A member asked:

My foreskin can only be pulled back behind the head and that's when i am not erect. how can i fix without circumcision as an option. bethamathasone?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

See answer : Phimosis refers to the inability to adequately retract the distal foreskin over the glans penis. One to five percent of males will have nonretractible foreskins by age 16 years. 0.1 -0.05% Betamethasone dipropionate applied to the preputial orifice twice a day for up to 4-6 weeks accompanied by gentle, manual retraction/stretching of the foreskin. Circumcision reserved for persistent phimosis.

Answered 11/28/2017


Dr. George Klauber answered

Specializes in Pediatric Urology

Steroids/dorsal slit: Two treatment options: 1) steroid cream apply twice daily to narrowest part of foreskin whilst retracting gently. 0.1% Betamethasone or kenalog (triamcinolone) cream may work. Will not work if phimosis i9s due to scarring of prepucial opening. 2) dorsal slit or prepucioplasty surgery are foreskin preserving procedures. Foreskin can then be retracted.

Answered 6/24/2014



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