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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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I have a swollen, irritated, and itchy foreskin. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, My foreskin has swollen, a little irritated, and itchy. I have a history of immune system-related problems and disorders. What is wrong? What shall I do? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. This can be due to infection, infection such as candida, so there is nothing to worry it will be fine. I suggest you apply ointment Clotrimazole twice on it. Take tablet Levocetirizine 10 milligrams once before slee...  Read Full »

I have had balanitis, phimosis, itching, and red spots on my penis for the past five days. What is the reason for my tight foreskin?

Query: Hi doctor,I have balanitis, phimosis, itching, and red spots for the past five days. My foreskin is tight and I am unable to pull it back, if it is forced it may injure. One year back, I had the same issue with pain and recovered from it. I take tablet Janumet 50 mg/ 500 mg twice daily, tablet Amary...  Read Full »

Dr. V. Srikanth Reddy

Answer: Hi,Welcome to are suffering from candidal balanoposthitis, a fungal infection of foreskin and glans penis. It causes itching, red spots, swelling, cracks on foreskin and inability to retract it. I suggest you to use DK (Miconazole) gel twice daily for relief. If there is no response,...  Read Full »

How do I cure the recurrent redness and tightness in my foreskin?

Query: Hi doctor, I am diabetic and hypertensive. I am under the following medication. Take Tablet Glimepiride 3 mg, Tablet Metformin 1 mg twice daily, Tablet Telmisartan 40 mg, Tablet Ecospirin 75 mg, Tablet Sitagliptin and Tablet Urimax 0.4 mg. Blood sugar readings are now in control (random blood sugar ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern, and I would like to know the following details so that I can guide you better. Do you have a burning sensation during urination? Do you have urethral discharge and pain? Do you have recurrent balanitis? Do you practice improper genital hy...  Read Full »

I have greyish-black patches on the glans of my penis. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a male of 29 years old with a height of 5.5 feet and a weight of around 152 pounds. I am not under any medication. I am not married and have never had sex. Since the past few months, some greyish-black patches have been developing on the glans of my penis. It is also around the ope...  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read what you have described and gone through the photos (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The only spots that I can see are toward the right lower half of your penile head. This condition is called penile melanosis or hyperpigmentation. I...  Read Full »

I noticed several red spots on my glans, and my foreskin is too dry. Which medications are suitable for treating red spots on the glans after condom use?

Query: Hello, doctor,I recently engaged in sexual activity with my girlfriend. I used a green apple-flavored condom. After the first ejaculation, I put on a second condom, but I experienced several instances of pain during intercourse. Afterward, I noticed severe red spots on the glans of my penis. While t...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello,Welcome to appears to be an infection. It is not necessarily related to the type of condom used, but it could be an allergic reaction to latex if you are using it for the first time. The source of the infection could be your partner. Vaginal infections can be transmitted durin...  Read Full »

My penis crown hurts after having sex. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41-year-old male who is happily married. However, I experience some pain in my corona even after having sex with my wife, which prevents me from having sex for the second time. I am looking for suggestions for an ointment to help me eliminate this pain. Thanking you.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. This could be due to a tight foreskin. You can use a good lubricant during sex which could help reduce the pain. KY jelly (lubricant) can be used during sex. Another option is to use Lignocaine jelly, which can hel...  Read Full »

I am a 23-year-old male, and I find it difficult to retract or reposition the foreskin of my penis. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old male. It is difficult to retract the foreskin and restore it to its original position. What should I do? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. A tight frenulum with a tight foreskin can cause difficulty in retracting and restoring it to its original position. This often causes pain during erection and sex and can even tear and bleed. Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do...  Read Full »

I have mild phimosis and difficulty in fully retracting my foreskin when my penis is fully erect. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have very mild phimosis. I face slight difficulty fully retracting my foreskin when my penis is fully erect. I am easily able to retract my foreskin when not erect. I have tried stretching exercises but have not seen a drastic improvement. Can you suggest any solution so that I can c...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Subhash Pandya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can engage in intercourse with the foreskin retracted. If that does not work, or if there is a problem with masturbation, one option is to get a small dorsal slit done, but cosmetically it does not look good. The best solution is a routine circumcision. A partial ...  Read Full »

I got cut on the frenulum and have redness, swelling, and a little liquid is oozing out. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor,I got cut on the frenulum with redness and swelling, and a little liquid is oozing out. How to manage it?  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Usually, this cut is due to the tight foreskin and persists until you avoid retracting the foreskin. After ten days, you can apply steroidal cream like Betnovate (Chlorocresol) twice daily for six weeks. After two weeks of...  Read Full »

Is circumcision the only option to treat tight foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor, So previously, my husband used to masturbate a lot. Now he is facing an issue of the tight foreskin, and now when we do sex, he has tremendous pain in his penis because of the tight foreskin and I want to know what is the cause of tight foreskin and if circumcision is the only option i...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is called phimosis. I would suggest using Hydrocortisone cream 1 %. It is available in any pharmacy. He can apply the cream to the foreskin twice daily and massage it for one to two minutes. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with them and take the medicines wit...  Read Full »

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