A surprising number of men believe that the penis does not need much in the way of attention, beyond a quick shower every day or so and maybe the use of protection during an intimate encounter. Sadly, this is not true. A penis is a delicate structure that requires proper healthcare. The good news is that all it takes are a few basic changes to one’s routine to ensure a hygienic and healthy penis. Here are some common mistakes men make when it comes to their health and how to improve on them.
Mistake 1: Ignoring Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is more common than most men think. It affects more than 50 per cent of men who are over the age of 60, as well as 20 per cent of men over the age of 20. Sometimes men have the tendency to keep erection problems under wraps, thinking that their stress or emotions could be at the root of them, or even that the problem will go away if they just ignore it.
While stress like a bad day at the office, an upcoming presentation, a looming car payment or an argument with a partner can certainly lead to problems in the bedroom, many instances of erectile dysfunction arise from physical problems, such as diabetes, heart problems, smoking, obesity and high blood pressure. This is why it’s so important to consult with a doctor if one is dealing with erection problems on a recurring basis. Many effective treatment options are now available for men with performance related issues, ranging from medications to counselling to simple lifestyle changes.
Mistake 2: Not Cleaning the Penis Correctly
Men who have an uncircumcised penis should wash under the foreskin with soap and water to ensure the prevention of built-up materials which can lead to irritation and cause infections. Circumcised men must also be vigilant about cleaning the penis well to prevent illnesses or infection. A gentle soap should be used, as the penile skin is delicate and should not be washed with ordinary body soaps or shower gels that contain chemical irritants; shampoos and other personal care items also tend to leech away the skin’s natural lubricants and can cause cracked, peeling, sore penis skin.
The entire groin area should also be cleaned well, as this particular part of the body is likely to develop some stinky aromas from the combination of sweat, hair, and other bodily substances that accumulate here.
Men should always dry themselves off thoroughly after stepping out of the shower, as well; damp skin can attract bacteria and other organisms that can flourish in moist, warm environments. These organisms can cause unpleasant issues ranging from foul odors to itchy penis rashes to swollen skin and a chunky discharge.