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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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My foreskin is dry and too tight to retract. I also have a foul smell from my penis. Kindly guide me on what it could be.

Query: Hello doctor,My foreskin is felt dry for a while but is now at a point where the skin is cracking with scabs, also a smell coming from the penis, the foreskin is too tight to retract. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Can you kindly answer the following that will help me guide you further? 1. Any history of unprotected high-risk sexual intercourse? 2. Any history of diabetes or prolonged antibiotic intake? 3. Any pain or discharge? Kind...  Read Full »

I have a few issues with my penis after circumcision. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 25 years old male, unmarried. Recently, I had a circumcision (seven weeks back) surgery because of phimosis. The foreskin was removed till above the ring of my penis head. During sleep or when it is erected, the skin is automatically moving below the ring and automatically comes ba...  Read Full »


Dr. Khant Shahil Ramesh Bhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Relax and do not worry. After circumcision, you will not have any skin on your penis head. If you pull also, it will go back to the ring of the penis head. So, that is normal. Also, as penis head is a sensitive structure, you will have a feeling of dryness for some wee...  Read Full »

I have a small penis size and difficulty retracting the foreskin. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am single. I hope I do not have any problems with my penis, but unfortunately, my penis size is very small. Additionally, my foreskin appears to be excessive, making it difficult for me to retract the penis tip unless I am fully erect. In the past few months, I have been unable to ma...  Read Full »


Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. Your concerns may be related to stress or anxiety, so it is important to relax and exercise regularly. Taking any medication or nutritional supplements regularly might have side effects that contribute to the issue...  Read Full »

Foreskin covering the penis is very intact and does not retract. Is this phimosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I am afraid that I might be suffering from phimosis. My foreskin is too intact that it covers the whole penis, without retracting even during the time of erection. There is no problem while erection, masturbation or urinating. It is just that my foreskin is to...  Read Full »


Dr. Saurabh Subhash Pandya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can try to retract foreskin daily during bathing, a little more every day. If this does not work or is painful, better get a circumcision done. This will ensure there is no problem during intercourse. It is a small surgery done by urologist or surgeon.   Read Full »

I have phimosis and a bump on my penis. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have phimosis and a bump on my penis. I am worried that I will get cancer, and want to know the symptoms of that. I chose a foreskin stretching ring to expand the skin for phimosis. Is this the best treatment for it? Also, if my penis is erect, it is difficult to pull back. However, if ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Thank you for stopping by! I am here to provide an expert opinion on your medical issues. Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin of the penis is too tight, and can not be retracted easily over the glans (head) of the penis. It is common in young boys and usually resolves with age. Howev...  Read Full »

I have balanitis with mild pain while pushing the foreskin. Please help.

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. Srivastava, Sumit

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 »

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 complete...  Read Full »


Dr. Saurabh Subhash 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 up th...  Read Full »

How can my tight foreskin be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old, boy and I have a very tight foreskin and I have not even pulled it back. I tried to do it once using oil but it was of no use.  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The mentioned history is suggestive of phimosis in which foreskin cannot be retracted back over glans. Topical steroid cream can be beneficial in mild case. But, in severe case like in your case, if foreskin cannot be retracted, then circumcision like day care minor ...  Read Full »

Why do I have penis foreskin appear tight and white?

Query: Hello doctor, I used to masturbate regularly, and I do not care much for hygiene (I wore the same used underwears, cleaned my penis once in a while, etc.). Now from the last two months, I am unable to retract. The foreskin seems to have become tight and not allowing me to even pull it back a little...  Read Full »


Dr. Gajanan Shirpad Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me tell you one thing, you need not worry about your condition, as it is widespread to have phimosis, which is the case with you. The foreskin is tight in your case, and hence, retraction is painful. The white patch you are referring to is nothing but color due to ...  Read Full »

I am a teenager and my foreskin is not tight. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old young man, and I have noticed that my penis foreskin is not tight in both positions. Although I do not experience any pain during urination, I am unable to retract my foreskin. When I discussed this with my father, he suggested that it might naturally become uncircum...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand your concern.From the details you provided, it seems you are questioning the normalcy of your foreskin not fully retracting and whether surgery is required.During childhood and adolescence, it is not uncommon for the foreskin to remain unretracted due to...  Read Full »

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