Tight foreskin (phimosis and paraphimosis) Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the head of the penis (glans). Phimosis is normal in babies and toddlers, but in older children it may be the result of a skin condition that has caused scarring.
Phimosis What is it? An unusually tight foreskin that cannot be drawn back from the head of the penis. What are the main symptoms? You cannot retract the foreskin to expose the head of your penis. The foreskin is too tight. Severe phimosis can make erections painful. What's the risk? Only uncircumcised men are affected. Some have phimosis from childhood but it can develop.
In adults, tightness of the foreskin may cause no symptoms for most of the time. Problems usually become more obvious (and troublesome) when you get an erection and attempt sexual intercourse. This may worsen a phimosis which then requires surgical treatment later in life. Forcible retraction of the foreskin in children should be avoided.
May 10, · Phimosis may recur. Surgical management. Procedure: preputioplasty or circumcision. These are usually done under local anaesthetic. Circumcision is a Low Priority Procedure (follow link for more information) Surgery may only be funded if medical treatment has been tried and failed. Circumcision is not permitted for religious reasons.