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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is phimosis?

Phimosis is tight foreskin around the glans (tip) of the penis. The foreskin is so tight that it cannot be pulled back from the tip. Phimosis is most common in boys 4 years or younger.

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What causes phimosis?

Phimosis may happen when scar tissue forms under the foreskin after repeated infections. Skin infections are usually caused by irritation or not keeping the area clean.

What are the signs and symptoms of phimosis?

The tip may be red, swollen, or painful. Your child may have trouble urinating or have blood in his urine.

How is phimosis treated?

Your child's phimosis may get better without treatment. Your child may need medicines to decrease swelling and pain or to treat a bacterial infection. A circumcision may be done to remove your child's foreskin.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage my child's phimosis?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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