Get Professional Help for Tight Foreskin Issues

Get Professional Help for Tight Foreskin Issues
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Abdelmajeed Saad and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

A few days ago, I had a burning sensation while urinating. Although it went away, my foreskin has now become very tight, and I can't retract it fully. This is causing me discomfort and worry. Could you please explain what might be happening and what I should do next?



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Based on your description, it sounds like you are experiencing a condition known as phimosis. Phimosis is characterized by a tight or constricted foreskin that cannot be fully retracted over the head of the penis. This condition can occur at any age but is most common in babies and young boys. However, it can also develop in adults due to various factors. Phimosis can be caused by several reasons, including infections, inflammation, or scarring of the foreskin. These issues can result from poor hygiene, repeated infections, or injuries to the foreskin. The burning sensation you initially experienced while urinating could have been a symptom of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or another type of infection affecting the foreskin and penis. Such infections can lead to inflammation and scarring, which may cause the foreskin to tighten over time. The symptoms of phimosis can vary, but common signs include swelling, tenderness, and pain when urinating. You might also notice a weak urine stream, blood in the urine, or difficulty retracting the foreskin. In some cases, phimosis can make it challenging to clean beneath the foreskin, leading to further infections and complications. Treatment options for phimosis depend on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. For mild cases, topical steroid creams can be applied to the foreskin to help reduce inflammation and improve its elasticity. If an infection is present, antibiotics may be prescribed to clear up the infection. In more severe cases, surgical intervention might be necessary to widen the foreskin opening or to remove the foreskin entirely (a procedure known as circumcision). I highly recommend seeing a doctor as soon as possible to get a proper diagnosis and to start the appropriate treatment. Phimosis can lead to more serious complications if left untreated, including difficulty urinating, increased risk of infections, and potential damage to the penis. A doctor will be able to determine the exact cause of your condition and provide a tailored treatment plan to address your specific needs.



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