What is Phimosis?

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The condition affects uncircumcised males and young boys. It can be acquired (through infection, tears or scarring on the foreskin and the glans) or occur naturally.

Most boys will resolve phimosis on their own before puberty begins. In some instances it is necessary to treat pain or a tense foreskin.


Phimosis is a common condition in which the penis’s foreskin gets too tight to pull back. This can result in pain and difficult for a male to be able to pass urine or have sexual relations.

This condition can manifest at any age, but is most common in newborns. If it occurs, a physician can often diagnose the condition by an examination and examination of the symptoms.

There are many treatment options for phimosis. The treatment usually starts with steroid lotions that relax the skin of the foreskin.

In some cases it is necessary to undergo surgery. Surgery is a possibility when the condition isn’t likely to improve on its own, if symptoms are severe, or if there is scarring or damage in the foreskin. Surgical intervention is usually done when balanitis is xerotic obliterans (BXO) is present and the creams for steroid therapy are no longer effective, or in the case of an infection of the foreskin which isn’t improving through the use of steroids.

Signs and symptoms

The foreskin isn’t able to pull back over the penis. This is common among infants and toddlers who aren’t circumcised. It usually goes away at the age of 3.

It can be difficult to urinate when the foreskin is too tight or doesn’t retract when pulled. It could also increase the risk of developing balanitis, an inflammation of the glans.

It can be treated with good hygiene or a cream or ointment that helps the skin to become looser. Avoid soaps and detergents which can cause irritation to your penis.

In certain boys, phimosis could be caused by scarring or infection. This is known as pathological Phimosis. It’s not common but it can occur to those who have suffered multiple infections or tears in the foreskin. It’s associated with sexually transmitted infections, so it’s essential to see your doctor if you have this.


Phimosis is usually diagnosed with physical examination and a examination of the patient’s symptoms. The doctor will inquire about the person’s medical history and family history, including prior injuries or infections to the penis.

A urine test or swab test might be ordered to determine if there is an infection in the penis or glans, which could be the result of fungal or bacterial infections. The treatment is by using antifungal and antibiotic creams and ointments.

The condition will often improve as the foreskin gets looser. If the foreskin remains too tight by the age of 3, a steroid can be used to loosen the adhesive band that prevents the foreskin from retraction. If this does not work, the procedure of circumcision is recommended. Circumcision is a popular procedure for older men and can help alleviate the discomfort of phimosis. It also reduces the risk of urinary tract issues and penile cancer.


There are certain things to prevent phimosis. One of them is to practice good hygiene. Cleaning your penis with warm water and your foreskin gently every day can help avoid irritation or infection.

Castor oil is another option you can use to help lubricate the penis. This will make retracting the foreskin and reduce scar tissue growth.

If you have a penis that is circumcised, you can be sure to maintain good hygiene and pull your foreskin after having sex or when you wash yourself. This will allow you to get rid of smegma which is a thick substance under your unretractable foreskin.

If you notice that the genital area of your genitals are dark or even blue This could be due to a lack of blood flow. This could indicate that you may have paraphimosis. It can be painful and require emergency medical treatment. Your doctor might make a circumcision, or a small incision, based on the severity.


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