Is phimosis a serious problem?
Phimosis can be a serious and painful condition. However, it’s treatable, and outcomes are usually very good. The key is to seek medical attention when symptoms become obvious.
What is the fastest way to cure phimosis?
You can also massage your foreskin while you’re taking a hot bath or shower. The high water temperature helps loosen the skin and makes it easier to stretch. Combine stretching in the bath with the steroid cream method to help you fully retract your foreskin sooner.
How do doctors treat phimosis?
In cases of severe or repeated balanitis or balanoposthitis, doctors may recommend treating the phimosis itself. They may prescribe steroid creams to help soften the foreskin and make it easier to retract, or surgery may be an option.
What is the main cause of phimosis?
Pathologic, or true, phimosis has several different etiologies. The most common cause is infection, such as posthitis, balanitis, or a combination of the two (balanoposthitis). Diabetes mellitus may predispose to such infections. Adult circumcision is most commonly performed to correct phimosis.
Can I live with phimosis?
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. Surgery is only rarely needed.
What happens if phimosis is not treated?
In most men, phimosis is not a serious problem and will not require treatment. However, it is not expected to improve on its own. As noted above, paraphimosis is sometimes a medical emergency, and the penis may become permanently damaged if you do not seek immediate medical attention.
What phimosis looks like?
Typically, the foreskin can be pulled back when needed. When the foreskin can’t be pulled back, this is called phimosis. When a man has phimosis, it may look like there is a tight ring around the tip of his penis. The area may be swollen and red and he might have trouble urinating.
Is pulling back foreskin necessary?
But foreskin retraction should never be forced. Until the foreskin fully separates, do not try to pull it back. Forcing the foreskin to retract before it is ready can cause severe pain, bleeding, and tears in the skin.
How painful is circumcision in adults?
Conclusions: Pain is mild to moderate after circumcision in adults under general anesthesia with an intraoperative penile block. Severe pain is rare and mostly related to complications. Younger patients generally have more discomfort.
Can phimosis be left untreated?
Risks. If you have phimosis, you are more likely to get penile cancer. If left untreated, it can lead to increased swelling, and in extreme cases, gangrene, and eventually the loss of your penis.
At what age does phimosis go away?
Phimosis is normal for the uncircumcised infant/child and usually resolves around 5-7 years of age, however the child may be older. Pathologic phimosis: Phimosis that occurs due to scarring, infection or inflammation.
Does phimosis reduce size?
Does it affect penis size? Uncircumcised (Uncut): A foreskin can make your penis look slightly bulkier when it’s flaccid. During an erection, the foreskin retracts and almost disappears, so it won’t affect how big your penis looks when it’s erect.