Paraphimosis means that the foreskin is pulled away from the head of the penis and can’t be pulled back to cover the head of the penis. It is a medical emergency. This only happens with an uncircumcised penis.
A foreskin that can’t be pulled down over the head of the penis gets swollen and can cause such a tight ring around the penis that it cuts off blood flow and can damage the penis.
Paraphimosis may be caused by:
Symptoms may include:
These symptoms mean that your child needs medical care right away.
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine your child.
Treatment involves moving the foreskin back over the head of the penis. This is usually done by a healthcare provider while using medicine to numb the area and keep your child from feeling pain.
Your child may also need treatment for an infection, swelling, or irritation of the penis. If these treatments do not correct the problem, your child may need surgery to:
Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your child’s healthcare provider. Ask your provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.
To help prevent the problem from happening again: