What is Phimosis?
Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin is uncomfortable being retracted or cannot be fully retracted, or pulled back, from around the tip of the penis.
A tight foreskin is common in baby boys who are not circumcised, but it typically stops being an issue by the ages of 2 to 6 years old.
Phimosis can result in painful erections, difficulty with urination, infections, and other complications.
A number of phimosis treatments are available, including topical steroid cream, preputioplasty (foreskin preserving surgery – if suitable) and circumcision.
The normal course of treatment typically includes assessment, conservative intervention such as topical creams, and then circumcision if necessary and/or desired.