Phimosis means that the foreskin over the head of the penis is very tight and cannot be pulled back easily. This only happens with an uncircumcised penis.
Phimosis is normal in newborns. It usually goes away on its own by the time a boy is 7 to 10 years of age.
Phimosis may happen in uncircumcised adults after an injury, infection, or irritation. If it happens after an infection or injury it may require treatment.
In older boys and men, phimosis may be caused by:
Symptoms may include:
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine your child.
Treatment for phimosis depends on the cause and how severe your child’s symptoms are. Treatment may include:
Your child may also need treatment for infections, swelling, or irritation of the penis.
If your child has severe symptoms or ongoing problems, his healthcare provider may advise surgery to remove the foreskin, which is called circumcision.
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: