A 45-year-old member asked:
How effective are steroid creams at treating phimosis?
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Pediatric Urology 21 years experience
Depends: It really depends on the cause of the phimosis. If the cause is balanitis xerotica obliterans then steroid creams are 0%. Effective. If bxo is not the cause then one study suggests that a 3 month course of treatment is 50% effective.
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Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Children do better: Than adults. 70 -80% respond to steroid creams, if applied correctly. This means pulling back on the foreskin and appling cream to all the skin preventing retraction, or are of narrowing causing a "waist" if the tight foreskin can be pulled over the glans. Apply twice daily for 3 months.Remember always to pull tight foreskin back over glans to avoid paraphimosis. Unfortunately 50% re-phimose.
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Pediatric Urology 43 years experience
80%: But they have to be prescription strength and applied twice daily for 2 months. They are very safe and effective.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016
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