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Strong foul smell from semen, causes. Treatment ?

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just wondering why my seaman smells bad and reaaly strong and if there is any way to stop it from smelling?
Posted Tue, 8 May 2012 in Men Sexual Problems
 
 
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 23 minutes later
Hello,

Thanks for posting your query. Normal semen has a chlorine like smell. If there is any bad or foul odor coming from the semen or there is any change in the consistency or color of semen then it indicates infection. This infection can be due to urethritis, prostatitis, balanitis (infection of the foreskin) or epidiymitis ( less likely if there is no redness or inflammation of testicles).

You should consult your primary care doctor and get a culture swab of the urethra and semen done to rule out any infection. Till that time, retract the foreskin daily and soak in warm water to clean penis and foreskin. Wear cotton clothes and use as mild soap like Cetaphil for cleaning the penis.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.




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Follow-up: Strong foul smell from semen, causes. Treatment ? 6 hours later
i am circumcised and have been to the doctor to see if have an infection and they say i dont but i had more good bacteria than i should and to use just normal soap when washing but this has not helped either. any other suggestions?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 8 hours later
Hello,

Sometimes the smell of secretions from the body like sweat, urine and semen are effected by intake of certain foods like asparagus or broccoli and intake of medications. If you are having intake of these foods, then sometimes controlling these foods may help with the smell.

However, sometimes there is overgrowth of bacteria which are the normal flora of the skin/ secretions and this may also cause a foul smell. In such a case, treatment will include an appropriate antibiotic or antifungal medication. In addition, it is important to avoid strong soaps or chemicals, especially those known to cause a skin reaction.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.
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