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Razor Bumps - Causes, Home Remedies, And Treatment!

MBBS, DHMS-Harvard, Masters in Clinical Dermatology
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
Razor Bumps - Causes, Home Remedies, And Treatment!

Razor bumps are a common skin condition that occurs as a result of shaving. The condition is more common in men and usually occurs on the face. Razor bumps are more than just an annoyance; in some cases, they can cause permanent damage if they’re not treated.

Razor bumps can occur anywhere that’s been shaved. Waxing, plucking, and removal by chemical depilatory may cause the condition in some cases, too. 

They’re most likely to occur in the following areas: 

  • face (particularly the chin, neck,  and lower cheeks) 
  • underarms 
  • groin 
  • legs

Causes and risk factors

The bumps occur when curly hairs get stuck inside the hair follicles. Instead of growing straight out of the follicle, hairs meet resistance from dead skin at more steeply angled pore openings and the hair curls back around inside the pore.


Razor bumps are fairly common and can usually be diagnosed with a physical examination.

Treatment options:

Irritated red bumps can be treated with a combination of: 

  • prescription antibacterial lotions
  • warm compresses with green tea bags 
  • spot treatment with over-the-counter steroid creams
  • Sterile incision and extraction of the hair are sometimes necessary. 
  • Laser hair removal or electrolysis is also an effective option in some cases. Find out which option is best for you.


If treated early, most serious complications from razor bumps can be avoided. In some cases, however, if the bumps aren’t treated, there’s a risk of scarring. This can include keloid scarring, which consists of hard, raised bumps. In rare cases, abscesses may form, and you may need surgical intervention.

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Genital Sores - Know How To Get Rid Of It!

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Genital Sores - Know How To Get Rid Of It!

Genital sores usually spread through infection that has occurred during sexual contact. These are red and itchy and cause immense pain. There may also be bleeding if rubbed or scratched. This is usually a form of sexually transmitted infection which can be caused due to dermatitis or other allergies. Genital herpes and syphilis as well as bacterial diseases like chancroid can also cause the occurrence of this condition. 

Here are a few ways in which this may be treated:

- Medication: The general physician or gynaecologist can prescribe a number of drugs that can help in treating this ailment. To begin with, you may have to ingest oral antibiotics or antiviral medication that can ensure that the bacteria do not get a chance to fester, grow and spread. Corticosteroids can also be prescribed for particularly severe cases. Pain relievers can help in soothing the area and the blisters in the genitals, while anti itching drugs like hydrocortisone can ensure that you do not scratch the area which can also lead to bleeding.

- Surgical Removal: A particularly troublesome bout or sores can be removed with the help of non-invasive and surgical procedures depending on the severity of the situation. You may be required to go under medical observation for a few hours or days after the procedure to ensure that there are no complications or further cases of infection.

- Intermittent Treatment: After the initial treatment where you will most likely go through a week long course of antiviral medication, or three weeks of antibiotic therapy, you may have to go through antiviral therapy every now and then. This is especially recommended if yours is a recurring case. Doctors usually recommend the ingestion of pills for two or three days as soon as you start to experience the painful symptoms and eruptions.

- Suppressive Treatment: Very frequent outbreaks can make the doctors prescribe an antiviral pill a day, which will basically act towards suppressing an attack. This kind of treatment is especially helpful if you have had more than six outbreaks in a span of twelve months. This can bring down the risk of outbreaks by about 80%, as per medical studies. This can also reduce the risk of passing on the infection to a partner. If you are taking this kind of treatment, you should see your doctor at least once or twice a year too.

Taking home remedies like a warm compress or sitting in a warm tub of water with a few drops of antibacterial can also help. But you must see a doctor before treating these sores at home. You can also prevent the same by practicing safe sex.

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Acne (Pimple) Homeopathic Treatment!

Homeopath, Ahmedabad
Acne (Pimple) Homeopathic Treatment!

Homeopathy for acne is different from conventional treatment in that a homeopathic remedy is individualized to the person. Because every person is different, no single homeopathic remedy will work for everyone. A remedy is selected based on a person’s unique set of symptoms, including (but not limited to) their acne symptoms. Therefore, seeking care with a homeopathic healthcare provider will likely result in the greatest success when treating acne.

Below are just a few of the many possible remedies that homeopaths consider for treating acne:

  • Hepar sulph: pimples that are very painful; they may feel like a splinter in the skin. Lesions are very sensitive to touch and possibly cold. They may cluster in crops on the forehead and tend to form pustules and whiteheads easily. Discharge may smell like old cheese. In general, the person may be very chilly and oversensitive to pain, touch, cold, and slight causes.

  • Calcarea sulph: severe cystic acne. Lesions persist in one place for weeks and do not heal quickly. Yellow, creamy pus drains for a long time. Unhealthy-looking skin with yellowish scabs. Pimples on face and near ears and hairline. Tendency to infections of the sinuses, ears, and tonsils that persist a long time. Person may be warm-blooded and feel worse in warm rooms.

  • Kali bromatum: acne begins in the teen years and continues relentlessly into adulthood. Bluish, red pustules on the face, chest, and shoulders that leave scars, purple spots, or a depression in the skin. Pimples may have a depressed center or be painful, large red cysts with a white or yellow center. In females, the acne may be worse near the menstrual period. The person may have fidgety hands and feed, unpleasant dreams, restless sleep, and teeth grinding. They may be worse from warmth.

  • Pulsatilla: acne in young girls that is associated with the onset of puberty. Acne that is associated with the menstrual period (especially when the period is irregular or absent) or with pregnancy. The person tends to have little thirst; to be weepy and like comfort and consolation; and to be chilly but like open, cool air and gentle motion.

  • Silica: deep, hard cystic acne, like boils on the face, especially the cheeks; pimples often to do not come to a head or show pus. Pimples are very slow to heal and leave pitting scars. The person tends to get infections easily and frequently. They may be chilly with sweaty hands and feet. They may be fatigued and lacking in strength and confidence, while also being obstinate with fixed ideas.

  • Sulphur: acne with very oily skin. Blackheads are plentiful. Pimples and whiteheads are very large but not that deep. The face, especially the nose, is generally affected and tends to become reddened. Pimples may be painless but itchy. The skin may be rough and worse from washing. The acne may also be worse from heat, before the menstrual period, and from eating fatty foods. (This remedy is especially indicated for rosacea, a reddening of the face that causes acne-like eruptions.


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Photodamaged Skin - How Homeopathy Plays A Role?

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Homeopath, Faridabad
Photodamaged Skin - How Homeopathy Plays A Role?

Photodamaged skin is a disorder which is mainly caused due to overexposure to the sun. This is why it is also referred to as sun damaged skin. The sun’s rays causes the naturally occurring oils of the skin to evaporate that eventually leads to dry skin. Once the skin is dried out, the UV rays from the sun can burn it which in turn causes the disorder.

Types of Photodamaged Skin
Sun damage to the skin is not limited to just a single form. In fact, there can be 4 distinct types in which the disorder can affect the skin.

  1. Dry Skin- This causes the skin to flake off and look wrinkled in the process.
  2. Sunburn- When your skin is slightly over-exposed to the sun, it may become red and painful. However, greater exposure may even cause blisters and other forms of boils to appear over the skin’s surface.
  3. Actinic keratosis- A more permanent form of sun damage, Actinic keratosis results in the formation of a small patch of scaly eruptions on the skin. This does not go away on its own and needs to be removed by a physician.
  4. Long-term changes- If the exposure to the sun continues for a considerably long period of time, it may cause permanent damage to the structural protein in the skin. Photo-ageing or premature ageing may be one of the long-term changes.

Effective homeopathic treatment for sun damaged skin
Homeopathy treats the underlying cause of the sun damage and not just the external area of the skin where the damage has occurred. This is why the practitioners will first conduct a complete checkup of the patient to know about the normal skin condition of that person. Some people tend to have oily skin while others are predisposed to have drier skin. The people with dry skin are at greater risk of sun damage, as compared to those who possess oily skin.

Certain homeopathic medications are devised to treat mild sunburn while others are effective against the photodamaged skin cases of greater severity. For instance, the medicine extracted from Cantharis sp. is a great homeopathic medicine for treating sun damaged skin where blisters are also visible. However, the medicine extracted from the plant Belladonna is used in case the sunburn has only caused redness and no other symptoms.

At any rate, patients are recommended to avoid exposing their skin to the sun, as continued exposure can lead to skin cancers as well. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Medications - How Can They Affect Your Skin?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology, F.C.P.S.(Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy), Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Pune
Medications - How Can They Affect Your Skin?

All drugs carry within themselves the potential to treat and harm the skin. Side effects of medicines are a common phenomenon, with variation in the intensities. Sometimes they are minor and do not require medications; however at other times they may require urgent attention and treatment.

Some allergies caused due to medications that primarily affect your skin are:

  1. Itches and rashes: Sometimes your body may be allergic to certain type of medications. If these drugs are taken by you then the immune system treats them as foreign invasions and triggers a reaction against them. In certain cases, on consuming a drug that your body is allergic to, a kind of white blood cell called T cells expand. Itching, rashes on the skin are common repercussions in such a scenario.
  2. Swelling on the face and throat: Often it happens that, on being administered a medicine or an injection, you may experience severe swelling on face and throat. This is an extreme case of medicinal side effect and is commonly known as anaphylaxis. This must be immediately treated and brought to the notice of a trained doctor. 
  3. Blisters: This is also an important potential side effect of a drug. On being administered a drug, you may experience an erosion on the surface of lips and eyes as a reaction against it. Immediate treatment and a visit to the doctor is imperative if you experience these symptoms. 
  4. Swelling of the tongue: If you have high blood pressure and if you take angiotensin converting enzyme, a swollen tongue and persistent cough are the possible side effects. 
  5. Flushing and itching: You may suffer from symptoms of flushing and itching as a possible side effect of the intravenous dyes that are used in the X-rays.

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Penis Bumps - What It Means to Have a Genital Hemangioma

Dr. Vinod Raina 88% (6195 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Bumps - What It Means to Have a Genital Hemangioma

Adult males with an interest in superior penis care are familiar with many of the common penis health issues: Peyronie's disease, pearly penile papules, Fordyce spots, and so on. But there are many other penis conditions that are not so common. One of these, genital hemangioma (sometimes called penile hemangioma), tends to occur more often in children, but can affect adult men as well, resulting in unusual penis bumps or marks.


What is a hemangioma? In the vast majority of the cases, it is a birthmark, something a child is born with or which develops very early in infancy. It's a benign vascular tumor, which is another way of saying that the blood vessels in an area of the skin get together in an unusual way, such that they leave a mark on the skin above them. When the capillaries stay beneath the skin, the mark is referred to as a cavernous hemangioma. When the vessels erupt from the skin, appearing on the surface, they are called capillary hemangiomas.

Although a hemangioma can be quite visible early on, most of them tend to fade away as a child ages. The majority of hemangiomas disappear by adolescence, although capillary hemangiomas are more likely to remain visible for an extended period of time than cavernous ones. However, some adults do experience the arrival of hemangiomas later in life.

Since the tumors are noncancerous, they are typically not a cause for concern. In some cases, however, they can create difficulties. Cavernous hemangiomas, in particular, may cause vision or breathing problems, depending upon where they are located and how deep they go. If the hemangioma is in certain areas, it may cause nausea, abdominal discomfort and loss of appetite.

Genital hemangioma

When a hemangioma appears on the penis or testicles, it is considered a genital hemangioma. These are very rare, with only about two dozen cases described in medical literature. While hemangiomas tend to be benign, the placement of one on the penis can become problematic. Because of the intense friction the penis endures during sex, the hemangioma can cause significant discomfort and pain. In some instances, sexual activity, whether in the form of intercourse or masturbation, can result in rupture of the capillaries and bleeding.

In addition, some men find the presence of penile hemangiomas to be aesthetically unappealing. Potential partners may be concerned about their appearance, worrying that they may indicate the presence of a sexually-transmitted infection (which is not the case). If a man is displeased with the appearance of his penis due to the tumor, he may find his self-esteem impacted and may experience feelings of depression.


If a man decides to have a hemangioma removed, the most common options are surgical excision, laser therapy and sclerotherapy (injection of chemicals directly into a vein). When the hemangioma is on the penis, sclerotherapy is probably the most common procedure.

As stated before, genital hemangiomas are rare, especially in adult males. However, if a man notices a swelling and discoloration on his penis for which no other cause is evident, he should explore this option with his doctor.

The cause of hemangiomas is still unknown, but a penis in good health is in a better state to receive treatment if one does develop. One excellent way to maintain penile health is via the daily application of a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). It pays to select a crème that covers all the bases, so the wise shopper will choose one that includes a range of vitamins, preferably A, B5, C, D and E. It's also a good idea to find a crème with L-arginine, an amino acid that helps boost the health of penile blood vessels by keeping them open to increased blood flow.

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Blisters In Armpits - Can It Be A Sign Of Scabies?

Dermatologist, Chennai
Blisters In Armpits - Can It Be A Sign Of Scabies?

The development of bumps and blisters on your skin surface accompanied by severe itching are the symptoms of a skin condition known as scabies. It is caused by a burrowing mite called sarcoptes scabiei. A patient experiences itching in the affected area and the urge for itching gets increased during the night. Scabies is a contagious disease and spreads rapidly among people via a physical contact.

Thin and irregular burrow tracks or blisters are common symptoms of scabies. These tracks generally appear in the folds of the skin. Commonly, scabies appears in the following areas:

  1. Between the fingers
  2. In the armpits
  3. Around the waist and along the insides of the wrist
  4. On the inner elbow, soles of the feet
  5. Around the breasts, buttocks, knees and shoulder blades

In case you had scabies previously, the symptoms usually develop within a few days after exposure. For first-time occurrences, six weeks are required for the symptoms to appear.

The eight-legged female mite which causes scabies burrows beneath the skin, produces a tunnel and deposits egg in it. After being hatched, the mite travels to the skin surface. Here they become mature and spread to other areas. The body’s allergic reaction to the mites, the eggs and their waste material causes the itching. Vigorous scratching of the scabies infected skin can break the skin, allowing a secondary bacterial infection to develop, like impetigo. A severe type of scabies known as crusted scabies can affect some people.

Crusted scabies usually affects people suffering from chronic heart diseases due to which the body’s immune system gets weakened. People who are very sick, hospitalised and aged people in nursing homes may develop crusted scabies. This type of scabies is scaly and crusty, covers large areas all over the body and is difficult to cure.

Treatment of scabies
The involves the elimination of the developments using medicines. There are several lotions and creams, which can be used on a doctor’s prescription for treatment. These creams should be applied all over the body. After the application, the medication should be left for eight hours. In case of recurrence of rashes and burrows, a second treatment may be required.

It is important to consult a doctor for proper treatment of scabies. Usually, treatment is recommended for all family members and close friends of an affected person, even though no symptoms of scabies appear in these people.

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Blisters - How To Treat Them?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Blisters - How To Treat Them?

Blisters can be a very major inconvenience. Though it seems to be a good idea to pop a blister yourself as it can otherwise cause distraction or may be uncomfortable and unsightly, puncturing it often does more harm than good. Here are a few ways mentioned about how to treat blisters. Read on more to find out all about it.

1. For a Blister which has not popped

  • Try not to pop the blister as the pus if spread can affect other areas
  • Leave the blister uncovered or cover it with a loose bandage
  • Avoid putting pressure on the area of the blister. If the blister has appeared in areas where applying pressure is unavoidable like for example at the bottom of the foot, put mole skin around the blister in a circular fashion such that the mole skin gets the shape of a donut.

2. For a blister which has been popped

  • Wash the area where the blister appeared gently with warm water. Apply gentle soap in the area as well to disinfect the region. Do not by any chance use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or iodine in the area as it would cause complications.
  • Smooth down the skin flap which remains after the blister pops. 
  • Apply antibiotic ointment in the affected area to prevent infections
  • Cover the region loosely with help of a sterile bandage or gauge.

3. When to drain a blister

  • For blisters which are painful, large or in awkward spots, it is better to drain them. Be careful and cautious while draining the blister and follow the below mentioned tips.
  • Wash the area where the blister has appeared.
  • Take a needle and sterilize it with alcohol and water.
  • Make an incision at the edge of the blister and carefully squeeze out the pus.
  • Wash the blister again and pat dry. Do not remove the skin flap which remains there after draining.
  • Smoothen the skin flap and apply antibiotic ointment in the region.
  • Wrap it up with a loose sterile bandage or gauge.

4. Follow up

  • Change the bandage on a regular basis, whenever it is wet or dirty.
  • Consult a doctor immediately if signs of infections like red streaks around the affected region, fever, or accumulation of more pus occur.

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Penis Infection Warning Signs - When to Tell a Partner

Dr. Vinod Raina 88% (6195 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Infection Warning Signs - When to Tell a Partner

Penis Infection Warning Signs - When to Tell a Partner

Penis infections are something no man wants to deal with. A sore penis is bad enough, but contracting a contagious problem can be life altering. Taking precautions to ensure optimal penis health is essential. However, if problems do appear, it's equally important to understand whether the condition is serious enough to necessitate contacting any recent sexual partners.

Shrug off the stigma.

Since penis infections are considered embarrassing, it can be tempting for men to shrug off the issue as insignificant and self-contained. Too often, guys will ask themselves, "Why should I tell anyone else I know about my problem?"

The answer, of course, is that penis health problems can result from sexual contact and be transmitted from one person to another. Past partners must be informed so that they can check themselves for any signs of infection, seek proper medical treatment if necessary, and alert any of their recent partners as well.

Spread the word, fast.

When a man is diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease or infection, he has an obligation to inform his prior partners as quickly as possible. Often, timing can be crucial. The earlier a serious genital infection is detected and treated, the higher a person's odds of recovery are.

Cover all bases.

While most people consider in-person exchanges the best way to share sensitive information, phone calls, emails and even text messages should not be ruled out if a partner is unable to meet up or is unresponsive to initial contact. Of course, emailing or texting alarming news to a partner should be considered a last resort: many people might find this rude or insensitive. But if a man's options are limited, he should take advantage of every means of communication at his disposal.

Know what STDs look like.

In general, a man should contact his partners if he has contracted any of the following:

A "major" sexually transmitted disease, such as gonorrhea or syphilis. Often the first sign of these conditions is pain in the penis - especially when urinating - as well as swollen lymph nodes in the genital area. With gonorrhea, there may also be a thick, white, green or yellow discharge from the urethra, while syphilis often results in a hard sore (about the size of a button or a dime) on the penis.

Genital herpes. This virus usually begins as itchy red spots on and around the penis. But they will often evolve into tender red blisters.
Yeast infection, also known as thrush or candida. Yeast infections often present themselves as red or white spots on the penis. The skin may become dry, cracked, and painful to touch. Some men can also develop blisters with a penile yeast infection.
Scabies. A highly contagious and often extremely itchy condition, Scabies is caused by mites that burrow and lay eggs in a person's skin. Scabies is usually accompanied by a straight-line of red itchy bumps or rashes..
Pubic lice. Commonly known as crabs, pubic lice can cause a tremendous amount of itching and discomfort. One indication of public lice is the appearance of tiny brown flecks in the pubic hair. These are actually lice eggs.
Sometimes a man may notice physical changes in his penis that are unrelated to contagious infections. For instance, many men worry when they find Fordyce spots: small, harmless white bumps that are really sebaceous glands. Or PPP (pearly penile papules), which resemble little white domes of skin that form in rings around the glans, on their penises. These conditions are neither serious nor contagious, and there's no urgent need to let any partners know of them.

Penis infections can be avoided through proper hygiene and the use of condoms and other preventive measures. Keeping the penis healthy should be a top priority for every man. Applying a quality penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can improve overall penis health. Look for a cream that contains L-arginine, a powerful enzyme that can augment the oxygenation of penis cells. Men should also consider any products with vitamin A, which has anti-bacterial properties that can help reduce unwanted penis odor.


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Penis Packing - Tips for Creating a More Impressive Bulge

Dr. Vinod Raina 88% (6195 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Packing - Tips for Creating a More Impressive Bulge

Penis Packing - Tips for Creating a More Impressive Bulge

Penis packing - the art of making the male organ appear larger, more obvious or more prominent by stuffing the undergarments with extraneous material - is an age-old gimmick. It's easy to understand the psychology behind this trickery; plenty of men simply feel that having an impressive penis bulge will suggest exceptional penis health and, perhaps most importantly, a more sexually potent tool. It can also be a major confidence booster.

Blame nature.

Human beings may have evolved over the centuries, but sexual activities are still motivated by instinct. As with many other species, the human male often assumes that emphasizing his sex organ is the best way to attract a partner. Since society demands that sexual organs be kept hidden away, some men choose to draw attention to their packages by achieving a prominent penis bulge through artificial means. Real or imagined, this augmented bulge is seen as a draw for potential sex partners, as well as a sign of dominance over men with more modest bulges.

Food for thought.

Before stuffing, a man should ask himself these questions:

  • Is he committed? Adding extra packaging to a man's underwear can make his genitals feel crowded and uncomfortable. The crotch is already a generally hot and sweaty environment; stuffing may worsen this.
  • Is the bulge really that important? The fact is that most women find penis size to be less crucial than a man's ability to use and control his member.
  • What happens when the clothes come off? If a man tries to amplify his sex appeal by exaggerating his penis size, he could be setting up his partner for a serious surprise when the "truth" is revealed.

How to stuff.

  • If the appearance of a large penis bulge seems worth the risks, a man should proceed with the following considerations:
  • What, exactly, is being exaggerated: length, girth or both? Deciding this first will determine how the stuffing should be done.

What kind of stuffing should be used?

  • Plenty of men find that socks are the most convenient item for creating a bigger bulge, especially since a single sock can be slipped right over the shaft. On the other hand, men who desire a longer, accentuated member may want to "sculpt" the sock into a more definable penis shape.
  • Alternatively, some men choose to stuff with tissues, toilet paper, cotton balls, and even sanitary napkins, all of which may be less irritating to the penis skin than a sock.
  • A fancier option for would-be stuffers is a penis sheath. These sleeves come in many sizes and fabrics, and they're molded to resemble a real penis - usually, a penis of considerably size. When placed over the penis and covered with tight clothing, a sheath offers the unmistakable impression of a very large tool.

Sometimes a penis ring or sling may be all that a man needs for a more prominent bulge. Rings are placed around the base of the penis shaft to create a more engorged look, while slings act as a harness for the shaft and balls, holding them in a more forward position. Both items can be found at sex stores. Men should approach this technique with caution, since these items are not meant for constant use, and overdoing it can limit circulation to the area. Over time, this can lead to tissue damage and even loss of penis sensation. Whether men choose to pack or go natural, the health of the penis should be the primary consideration; and if truth be told, the majority of women greatly prefer a penis that looks healthy and feels supple and responsive to one that is super-sized. As a result, proper penis skin care should be of primary importance in every man's daily personal hygiene regimen. Ideally, this will involve the daily application of a top-drawer penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil). Irritated penis skin typically responds best to creams that includes a high-end emollient like Shea butter, along with a natural hydrator such as vitamin E. Men should also consider using a cream containing vitamin A, which may help eliminate unwanted penis odor.


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