How to keep your penis clean – and avoid nasty smells and irritation down there

But do you know if you're washing your penis right?

In fact, you need to make sure you pay particular attention to your manhood otherwise you may end up with a nasty irritation and even bad smells below the belt.

Not only will this cause you pain, but it can be a real mood killer in the bedroom – let's be honest, no one likes a bad smell.

So, what should you be doing in your shower routine to make sure your downstairs area stays squeaky clean.

The first thing is to make sure you're washing with warm water and soap every day, Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and clinical director of, told The Sun Online.

Whether or not your circumcised also makes a difference to how you should wash yourself.

Boys, if you're not circumcised it's REALLY important that you gentle pull your foreskin back to wash underneath it every day.

"Get into the habit of pulling it back, washing gently with warm water and soap, rinsing thoroughly and pulling the foreskin forward again when you finish," Sarah said.

"If you don’t wash regularly a smegma – a cheesy substance that builds up under the foreskin if you don’t wash regularly – builds up.

"This can cause irritation, redness and soreness.

"It’s called balanitis and not washing is the most common cause, although infections like thrush can sometimes lead to similar issues."

Smegma is actually a naturally occurring substances that is found on the head of your penis and under the foreskin to keep everything moist.

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But if it builds up too much that's when it can cause a problem.

You'll notice your penis will start to smell, your foreskin doesn't move as easily and there may be some inflammation, or balanitis.

It goes without saying that any irritation and swelling down there is going to be painful, so make sure you're taking extra care when washing.

If you are washing everything properly but you still have some redness or irritation it's a good idea to speak to your doctor as it may be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection.

Once you lathered up enough to get rid of any bacteria it's important you rinse properly too as soap can lead to irritation when it's left on the skin.

You also need to make sure you pull your foreskin back over the tip of your penis.

"If you don’t pull the foreskin back into place, occasionally a tight foreskin can become uncomfortable," Sarah added.

"It can even lead to paraphimosis, where the foreskin gets stuck and can’t be pulled back over the glans of the penis.

"This interferes with blood flow and is a medical emergency."

So what about if you're circumcised?

You should still be following all of the above steps, but as you have no foreskin you're much less likely to develop a smegma or balanitis.

But that doesn't mean you can skip on any washing, you still need to use warm water and soap every day.


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