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What is Phimosis?

Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin cannot be pulled back over the penis’s head (the glans). This occurs in almost all newborns.

It could be caused by a tighter foreskin or by scarring that makes the skin less stretchy. Infections, aging, and other conditions can also cause phimosis.

Causes

Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin isn’t able to be pulled back over the penis’s head (glans). This happens naturally in babies and toddlers, however in older boys it can result from scarring caused by an underlying skin condition or injury.

A tight foreskin may hinder urination or cause an erection that is healthy. It can also cause inflammation of the penis, referred to as balanitis foreskin, and inflammation of the glans aswell as the foreskin (called balanoposthitis).

Phimosis is more prevalent in males who are not circumcised. It could be a sign that another medical ailments are present, like diabetes or lupus sclerosis.

Some risk factors are scarring, sexually transmitted diseases and poor hygiene during the infancy and early childhood. Your child’s doctor can identify the condition by looking at the foreskin and penis of your child. Your doctor might prescribe steroids or manual retraction and/or suggest surgery to fix the issue. Circumcision could be a treatment option but this can be an incision that is invasive and has the possibility of infection and bleeding.

Symptoms

Phimosis happens when the foreskin doesn’t retract properly from the penis’ head (glans). It may develop in early childhood or later in life.

Phimosis is identified by the swelling of the skin around the foreskin or the ballooning of it when urinary. This can cause an increase in urine flow and other urinary issues, like balanitis.

Some boys are born phimosis and it tends to go away as they grow older. If symptoms persist, visit your son’s doctor.

A physical exam as well as an examination of your son’s symptoms, and an examination of the penis discharge or urine can help determine if phimosis is present. Based on how severe the phimosis is, your son could need to use antibiotics or antifungal creams.

Phimosis is characterized by the appearance of a balloon or bulge in the foreskin during urination. This causes discomfort and makes it difficult for boys to urinate.

Treatment

A child with phimosis will typically be able to treat the condition on their own, by regularly pulling back their foreskin, so that they can wash and urinate properly. If steroid creams don’t work, your physician may suggest surgery to remove the foreskin to remove the penis.

In the majority of instances, treatment for phimosis is not medically necessary especially for children under the age of. The risk of infection and complications is very low. Your healthcare provider may suggest alternative treatments, such as gentle manual retraction daily or applying a topical corticosteroid cream.

If the phimosis is creating pain or discomfort after treatment with steroid lotions, it may be required to undergo more invasive and expensive treatments like circumcision. There are many options for surgery, including complete or partial circumcision, preputialplasty, or an emergency circumcision.

The following is a list of preventatives.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid sexual phimosis. These include gently cleaning the penis daily by using mild soap, and practicing safe sexual sex.

Most babies and boys are born with a tight foreskin over the penis (glans). This is normal and not cause for concern.

Once the foreskin gets a bit older, it will usually begin to loosen and retract. This process can take a while, but it’s something that you can expect.

You should consult your son’s doctor if his skin of your child’s foreskin becomes too tight. In some instances, a special cream may suffice to improve the condition.

In other cases it is possible to have surgery. In most cases, this is known as circumcision.

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