What is it?

Phimosis happens in an uncircumcised penis, when the foreskin cannot be pulled back. Phimosis could be physiological, typically in childhood and it doesn’t cause any symptoms and resolves with age. In the pathological type it causes symptoms and leaves the penis with an opening the size of a pinhole. Phimosis is caused due to poor hygiene, skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and lichen sclerosus, scar tissue, injuries and infections such as STIs.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include redness, discoloration, inflammation, soreness in the penis and pain while urinating or having sexual activity.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination.


Treatment includes steroid creams and surgery.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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