Phimosis is a condition in which the foreskin can not be retracted (pulled back) from around the tip of the penis. A tight foreskin is common in baby boys who are not circumcised, but it usually stops being a problem by the age of 3.
SYMPTOMS OF PHIMOSIS
The main symptom of phimosis is the inability to retract the foreskin by the age of 3. The foreskin usually loosens over time, but this process can take longer in some boys. By around the age of 17, a boy should be able to easily retract his foreskin.
Another common symptom of phimosis is a swelling of the foreskin while urinating.
CAUSES OF PHIMOSIS
Phimosis can occur naturally. It is unclear why it occurs in some boys but not others. The condition can also occur if the foreskin is forcibly retracted before it is ready. This can harm the skin and cause scarring, making it more difficult to retract the foreskin later on.
Inflammation or an infection of the foreskin or the head of the penis (glans) may cause phimosis in boys or men. Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans. It is sometimes the result of poor hygiene or an infection of the foreskin.
A condition called paraphimosis can also result when the foreskin is retracted but can not be moved back into its normal position.This may require emergency medical attention.One complication of paraphimosis is a reduction in blood flow to the end of the penis.
The treatment options for paraphimosis are similar to those for phimosis. Lubricating the glans and the foreskin may help slide the foreskin back up.