1. Is phimosis curable?
Phimosis is curable at all ages provided it has not been left untreated for a long period of time. physiologic phimosis in infants and young children is naturally occurring and resolves on its own. Pathologic phimosis in adulthood requires medical attention and is generally cured within 4-8 weeks.
2. How is phimosis treated?
Phimosis is treated based on the symptom of the condition. For scar tissues, ointments and steroid creams for phimosis are prescribed. This softens and loosens the foreskin and eases retraction. For severe cases, phimosis operation may be suggested where the foreskin is medically detached from the penis. This however can be temporary and there is no guarantee that the condition will not reoccur. For permanent relief, circumcision may be suggested.
3. What happens if phimosis is not treated?
If not treated, phimosis can lead to penile cancer from extreme inflammation, infections and scarring. The condition may cause extreme pain, bleeding and shall also result in needing removal of the glans.
4. Can phimosis cause cancer?
Yes, phimosis can lead to penile cancer if left untreated and result in removal of the organ to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body.
5. At what age is phimosis a problem?
Phimosis in babies and young children is not a matter of concern. The foreskin or prepuce is naturally retracted as the child grows. Most children are able to fully retract the foreskin by the age of 10. Even after the age of 10, if the skin has not retracted, it is not considered a problem until the symptoms of phimosis start to show. Older children or young adults shall be asked to maintain good personal hygiene. If phimosis symptoms like redness, swelling and pain start to show, medical assistance is required.
6. What is phimosis and paraphimosis?
Phimosis in adulthood is caused due to poor personal hygiene, infections, inflammation and scarring. This may also be caused due to rough handling of the foreskin. Paraphimosis is a medical emergency where the foreskin does not go back up to its original location after being retracted. For treatment of phimosis, kindly read phimosis treatment options above. For treatment of paraphimosis, the condition is treated in the emergency room, since it is a medical emergency. A doctor may use one of the following techniques to retract your foreskin:
- They may use a solution to reduce the swelling and retract the foreskin.
- They may cut an incision in the foreskin to loosen it and retract it.
- In severe cases, they may ultimately suggest a circumcision, to retract the foreskin.
7. What is phimosis diabetes?
With high blood sugar levels, a minor infection can be a breeding ground for phimosis. Phimosis in adult men can be an indicator of type 2 diabetes and needs to be treated immediately.