Foreskin problems are not to be taken lightly. If you notice a foreskin problem, either on yourself, or on your child, it’s important that you get it seen to right away.

When boys are born, their foreskin will often be tight, but it will loosen over time and it will be possible to pull it easily over the head of the penis. From the age of two until the age of six, the foreskin should start to separate naturally. Phimosis occurs when the foreskin remains unusually tight and cannot be pulled back.

Phimosis isn’t a problem until it starts to cause symptoms such as redness, soreness, or swelling. If you notice this in your son, you should take him to the GP.

Phimosis can also develop later in life after puberty and can be caused by infections, STIs, or skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus, and more commonly by lichen sclerosus.

Find out more about phimosis with this guide on The Urology Foundation’s website.


The Urology Foundation

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