Unattractive Male Organ Skin May Be Lichen Sclerosis

Unattractive Male Organ Skin May Be
Lichen Sclerosis
Skin care is something that is identified with women, but which is important
for men as well. And, of course, that need for care extends to the male organ
skin. Unattractive skin on the member can mar an otherwise-appealing
package, causing potential partners to check out. It can also indicate possible
hygienic or male organ health issues which may need tending to. For
example, sometimes male organ skin problems may result from a condition
known as lichen sclerosis.
Not just women
Lichen sclerosis is much more common among women (in whom it affects
the female organ) than in men, but it does occur in men – probably more
frequently than is known. (Many men are reluctant to report problems they
have with their member to a doctor, so it is suspected that lichen sclerosis is
underreported among males.)
Also known in men as balanitis xerotica obliterans, lichen sclerosis is a
chronic inflammatory disorder about which not enough is known. The cause
or causes are still being identified and explored, but it is thought to be an
autoimmune disorder. What does that mean? Well, an autoimmune disorder
occurs when a person’s body mistakenly starts identifying something that
naturally exists in the body (usually a protein) as a foreign object, and so
starts developing antibodies to fight this supposedly foreign object.
Because some 15% of people with lichen sclerosis have a relative with the
condition, it is also thought that there may be a genetic component involved
in the disorder as well.
What it does
When a man has lichen sclerosis, it is usually located in the tip or head of the
member. It may become inflamed, causing redness. There may also be white
patches which appear on the head, and the skin may get blotchy and
wrinkled. It becomes sensitive, so that the skin may tear more easily, causing
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bleeding, and sometimes there are sores or ulcers that appear in the area.
Most men experience severe male organ itching as well. The urinary tube
tends to constrict, so that urine streams may thin, crooked or “spattery;” in
intact men, the sheath may become difficult to retract. And sensual activity
usually becomes painful while lichen sclerosis is present.
Often, young intact boys with phimosis also have lichen sclerosis.
Otherwise, it is more common among middle-aged men, especially if they
are uncut; however, many of any age, with or without sheath, can be
affected.
Treatment
The first step in treating lichen sclerosis is to get it diagnosed, so a visit to a
urologist – or at least to a general practitioner – is in order. Since the exact
cause of the disorder is still under discussion, treatment tends to involve
attacking the symptoms rather than the root cause itself.
The most common, and usually effective, course of treatment is application
of corticosteroids via a crème or ointment. In most cases, the corticosteroids
will be applied twice a day until the symptoms disappear. Frequently, a
patient will be recommended to continue treatment on a much less frequent
basis (once or twice a week) to keep the condition from coming back.
If corticosteroids don’t work, the doctor may recommend another
medication. In some instances, a doctor may suggest that an intact patient
consider removing the overlying skin as a treatment option.
Lichen sclerosis can create an unpleasant male organ skin situation, so even
after treatment a man should apply a first rate male organ health creme
(health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically
proven mild and safe for skin) to assist restoring and rejuvenating the male
organ skin. This will be more easily accomplished if the chosen crème
contains both a high end emollient (think shea butter) and a powerful
hydrator (such as vitamin E). The male organ skin will further benefit from a
crème with a potent antioxidant, such as alpha lipoic acid. Powerful
antioxidants can fend off excess free radicals, which left unchecked can
bring about significant oxidative damage to the skin.
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