Phimosis describes a condition in which the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the head or glans of the penis. Most uncircumcised babies and toddlers will have phimosis, meaning the foreskin cannot be retracted. This is because the glans and the foreskin remain connected for the first few years of life. In adults, there are a number of risk factors and causes of phimosis, though it only tends to be a problem if it causes symptoms. In this article, we take a look at the causes of this condition, along with what can be used to treat it when symptoms occur.
What is phimosis?
How to Stretch Foreskin to Treat Painful Phimosis
Back to Health A to Z. Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the head of the penis glans. Phimosis is normal in babies and toddlers, but in older children it may be the result of a skin condition that has caused scarring. It isn't usually a problem unless it causes symptoms. Immediate treatment is needed in cases where phimosis causes problems such as difficulty urinating. Most uncircumcised baby boys have a foreskin that won't pull back retract because it's still attached to the glans.
Phimosis and Paraphimosis
NCBI Bookshelf. Phimosis usually goes away on its own within the first few years of a child's life. If it causes problems — for instance, when urinating peeing — it may need to be treated. Using a special cream is often enough.
Phimosis is a common and relatively normal condition in babies and young children until around 7 years old. But if phimosis results in swelling , redness , irritation, or trouble peeing from the foreskin squeezing the head of the penis, you may need treatment for the underlying cause. Before you try stretching your foreskin, keep the following in mind:.