Phimosis

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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Why am I unable to retract my foreskin?

Query: I am 5"9 ' and weigh 70kgs and on no medication. I can retract my foreskin fully when flaccid , but when penis is fully erect , my foreskin when pulled back gets struck behind the head. It neither goes back nor forth. I have to wait for it to become flaccid to retract the foreskin back. Please sugge...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

General Practitioner, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Dear, Thank you for getting in touch with me. I read very carefully what is concerning you. It is called an “incomplete phimosis”. I can totally understand that you’re worried, but I can reassure you that many men have this condition. Normally it is only treated if it causes yo...  Read Full »

Why is there pain in my foreskin when pulled back during erection?

Query: Hi doctor, When I pull my foreskin back during erection, it is very irritating, sometimes to the point of being painful. Can you help me with that?  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from foreskin being painful and irritating during an erection. Such conditions may result from balanitis, trauma, persistent erection or priapism, Peyronie's disea...  Read Full »

Why is there pain in the foreskin during erection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old male of height 5.7 feet and weight 115 lbs. I have a problem with my foreskin during erection. I have this problem for about a month, and there is pain during erection.  Read Full »


Dr. Vaibhav

Urologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would have ideally liked to have little more detail regarding the type of problem and its duration. Considering that you have written there is a pain when it is erect; there are two possible causes of pain in the erect penis that is related to foreskin: 1. Short fre...  Read Full »

How is phimosis treated?

Query: I am a 27 year old male that has never been particularly sexually active so have never realised, but I believe I may have Penile Phimosis. Whilst it never causes me any pain naturally, after reading that you should be able to pull the foreskin below the head of the penis, Ive realised that I have n...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

General Practitioner, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Dear, I hope you feel well. You are right, you should be able to pull your foreskin below the glans (upper part of the penis). So yes, you do have a phimosis. It needs to be treated to make sure you can function sexually normally also in the future. What is more, with a phimosis you are at higher ...  Read Full »

What could cause white spots on the penile tip with inability to retract the skin?

Query: Hello doctor,I have observed white spots on the tip of my penis in the last few months. I do not have any pain or discomfort. However, I am unable to pull my penis skin backward for the last few months. Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Ankush Jairath

Urologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Any history of unprotected sex with a new partner in the recent past? Any history of diabetes or hypertension or any medications? Can you please upload the picture depicting the white spot for proper diagnosis and treatment advice?  Read Full »

My son's penis tip is very narrow. How to correct that?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2 year old son's penis tip has a very narrow opening. The foreskin at the bottom part is quite flexible, but it seems to be attached to the inner meatus at the tip. When I try to pull back the foreskin for cleaning gently, the inner meatus is hardly visible. Earlier, he used to have b...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This phenomenon is known as phimosis. Most of the time, steroid ointment that you have applied will help. In your case, it has helped. So, do not worry even if the opening is small as long as there is no ballooning of the prepuce. You can get a circumci...  Read Full »

Why is the opening of my penis not at the tip?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 27 years old, and I have an embarrassing problem with my penis. The opening of my penis, from where the urine comes out is not at the tip, and it is slightly lower. I am still a virgin. Will it be a problem for my sex life? Is it a major problem?  Read Full »


Dr. Devendra

Urologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Good that you have come out with your issue. This is called hypospadias. But from your description, it appears subcoronal, that is, it is not very severe, as you can manage your stream. Kindly share a picture of your erect penis from the side and below, to see the...  Read Full »

What causes swollen and red foreskin with white discharge?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 33 years old, and I am suffering from swollen and red foreskin. I also discharge some white particles both on the foreskin and beneath it, and I am unable to pull back my foreskin, and sometimes it turns red. This has been ongoing for over six months now. I consulted a urologist who...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry; I will help you with your concern. From history, it seems you have developed candidal balanitis (inflammation of the head of the penis) with phimosis (tight foreskin). You have a fungal infection, so antibiotics will not work. Since you have swelling, ...  Read Full »

Why is my foreskin so tight?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. My foreskin is tight and it is difficult and hurts to pull back my skin off the head when erect but goes back with less effort when not erect. How can I loosen my foreskin at home?  Read Full »


Dr. Nidhin Mohan

Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Home-based treatment methods for tight foreskin (phimosis) are not recommended. Easy treatment is circumcision meaning foreskin is removed. It is a simple and safe procedure done as a day care procedure. It does not require admission also. For more information cons...  Read Full »

I have hard lump under the penis shaft. Is it smegma?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old male. My height is 6 feet and weight is 84 kg. My medical history includes psoriasis, hyperuricemia and essential primary hypertension. I am taking Cilacar 10 mg (Cilnidipine) one tablet daily after dinner at 9 PM for hypertension. For psoriasis I am applying Propygenta...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivekanandan G

Andrologist, Urologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I think the lumps that you able to feel are nothing but smegmoliths. These are nothing but concretions of smegma, if not cleaned for a long time. Are you able to retract your foreskin completely? If you cannot, then you may be having phimosis, which can be m...  Read Full »

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