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Tight Foreskin: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Having a tight foreskin is a condition where the foreskin cannot be pulled over the head of the penis. It occurs in uncircumcised males and is a rare condition that affects fewer than a million people a year. Phimosis looks like a tight rubber band of skin right at the tip of the penis. It can cause a series of complications like bleeding, painful urination, or even an infection around the foreskin. It is important to note that having a slightly tight foreskin is common in children and it goes away with gentle and regular retraction. It is only when it begins to create problems and does not retract properly that it becomes a condition that must be treated.

There are many treatment options to reverse this condition. The right treatment option for your child depends on how severe the condition is and the symptoms that come along with it. One of the most common ways to treat it is through supportive care.

Phimosis can be treated with medical procedure as well as through medications that come in the form of creams and ointments. However, if these treatments fail to work, then you may have to resort to surgery. The treatments are, on the whole, very effective and phimosis is a condition that can be treated quite easily and quickly.

How is the treatment done?

The condition of having a tight foreskin is something that can be diagnosed through sight and a physical examination. There are no other diagnostic tests required, unless the child is also suffering from an infection in the foreskin. If that is the case, a blood test is usually needed to see the kinds of bacteria in the infection and administer the appropriate treatment accordingly. Once the child has been diagnosed with tight foreskin, the treatment can commence.

The first step in treatment will be supportive care. Since this is something that occurs in children, you will first just be asked to monitor and report any changes you may see. With gentle and regular retraction, the condition can be resolved on its own. However, if this does not work over a period of time, then your doctor may perform a medical procedure to stretch the foreskin. This will loosen it up and allow it to retract properly as needed. If these means don’t work, then it’s time for medicine.

Your doctor may prescribe steroid creams to be applied on the foreskin. The dosage will depend on how tight the foreskin in and all you have to do is apply as directed. This should loosen the skin up. If this does not work, your doctor will recommend surgical circumcision to remove the foreskin altogether. Circumcisions are common procedures and occur quickly. Sometimes, they are performed under local anaesthesia to avoid knocking out the child completely.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If your child has a tight foreskin that is causing painful urination, bleeding, or infections around the skin, then you should seek treatment for the same.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If your child is uncircumcised and the foreskin is a bit tight, you should wait and provide supportive care to see if the condition resolves itself on its own. If you do not do so, you may be subjecting your child to medical treatments unnecessarily.

Are there any side effects?

Creams with steroids can sometimes lead to the thinning of skin. However, in this case, that is not a problem. Circumcising your child can lead to pain for a few days after the procedure. Maintaining hygiene in the area and ensuring that the dressings are changed regularly can prevent an infection from occurring.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

If you have circumcised your child, you will be instructed on ways to help the child maintain hygiene to prevent infection.

How long does it take to recover?

It takes at least two weeks to recover from the effects of a surgery.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price of circumcision can range from Rs. 25,000 – Rs. 50,000, depending on where you are getting the procedure done from. Steroidal creams cost anywhere between Rs. 100 – Rs. 300.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are no home remedies for treating tight foreskin.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Is there any term like partial circumcision, I have a tight foreskin but I do not want to remove the whole foreskin. Is it possible to circumcised only the little front foreskin which is tight or the whole front foreskin need to remove.

Hello and welcome to Lybrate. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Circumcision is not completely removing the foreskin. Foreskin is just cut so as to make it completely retractable. I suggest telephonic counseling for you. you can co...
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Hello doctor, I have a problem related to my penis, my foreskin is attached with the top of my penis, kindly guide me to get rid of this problem.

Hello and welcome to Lybrate. Penis foreskin is attached to the penis tip for everyone. There are surgical procedures to detach it. You can contact me for further advice and treatment options. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care.

The problem is related to my penis. When penis is flaccid then foreskin tends to push back very easy but when penis is in erection then frenulum is not go back over the head of penis.

Apply coconut oil in semi erect position move the foreskin up and down for 10-15 min daily, this will help, atleast do it for one month.
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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