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....... and I want to ask here rather than health and healing because here is specifically about penises.<br><br>
DH is of course intact (born in the UK), he very careful about keeping his genitals clean (a bit to careful, he uses that antibacterial hand gel that they use in hospitals and uses soap etc).<br><br>
The reaso he is so careful is because no matter what he tries, he has a very strong odour (and dare I say it, taste).........<br><br>
Does anyone have any idea why this could be? No matter how wash his jeans (he goes commando so underwear isn't an issue) the crutch will smell......... I know he finds it somewhat embarassing and I can find it, somewhat off putting (but I love him and he puts up with my sweaty betty body).<br><br>
Maybe if we can work out why this is happening we cando something about it, he is, also, unfortunutely, allergic to Doctors, so its not something he will bring up with them.<br><br>
Any help would be great.
 

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something in his diet maybe?<br><br>
All genitals have a normal mild order to them (circ'd or intact), but it sounds like you are saying his oder is unusually strong.<br><br>
I have read that the most common reason for an unusually strong genital oder is:<br><br>
STD's<br>
Yeast<br>
Bacterial Overgrowth<br>
Infection<br>
excessive sweating<br><br>
Perhaps the anti-bacterial soap is to blame. I have also read this many times about AB soaps:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Most of us should avoid antibacterial products. People in health care may be the only exception. For the rest of us, antibacterial soap started out as a pretty good idea, but it could be turning into a big mistake. Antibacterial soaps and ointments, for example, <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">may be unintentionally creating germs</span></b> that are resistant to antibiotics. Eventually, our antibiotics may not do much of anything to slow the spread of these types of germs and the diseases they cause.</td>
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I am wondering whether it might be yeast then. Since being with him I have suddenly turned into a real pro at getting thrush. It was a huge issue during our first couple of years together although it has improved but I still get it more than averagee and at the moment, 2 weeks before my period starts I turn into a yeast factory (fungal factory sounded so much better).<br><br>
I might seee if I can encourage him to try a course thrush cream.<br><br>
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you can just buy over the counter thrush cream (at least over here, we used clotrimazole 2% cream) and put some under the foreskin as often as you would treat yourself.<br><br>
If you're getting recurrent thrush its a good idea to treat both of you (as well as ironing the crotches of all your underwear and hotwashing towels etc) to make sure there is no way you can be reinfected.
 

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You are not saying whether he actually uses antibacterial hand gel on his penis, but if he is, he should stop! Both strong soaps and anything else to disturb the natural bacterial flora will create an imbalance and can make him smell. A thrush cream might be a good idea, and also he could try putting some natural yoghurt on it to help get a more normal environment back.<br><br>
Also he shouldn't wear too tight trousers, and it should be fabrics that breathe (no leather trousers, for instance!), but I'm sure you know that already! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I would strongly suggest he stop using soap of any kind directly on his genitals as soap is very irritating on tender mucousal skin. Anything antibacterial would also disturb the natural balance and allow the overgrowth of yeast. It is my understanding that yeast is a naturally present microbe but is kept in check by the bacterial balance. This is why when women take an oral antibiotic, they often develop a yeast infection (yeast overgrowth) because the antibiotic destroys the bacteria that keeps things in balance.
 

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Yeah, started using the damn geel after I got it for our hands. Silly really, its not like dirty hands are an issue, I just like buying weird and wonderful things. So, he obviously thought it would be a good idea to use n his penis to see if it would help the smell issue which it hasn't..........<br><br>
I am going to get him to stop, he likes to try and make himself smell nicer but its not helping the underlieing problem at all.<br><br>
I have some spare clotrimazole hanging around (I always have spare thrush stuff hanging around lol). So we shall see if it helps. I don't remember itt being this bad to begin with so I don't know if he origiinally caught it from me but because he is funny about things (he doesn't believe guys get the guy version of thrush), so he won't use the cream but I am going to force the issue because its not just him its affecting lol.<br><br>
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The human body has an amazing assemblage of microorganisms that coexist with us. We really do not understand the relationship very well, let alone how to manipulate it for the better. And the various organisms and mix of organisms can change over time especially as conditions change.<br><br>
I agree that he should first stop using soaps of any kind on his penis. See what happens over time. Then try other things. Yogurt has been suggested. If he cannot stand the smell and/or feeling (itchiness perhaps?) without anything except a rinse with water, then it is time to see a doctor in case there is something colonizing him that should be removed.<br><br>
Allergic to doctors? Tough. Either for you or him. Depends upon what you both decide. Shrug.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Anything antibacterial would also disturb the natural balance and allow the overgrowth of yeast. It is my understanding that yeast is a naturally present microbe but is kept in check by the bacterial balance. This is why when women take an oral antibiotic, they often develop a yeast infection (yeast overgrowth) because the antibiotic destroys the bacteria that keeps things in balance.</div>
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I'm going to agree with everyone else!<br><br>
The preputial space is an anerobic environment as is the vagina and vulva. This means that they are colonized by beneficial bacteria that are part of the immune system. The obsessive hygiene he is practicing is likely killing off those beneficial bacteria and this is causing the odors and thrush. He has no more need to use soap in his preputial space any more than you need to use soap in your vulva. If he absolutely insists on using soap, he should switch to a non-antibacterial or non-deodorant soap.<br><br>
He should also rub plain unsweetened yogurt on the inner surfaces for several days. Yogurt has the exact same beneficial bacteria that colonizes the preputial space and the vagina and vulva. This yogurt regimine will quickly re-establish the anerobic cultures and the problems will disappear.<br><br>
If the thrush problem continues, you both need to be treated for it even though only one of you show symptoms. Only treating one will almost guarantee that you will continue passing it between each other.<br><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">He should also rub plain unsweetened yogurt on the inner surfaces for several days. Yogurt has the exact same beneficial bacteria that colonizes the preputial space and the vagina and vulva. This yogurt regimine will quickly re-establish the anerobic cultures and the problems will disappear.<br><br>
If the thrush problem continues, you both need to be treated for it even though only one of you show symptoms. Only treating one will almost guarantee that you will continue passing it between each other.</div>
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The only real thing I have to add:<br>
Plain yogurt can be used as a cleanser (check in the natural living forum)... buy the big container, and don't worry if it's a week past it's "use by" date. This also means you can get the good, organic brand extremely cheap in the "almost bad" cooler at the grocery.<br><br>
Infact, just rubbing yogurt in, just like soap, and rinsing off(you can use diluted apple cider vinegar for a little extra acid balance) will inhibit bad bacteria and yeast-- here's my TMI-- I've been on a long-term antibiotic, and yogurt works on my antibiotic-induced stinky pits so well, I don't even use deodorant anymore!
 

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My dh has an odor too. He is circumcised.<br><br>
We discovered the culprit of his odor.<br><br>
This might be the case for your dh as well. But you will need to get a blood test to find out for sure.<br><br>
Dh has really high triglycerides. His LDL cholesterol is way too high and the HDL is low.<br><br>
In such a case a detox is a good idea. Eat more fruits and veggies and lay off the sugar.<br><br>
His over all natural body scent improved.<br><br>
Personally, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">mild soap</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">very little</span> of it isn't so bad. Buts thats me. I'd only support it when puberty starts, b/c nocturnal emission (sp?) or sexually active fluids should be rinsed off well.<br><br>
NO antibacterial soap! I applied AB sanitizer under my arms once and the odor my pits produced was horrendous! I'll NEVER do that again! The most effective deodorizer is a salt rock.
 

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He might be cleaing too much and thus opening himself to a yeast infection.<br><br>
If that is the case you will need to treat both yourself and him.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My dh has an odor too. He is circumcised.<br><br>
We discovered the culprit of his odor.<br><br>
This might be the case for your dh as well. But you will need to get a blood test to find out for sure.<br><br>
Dh has really high triglycerides. His LDL cholesterol is way too high and the HDL is low.<br><br>
In such a case a detox is a good idea. Eat more fruits and veggies and lay off the sugar.<br><br>
His over all natural body scent improved.<br><br>
Personally, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">mild soap</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">very little</span> of it isn't so bad. Buts thats me. I'd only support it when puberty starts, b/c nocturnal emission (sp?) or sexually active fluids should be rinsed off well.<br><br>
NO antibacterial soap! I applied AB sanitizer under my arms once and the odor my pits produced was horrendous! I'll NEVER do that again! The most effective deodorizer is a salt rock.</div>
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I think you might be on the right track. I really think it might be related to diet.
 

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Drinking lots of water will also help with body odor.<br><br>
In doing so, a person will flush out stagnant impurities that dehydration harbors.<br><br>
The old rule of thumb is to drink 8 eight ounces throughout the day.<br><br>
To be more accurate use the <a href="http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm" target="_blank">Hydration Calculator</a> to measure how much water intake your dh should drink on a daily basis.<br>
For example mine is (factoring in breastfeeding):<br><br>
97.5 oz<br>
thats 12.5 eight ounces per day/ throughout the entire day (which is fairly easy)<br>
or 2.9 liters<br><br>
Without a balanced diet its 121.9 oz or 3.7 liters<br><br>
Are you from the UK? UK uses a different measuring system than the US. If you are I'm sure someone can help you convert the math.
 

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I've read that sometimes smell can be caused by overzelous washing. I bet that antibacterial stuff would do it, kill of benificial basteria which is probably causing something else to florish.
 

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It is very important while he is treating his self that you are treating yourself as well since yeast will just jump back and forth between you and him if you dont.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've read that sometimes smell can be caused by overzelous washing. I bet that antibacterial stuff would do it, kill of benificial basteria which is probably causing something else to florish.</div>
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This is very true. Beneficial bacteria will eat odor causing bacteria.
 
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