PHIMOSIS – TIGHT FORESKIN
Phimosis, also known as tight foreskin, is a condition where the foreskin on the penis does not retract properly, typically due to adhesions or scarring.
Most uncircumcised babies and toddlers will have phimosis, meaning the foreskin cannot be retracted. This is because the glans and the foreskin remain connected for the first few years of life.
Phimosis can cause hygiene problems, pain during urination and if left untreated, contribute to painful erections.
This penis disorder usually is divided into physiologic and pathologic phimosis.
- Physiologic phimosis is the normal condition in which children are born with a tight foreskin, and separation occurs during late childhood and early adolescence.
- Pathologic phimosis happens because of an infection, inflammation, or scarring.
Phimosis can require intervention at any age.