Tight Foreskin

The condition where the skin covering the glans penis (foreskin) becomes tight and cannot be pulled over is called phimosis. The symptoms seen are pain, swelling, and difficulty urinating. It can be congenital or can be caused by infections like balanitis, balanoposthitis, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, lichen planus, eczema, and psoriasis.

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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 »

Penetration is difficult due to tight foreskin. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old married male. My foreskin is too tight and I do not feel comfortable while having sex. Penetration is becoming a problem. I want to speak to a urologist to get some perspective on this.  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Phimosis can be a disturbing problem for many people and it is a treatable problem. Treatment depends on response and ranging from medications to surgical options. Usually, phimosis is primary, means it is from childhood, and depends on the severity it takes time to res...  Read Full »

How should I retract my tight foreskin?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 16 years old, and I weigh around 55 kg. While masturbation, I have never tried pulling back my foreskin, but gradually I got to know about pulling it back. I tried it pulling back with the help of oil. But while it is erect, I am scared what if foreskin will not come to its origina...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tight foreskin is a common problem. If you have never pulled it back before, you might find tightness to pull it back especially in erected penis. What you need to do is to apply oil preferably olive oil as a lubricant when you masturbate. Do not pull in flaccid penis...  Read Full »

Excessive foreskin is tight and not retracting while erection. How to fix these issues?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old and worried about my penis. The frenulum does not seem to be attached to the underside of the head but it is attached more to the tip around the urethra. Also, I think I have excessive foreskin as when it is nonerect, it scrunches up more than it should at the tip. It ...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. That attachment of frenulum to the tip around the urethra that can be a variation of normal. The main problem is the retraction of the foreskin which is difficult unless you use a lubricant. That is considered a mild degree of phimosis. Phimosis can be severe and fores...  Read Full »

What is the white residue under the foreskin of penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old and currently doing foreskin stretching exercises every day to loosen up my foreskin while taking bath. I always use virgin coconut oil when I stretch and at the end of the day I use Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05% twice each day. I wash my glans with water only and wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Noted the pictures you attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have done a great job doing retraction using steroid cream. This course using cream is to be done for six weeks. You need to retract the foreskin to back completely and clean all w...  Read Full »

Why do I get tickling and itchy sensation on my foreskin while I pull back my foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor, I had this problem for three to four months when I pull back my foreskin it feels strain and kind of ticklish and itchy. I have been to the doctor and they just gave me Pevisone and it did not work. There is also a little white substance on the penis head. I do not know if it is smegma...  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Jairath


Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Are you a diabetic or hypertensive? Have you ever tried oral medications for this? If yes, then which one? Do you have any urinary complaints like frequency, urgency, poor stream, nocturia, dribbling, burning micturation? Do you have any history of unprotected sex wi...  Read Full »

What can my husband not pull his foreskin to its position after he pulled it back to urinate?

Query: Hi Doctor My husband is having pain in penis head. The foreskin got backwards and now it not coming back to original form and not covering head of penis. Yesterday when my husband was urinating, he tried pulling foreskin and it went backwards, after that it not coming to front. Before also, he was ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aamir Muhamed

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, It looks like your husband is suffering from a condition called phimosis. Phimosis is a condition in which the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the head or glans of the penis. Now this can happen due to a number of reasons, and can be diagnosed only after examination. This usual...  Read Full »

How to treat balanitis in a diabetic person?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 63-year-old male. I am having balanitis. I am a diabetic taking the following medicines. Novostat CV 10, Optidoz, Glimisave max forte 1 two tablets daily, Fourts B and HCQs 200 for RA factor. I have no bad habits and stopped sex two years back due to health reasons. Upon medical a...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your complaints. I would suggest you to carry out complete blood count to rule out infection which will be reflected by increased total leukocyte count or increased neutrophils. Also, carry out urine examination and random blood glucose to rule out ...  Read Full »

What should be done for white smegma on penis head with rough foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor, I have observed a white smegma on my penis head. There were irritation and red bumps on it before, but I oiled it so now I do not have any pain or irritation. But in the morning the white smegma is still there and my foreskin is hard and rough. What should I do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Praveen Pushkar

Urologist, Andrologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your foreskin is hard and rough you may get benefit from removing the foreskin i.e. circumcision. I suggest you show it to the urologist nearby and get it done.  Read Full »

My foreskin does not retract during intercourse and masturbation. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had oral sex three weeks ago. That day also I faced the same issue i.e I was unable to retract or pull back my foreskin completely, it took like three to four days to get to normal. Two days ago I masturbated and again facing the same issue i.e unable to retract the foreskin complet...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh S Pandya


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your attachment. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The foreskin opening appears to be slightly narrow due to which you are not able to pull up the foreskin easily. This may need some lubrication like KY jelly or coconut oil before pulling u...  Read Full »

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