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    Lupus

    This is the name given to a condition that causes swelling, aching joints, headaches, skin rashes and generally feeling very tired and rundown. Read more →

    Hi I'm 48 and have a problem pulling my foreskin back when my penis is erect. The head is smaller than the shaft when it is erect and it is affecting the sensitivity during sex i thought i was circumcised when i was about 5 or 6





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    Hi! I'm a 14 year old girl, and as far I can say, I haven't had any of the aforementioned symptoms of UTI...here's the story: I went to my doctor's for a routine checkup, adn when they tested my urine sample, my doctor came back to me and asked me to do another test. So, three weeks later, I tested again, and this time, they sent it to a lab. I got a glimpse of the test order--the box checked was one for 'urinary culture and sensitivity'. On the bottom of the paper was a handwritten note that went SOMETHING like this: 'DX: ...Leukocutes'. I pressed my dad for answers, but he only said soemthing about glycerin in my urine. I looked up everything on the computer and came across UTI. Could somebody please tell me what's going on, even when nobody else will tell me? Knowing what's wrong would help me in s many ways. Thanks for reading this!





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    Around this age you should be encouraging you son to pull back his foreskin, no-one told me this until my son was 3 and the advice came from my sister (she has 2 older son's) it maybe that the end has become so tight that it has caused the usual shape.

    Hi, If you've had these symptoms for more than a few weeks, and if you've had it since you were little then you obviously have, then it's not going to be this. In your case, it sounds very likely to be a chronic immune reaction (eg: allergy, sensitivity), quite possibly to a common food. Some likely suspects are: dairy products, wheat, eggs, gluten grains. There is fairly affordable computer-testing available for sensitivity to a multitude of foods. Mainstream medicine (GPs, etc.) is not very clued-up on all this sensitivity stuff yet, and tends to be not a lot of help. I have been coping with food-sensitivities in myself and other family members for over 25 years. All the best!

    Hi Joe. Good news that you can pull it back when soft. The strip of skin underneath called the Frenulum does look a bit scary - this is typical so don't worry. The sensitivity that you feel is also normal and it will get less over time. What you need to do now is to start pulling back your foreskin when erect to stretch it more. Do it a little bit at a time when you take a warm bath as it softens the skin and makes it easier. Eventually it will go all the way back and forward easily. The penis is a sensitive area in general but the sensitivity and pain will get less the more you use it. I hope this helps.

    dont worry to much about the sensitivity, if you keep pulling back a couple of times a day that should go pretty quickly

    i had the same problem (im fourteen by the way) by using daily stretches the foreskin will become looser and will soon be fine to pull back, i had the same sensitivity on the tip of the penis but that soon goes as well.

    Thank you! My son is now 12 and when I tried to get help the psychologists in York said, "What do you expect us to do about it?", needless to say I showed them the door and went my own way. This was much the same as the programme showed - we have had taste tests and gradually over the years increased his food range and he is managing the cookery lessons at school okay too! Small, slow steps and vitamin supplement is all I can really say - it'll get better, but don't expect miracles! He still has an aversion to getting dirty/sand/bright sunlight/my cooking smells but is miles better than he was at 5, at 8 etc and no one else really notices - he has plenty of friends and they accept him as he is. He even managed a school trip away for a few days - something I never previously though possible!! Don't stress, don't fuss (well not in front of them) too much and try to be relaxed and patient





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    Sarah, thank you for your reassurance. My son is 8 and all health professionals just think he is a fussy eater!! Not sure if he is hypersensitive, but he seems to be genuinely terrified of touching/eating fruit and won't try anything new, but it's good to know he's not the only one!He is now getting to the stage though that he won't go near us or anyone else eating fruit and it is affecting his school life. Have tried the touch, feel, kiss,lick, etc approach (Tania Bryers - v helpful) which worked for veg, but am at a loss now. Any ideas?

    Hi Ryan. Thanks for getting back to us. The sensitivity is normal and you'll get used to it after a while. Just keep pulling it back as often as you want and always when you wash so you can keep the head clean. Keep up the stretching when you are erect so that it loosens up more and moves more freely. Take care...you know how to find us if you need to.

    My actual erection size is very big n bold but tight foreskin is nt letting my penis to grow more and show its boldness. After exercising fr so long, my sensitivity of forehead has decreased too...which is gud ... But foreskin is supressing.

    Right...you are only thinking about circumcision and such because you must have been reading/looking at stuff on the web. Your penis head will be sensitive as it's been covered all your life by the foreskin. You'll know from masturbation that the sensitivity makes it exciting. So keep your penis clean as best you can but don't force it back. Take some nice warm baths and over time it should move easier. You'll be OK dude.

    I'm 14 years of age and not been circumcised, My foreskin doesn't pull back I thinking this is due to my Fendulum? im starting to get worried for Future sex/Oral etc, also my Penis head is very sensitive. I was thinking of getting a Circumcision to make life alot easier, but then im scared about the sensitivity etc? Im embarrassed to talk to my parents and need your help.





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    Right...you are only thinking about circumcision and such because you must have been reading/looking at stuff on the web. Your penis head will be sensitive as it's been covered all your life by the foreskin. You'll know from masturbation that the sensitivity makes it exciting. So keep your penis clean as best you can but don't force it back. Take some nice warm baths and over time it should move easier. You'll be OK dude.

    Hello.my penis is quite small. But when soft i do manage to pull the foreskin back behind the whole head,but then tthe strip of skin behind the head is all purple and horrible looking. Then the round edges of the head are really sensitive and give a painful shocking feeling that I dislike. What do i do? Im considering trying to stretch my foreskin manually. But will that help the pain and sensitivity of the head?





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    Hi Joe. Good news that you can pull it back when soft. The strip of skin underneath called the Frenulum does look a bit scary - this is typical so don't worry. The sensitivity that you feel is also normal and it will get less over time. What you need to do now is to start pulling back your foreskin when erect to stretch it more. Do it a little bit at a time when you take a warm bath as it softens the skin and makes it easier. Eventually it will go all the way back and forward easily. The penis is a sensitive area in general but the sensitivity and pain will get less the more you use it. I hope this helps.

    Its Joe again. How long would it take for my foreskin to stretch enough so i can pull it back properly when erect?

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    Jake I remember the exact same thing when I was at secondary school. I remember the first time I peeled back the foreskin fully and it was painful and there was a layer of smeg! Ouch was it hard to clean as it was stupidly sensitive. Don't worry mate take your time and wash it with warm water. Make sure you rinse any soap away before covering head (of penis) again. The sensitivity will calm down so you are quite normal.

    Sadly, it is not true that everything works better when circumcised. Over time, as the head rubs against the underwear, it dries out, scabs over, and loses sensitivity. This makes sex simply the satisfaction of an urge, not the refined sensual experience it is supposed to be. Multiple male orgasms are much easier in men who have not been circumcised. Women who have circumcised partners complain of pain and dryness during sex much more, and are much more likely to refuse sex altogether. The foreskin holds in lubrication, preventing this pain and dryness that is so common.

    Hi mate. I was recently in a very similar situation to you. Go to your GP and asked to be checked out - don't worry about being embarrased, they've put up with a lot more disgusting stuff than your penis! The chances are, they'll either give you a cream to try out first to loosen the foreskin, and then recommend you get circumcised if that doesn't work. Others may just jump straight to the circumcision - which honestly, isn't as bad as it sounds! I was circumcised about 8 months ago, and whilst its sensitive (not exactly painful) for a few days, there's no long lasting issues. Despite common rumours: You CAN still masturbate, you DON'T lose sensitivity and it DOESN'T look "deformed" as some ignorant people describe. Heck, if you ask me, it's a lot better: Easier to clean, looks better and obviously you don't have the issue you're describing! Best of luck mate, and don't let it get you down!

    Hi Helene, my son is now 16, born with bi-lateral talipes, Jack started with plaster casts at days old, changed weekly until he was 10 months, when he went in for his first surgery (Tenotomy). Jack has worn 'special' shoes all of his life until the past couple of years. 18 months ago he had his second fusion operation (after a large lump of bone had been removed!!). He is still wearing insoles, (went to Orthotist this am!).He is an amazing swimmer and wonderful person; his walk is much better since his last operation. My major disappointment is when we asked his surgeon about Ponsetti when Jack was still young the surgeon dismissed this suggestion as if we were stupid, said it hadn't been proven.... Please remain positive, Jack has been able to do 10 Tors, Duke of Edinburgh and is active in Army Cadets. This is definitely not an embarrassing issue, and needs to be treated with sensitivity and respect

    Hi hun sorry for all you're troubles. My kids have had them and this is what I've done first tea tree oil all over the head with some olive oil mixed in the a plastic bag or cap and either leave it on all night or for 4 hours depending on you're sensitivity to the tea tree oil. Then I rinse this out with dandruff shampoo that has salicylic acid then apply original listerine (amber colored one it has the highest alcohol content). Leave on for at least 2 hours with a bag or plastic cap. Then after 2 hours rinse out with dandruff shampoo. Then apply vinegar comb entire head with lice comb the vinegar removes nit or eggs very well. After this I apply a little more vinegar cover head with plastic cap leave on for 3 hours. Then rinse out with dandruff shampoo and apply a coconut conditioner that smells highly of coconut. After you've rinsed all of this off dry you're hair with a hair dryer with a diffuser on the end. Then because my daughter had long hair I would use a straightening iron and run it thru each section of hair. Now I would either wash all bedding in very hot water or if it's delicate and not possible i would close you're door and stay out of you're room or house if possible for 48 hours to be sure. Oh yeah all combs and hair tee's in the freezer for at least 2 days. Now how to prevent reinfestation use a dandruff shampoo daily or tea tree oil shampoo daily they hate the smell of both then i would continue to use coconut conditioner they hate the smell of that. Also it sounds like maybe you keep getting from friends or classmates either inform them to do the same treatment or keep you're hair up in a pony tail or bun would be even better and hair spray all over entire hair lice hate hair spray as well. Hope this helps. And don't feel bad you're not dirty because you get lice lice like clean hair more than dirty hair. Also I forgot to say to be on the safe side I would repeat the above process after 10 days.

    I am a 17 year old female and I have worries of this condition. I found out about it while looking at a page about about nails and one of the things it said was if the skin around your nails becomes red and itchy from stress and other things which I do get and have never thought about, to I went on to the boots medical page and read the symptoms terrifyingly Match things I have and have never linked. I have never been tested for anything like this so I was wondering if it was time to see my doctor. *muscle aches and pains: Quite often *Permanent rash over cheeks: It's not as bad as some pictures but very comparable its like thick red leather over cheeks and redness over nose I've tried scrubbing it off, every moisturizer and make up doesn't cover it only makes it look more flaky even in pictures when I was a baby you can see the raw redness on my cheeks *Extreme fatigue and weakness: Very often I just feel like I cant move out even if i've had 12 hours good sleep a while later I cant move or keep my eyes open while my mind is awake my body's fast asleep * Increased risk of miscarriage: Doesn't apply too young Rashes from sunlight/UV light: Since I was a baby the doctor always said it was eczema Flu-like symptoms and/or night sweats: Not so much night sweets but flu like symptoms my attendance in school has always been very low due to feeling ill Weight gain or loss Hard to tell I've been very thin and very fat my apatite goes for long periods of time Inflammation of the tissues covering internal organs with associated chest and/or abdominal pain: Yes severer pain on both sides of my chest left side feels like it is my heart right side feels like someone is digging a knife in my ribs just under my breast at any time from trying to sleep or in the afternoon, the doctor said it was stress then we went another time indigestion which I really disbelieving (I would like to add my doctor is really bad, hes rejected my mother pain medication when she has cervical spondylitis and needs to take her meds every day "stopping and starting could kill her" judge at her disability tribunal stated. and when I developed Quincy he said it was a sore though and a week later I was rushed to A&E) Seizures, mental illness or other cerebral problems: Quite a few from severe depression in process of being diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, ODD, ADD, slight aspergers, stress disorders, night terrors, dyslexia and loads of others (NUT CASE) Headaches, migraine: Now and then for no reason I've had one most of today Kidney problems: never been tested Oral/nasal ulcers: not really Hair loss: not completely but it does get scary I have thick hair but at times it comes out alot Depression: very often Haematological disorders including anaemia: I haven't been tested but as soon as I get blood taken I feel sick light headed and week for over an hour or so I don't mind needles and have food in my tum Swollen glands: don't think so Fever: Since I was a very young child I used to end up in hospital because they would go through the roof and make me hallucinate *Raynaud's phenomenon: when I get stresses I noticed my fingers get irritated and itch and become a bit puffy Any help please I know it is alot but I am really worried most of the symptoms I have had longer then I remember and really want to get it sorted my skin really bothers me as I am 17 and want to become a make up artist and getting flawless skin is impossible and really drags me down.





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    I have bedwetted until my pre teens I think. This is for all those kids who have to go through that... For most that stops around puberty for some reason. It has had a huge impact on my personality I think. And fortunately it's not all bad! I think I have become much smarter, independent and stronger from that. I also understand others better (empathy). On the down side, I have probably become too shy for personal matters (strangely not for everything), and a little aloof. Always try to be aware of your personality, and correct what is wrong with your character. I believe that for many, the biggest reason for bed wetting is psycho-somatic: I mean stress and anxiety causes it. For me maybe it was triggered by my parents fighting and separating, or the immaginary monsters roaming around my bed at night. At first I did not understand what was going on with my parents but I felt it. Then peeing gets worst as you develop fear of being discovered by your friends, and your family gets tired or it and get annoyed at you. Then you start to feel different, rejected, unable to do some of the social activities like camp, sleepovers... So it feeds into your stress. All the physical solutions seem to be bad: diapers and plastic beds are demeaning, the cold wetness, alarms stressful, and don't work, all feel like punishments... I say just go to the bathroom before bed and let it happen. If you feel like you're gonna pee, force yourself to wake up and go instead of dreaming of peeing. The best solution is to build self worth: Find out what really troubles you: Can you fix it? Can others fix it? Can you accept it and grow past it? You need to ride a positive train to get out of it. Positive reinforcement is needed so your subconscious becomes more happy than sad. Celebrate every time you don't wet until it stops forever. For starters, just be happy that wetting will go away, and it's not that big a deal after all. I know when you're in the middle of it, it feels like the worst thing, but make an honest effort to look at what it is. Compare it to being paralized, or even being very ugly, or stupid. Which is worst? Which one looses the most? And can all of those be overcome? Yes, all of them: Look at Superman/Keanu Reeves! You must find solutions yourself that will help you, but never fool yourself either. Always be honest with yourself. Help your parents and friends help you. If they get angry then they are wrong and making you feel bad won't help. Talk to the doctor, maybe you're lucky and it's just an infection or sensitivity that can be treated. Or maybe he's smart enough to tell your parents how to help you. As for sleepovers... It's ok when you're small kid, and your parents and your friend's parents talk and you can wear nappys that are not too obvious. But when you're a pre-teen it's harder: we all like to gang up and point out other people's weakness... So even a good friend can make a mistake and become very mean. So expose your weakness only to the friends you can trust the most. That's where you have to be honest with yourself and make decisions and weight the risks and the consequences. I think perfect people who never have to go through any problem like this become weak and boring, and their life and friends will suck. As you grow older you will see wetting was such a small problem after all, because it doesn't impact most of your life, and you will discover much bigger problems and fantastic joys, great fun. A roller coaster is fun because it goes up and down. The bigger the ups and downs, the more exiting the ride! Heck I even forgot about that part of my past until I came across this topic and some of the kid's concerns posted here. I sympathize. Great website.





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