A 31-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to relieve an uncomfortably tight foreskin with out having to get circumcised?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Usitalo
Urology 42 years experience
Phimosis: A cream used for eczema called Elidel (pimecrolimus) may help but an in office procedure called dorsal slit can open the foreskin enough to allow one to pull the foreskin back.
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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
I agree with the dorsal slit. In my opinion application of steroid cream such as 0.1% betamethasone works in about 50% of men, but phimosis recurs in 50% of thes. Surgery is best.
Nov 30, 2011
Dr. Kristin Kozakowski
Urology 20 years experience
Steroid cream: I prescribe triamcinilone 0.05% steroid cream, also known as betamethasone, to be applied to the distal foreskin 2 times a day for six weeks. This combined with gentle stretching of the foreskin should help thin the skin enough to allow easier retraction of the foreskin. A circumcision may become necessary if there has been chronic infection that has caused scarring of the foreskin.
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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Steroid cream/ slit: 0.1% Betamethasone cream applied twice daily to tight area of foreskin may relieve this problem. Otherwise a so called dorsal slit or prepucioplasty is a foreskin preserving procedure that will relieve foreskin tightness. Good luck.
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