Common "Phimosis" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin of the penis is tight and cannot be pulled back. It is normal in uncircumcised boys, but resolves with age. It is of concern if there is pain and swelling during urination or erection. If an infection develops, it is advisable to consult a urologist. The doctor may treat it with a steroid cream or may suggest going for a circumcision.

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My son got circumcised six months ago. His penis has two color tones now. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor, My son got circumcised six months ago. I am not sure if everything is fine. His penis now has two color tones. I worry the circumcision was done too tight. How to check if everything is fine? Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your first query consult is on us! I would like you to help me with a few details: 1. How old is your son? 2. Why was he circumcised? Was it because of phimosis (a condition where the foreskin is tight and can not be pulled back), an infection, or religious reason...  Read Full »

I have red cuts and ulcers on my glans penis after applying a cream for tight foreskin. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I had a tight foreskin, I was able to pull it back with my hand and get it to rest, but pulling it gave me a very minor pain. I searched on the internet and applied a cream to my glans after two weeks my glans has red cuts or ulcers. I do not know what is it. Please help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If you are experiencing red cuts or ulcers on your glans (the head of the penis), it is essential to seek medical attention from a healthcare professional or a urologist. They will be able to evaluate your condition, provide an accurate ...  Read Full »

Why do I have white pores under the foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20 years old man. I think I have had phimosis since childhood, and I was not able to retract the foreskin of my penis behind its back. However, I never had any problem while urinating or ejaculating. I also have little white pores under my foreskin, but most importantly, I do n...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I have reviewed the image you shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Your condition is caused by phimosis which is a tight foreskin. Therefore, I suggest you use steroidal cream like Betnovate (Be...  Read Full »

How to retract the foreskin for masturbation if I have phimosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old, and I do not know if the frenulum on my penis should have detached from the head by now. I am very worried and want to retract the foreskin fully when masturbating. I also have phimosis. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Junaid Nabi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Phimosis means tight foreskin. In this condition, the foreskin may not be moving freely. There are two ways to treat it; one is medical, and the other is surgical. I will suggest medical treatment. First, pull down the foreskin as down as possible and apply Betamethaso...  Read Full »

My penile foreskin is tight. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, The foreskin is large and tight and I have never retracted to the tip of the penis or glans since birth. I wanted to check if there is a non-surgical procedure to see the tip of the penis or glans.  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to This is phimosis, and medical treatment with steroidal gel is the first line of treatment. You can use Betnovate (Betamethasone Valerate) cream and apply it twice daily for six weeks. Start gradual retraction after two weeks till full retraction in six weeks. If th...  Read Full »

Why am I unable to retract the itchy foreskin?

Query: Hi doctor,The tip of my foreskin has been itching for the past few days, and I cannot retract it. As a result, I feel pain and discomfort during erection. This issue happened to me when I was 19 years old. Is it phimosis or infection? Kindly prescribe me medications.  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi,Welcome to symptoms are suggestive of fungal infection. It occurs due to sexual contact or using public toilets. I suggest applying Canesten cream (Clotrimazole) thrice daily for a week (consult with a doctor, talk with him or her and use medicines with their consent).  Read Full »

I have balanitis and phimosis. Do I have a micropenis?

Query: Hello doctor, I consulted a doctor for the rashes on my penis and was diagnosed with balanitis and phimosis even though I was circumcised. The doctor suggested consulting an endocrinologist as she suspected I had a micropenis. The length of my fully erect penis is 3 inches. Is this considered a mic...  Read Full »

Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You do not have phimosis. Usually, uncircumcised people only get phimosis. I can see the entire glans in one of the pictures you sent, so there is no chance of phimosis (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Penis length in adults is more to do with ...  Read Full »

I think I have phimosis. Will it cause a problem during sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have phimosis. I am unable to retract my foreskin completely. At maximum, while backing it up, I can only see the tip of a diameter of 0.78 to 1.18 inches. I can masturbate without any issue, slow or fast, no issue. I am just worried about my sexual intercourse. Will that lea...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, that is phimosis, and treatment requires Hydrocortisone cream to be applied twice daily for six weeks. After two weeks, you can gradually start retraction and complete retraction until after six weeks. The cream's name is Betnovate (Betamethasone), and it is wid...  Read Full »

How to ease difficulty retracting the penile foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor,I am almost 18 years old and I have been experiencing difficulty in retracting my foreskin. I am unable to retract it beyond the tip of the penis, even in an erected state. I have not had any pain or discomfort yet. I have taken pictures of my penis in its natural state, with the foresk...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your symptom, you may be suffering from phimosis. If there is pain, you can use ointment Lobate GM Neo (Clobetasol and Miconazole) for local application and tablet Zerodol P (Serropeptidase, Paracetamol and Aceclofenac) for pain...  Read Full »

I have discoloration and spots in the glans. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, As a kid, I suffered from phimosis. I had circumcision five years back. It was complicated as my foreskin was stuck to the sides of my glans and the surgeon had to cut the skin to expose the glans from the sides. After that, it took almost one to one and a half years for my skin to rec...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I could see the Rx (prescription) and pictures. The brownish spots to some extent could be normal but the redness is not. I could see that your doctor has made a diagnosis of Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). Steroids are the mainstay of trea...  Read Full »

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