odor on their own male member. Again, washing carefully and moisturizing the manhood skin can help to address this problem.
Other causes of male organ odor
Some of the less-common causes of male organ odor include urinary tract infections – the bacteria that cause the infection may spread to the outside of the male organ, around the urethral opening, resulting in a detectable fishy smell. In addition, some diabetics are affected by a condition known as ketonuria, in which waste products from the breakdown of fatty acids can accumulate in the urine and cause a fishy odor.
Promoting a healthy male organ
Fortunately, most cases of bad male organ odor can be resolved fairly easily. As mentioned earlier, proper hygiene is the first step. Aside from keeping the area, clean, men can take the following steps to prevent or eliminate unpleasant male organ smells:
1. Moisturize. Overly dry male organ skin often develops minute fissures, which allow the bacteria that are often responsible for a fishy smell to penetrate. Natural moisturizers such as shea butter work well for sensitive male organ skin, while those containing vitamin E create natural moisture barrier that prevents dehydration.
2. Reduce the presence of bacteria on the skin. Nourishing the male organ skin with natural anti-bacterials such as vitamin A can help to eliminate the presence of odor-causing bacteria and to prevent bacterial infections. In addition, vitamin C can help to boost the immune system and protect the body from disease.
Applying a specialized formula containing male organ vitamins, moisturizers and other nutrients (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) as part of the daily personal care regimen may help to keep the male organ clean, healthy and odor free.
For additional information on most common men's health issues, tips on improving male organ sensitivity, and what to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle visit: http://www.man1health.com. John Dugan is a professional writer who specialized in men's health issues and contributes feature articles and blogs to numerous publications.
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