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

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 »

Why is it difficult to pull my foreskin back when I am erect after a frenuloplasty?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a frenulum tear due to excess sexual intercourse, and I underwent frenuloplasty to correct my foreskin. On the first two days after the surgery, my foreskin was clear and comfortable. But after two days, it became tight and difficult to retract. I am unable to get an erection....  Read Full »


Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Thanks for consulting us.The foreskin is hard to retract due to expansion during erection. The reason for frenuloplasty could have been phimosis (narrowing of the foreskin). It would help if you keep the area dry and clean. It is recommended to clean the area with saline an...  Read Full »

What causes pimples or boils in the head of the penis and difficulty pulling back the foreskin?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 21-year-old male. I observe symptoms like small white boils or pimples on the head of the penis and also difficulty in pulling back the foreskin. These symptoms started four days ago. I am not on any medication and have no previous history of the same. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly answer me the following to help you better; 1) Do you feel soreness in the lesion? 2) Is there a pearly papule appearance? 3) Is it an inflammatory lesion? 4) Is there any redness? 5) Do you have swelling of the glans? 6) Excess scratchi...  Read Full »

Will phimosis interfere with penile growth and reduce the stretchability of the foreskin?

Query: Hi doctor, When I was around 8-year-old, I had a sharp pain after masturbating and had a little blood from my foreskin. My foreskin was once extremely stretchy and was able to retract extremely easily became so tight that it would not even retract when flaccid. If memory serves correctly, this caus...  Read Full »


Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The condition you have is phimosis which is tightness of foreskin prevent easy retraction. It is not usually interfering with penile growth. Treatment of phimosis starts with medical treatment by applying hydrocortisone cream and rub it on foreskin twice daily and to ...  Read Full »

Can phimosis be corrected with steroid application?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 years old male. I have been masturbating for the past seven years. I do not have any problem with that. But my penis foreskin is not retractable. It closes the head in both erect and flaccid positions. I see a slighter portion of the penis head, maybe the size of the diameter o...  Read Full »


Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For how long you have this problem that you cannot retract the foreskin? Based on your complaint, it is most likely that the diagnosis is phimosis. Is there any other problem? Local treatment like the application of steroid ointment could be effective before surg...  Read Full »

Retracted part of my penis is sensitive. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a problem with my penis. When I remove the foreskin of penis, the head portion remains sensitive. It causes swelling if I touch it or rub it with any clothes. Is there any natural remedy?   Read Full »


Dr. C Sharath Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have hypersensitivity of glans penis. Using topical ointments or sprays reduces sensitivity and it has to be used safely on the penis. This helps to reduce the risk of developing premature ejaculation. Using numbing sprays and other products containing anestheti...  Read Full »

Does phimosis need to be treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I am just wondering if my penis normal. Is it possible of my frenulum being too tight and causing discomfort when the penis is erect and the foreskin is pulled back? I am attaching an image for your reference. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and gone through the attached image (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Unfortunately, the image is not clear. If possible, please send an image with different angulation and clarity. As per the available image, there is nothing ab...  Read Full »

Why am I unable to retract my foreskin?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a weight of 70 kilograms and a height of five feet nine inches. I can able to retract my foreskin fully when flaccid. But when my penis becomes fully erect, my foreskin gets struck behind my head when pulled back. I will wait for some time to become flaccid to retract the foreskin...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your condition is called incomplete phimosis. Normally, it needs treatment only when it causes issues in sexual activities. Asymptomatic cases are not considered as medical conditions. If you want a solution without surgery, then it needs visual inspection. You can ...  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 his penis head. His foreskin goes back and it is not coming back to its original form. It is not covering his penis head. Yesterday, while urinating, he tried to pull his foreskin to cover his penis head, but it did not come back. Also, he was not able to pull ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aamir Muhamed

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the description, your husband is suffering from phimosis. It is a condition where the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the penis head. It happens due to various reasons and it can be diagnosed only after examination. It can occur due to impr...  Read Full »

Why am I having tightness in the foreskin with rashes on the penis?

Query: Hi doctor,Before a few months, I went to a doctor as I had a bad rash on the shaft of the penis and around the groin area. I was prescribed creams and after examination, the doctor told me it as psoriasis. The condition is manageable now but my foreskin is tight. It was tight initially in a normal s...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In psoriasis affecting the penis, condoms can help to protect the affected psoriatic skin from inducing trauma. Elocon is an ointment with a corticosteroid. This helps to provide relief from inflammation and dryness during psoriasis. This is a good cream and it is helpf...  Read Full »

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