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How do I know if my foreskin is too small? Can it burst?

How do I know if my foreskin is too small? Can it burst?

If uncomfortable: Your foreskin is only too small if it is tight when retracted to the extent that it is painful or uncomfortable. A tight foreskin is called phimosis and in adults is best managed surgically. A phimotic foreskin can certainly tear if retracted with force. Steroid cream can be tried in prepubertal boys. A short foreskin by itself is no problem provided it's loose. ...Read more

Foreskin (Definition)

Or prepuce is skin which covers the penile glans. It is ...Read more


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At what age should an uncircumcised boy's foreskin retract, and how does one determine if the opening is too small?(phimosis ) thank you

Foreskin: It can occur at almost any age, it usually occurs with the normal erections that stretch the foreskin gradually. It may need some manual stretching at times by pulling the foreskin back gently and bringing it forward. If you are unable to do that, see the pediatrician or a urologist to determine if there is any concern. ...Read more

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What to do if my foreskin opening is small and doesn't retract during erections - what should I do?

Consult urologist: Needs to be corrected either with prescription strength steroid cream, circumcision or prepucioplasty ( surgical procedure to relieve tight foreskin without removing foreskin) ...Read more

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I have a small cut on my foreskin, should i put neosporin on it, and how long will it take to heal?

I have a small cut on my foreskin, should i put neosporin on it, and how long will it take to heal?

Good idea: Neosporin unless allergic to it will help the cut Eac peson is different but it should heal within a week If it gets worse follow up with provider ...Read more

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Hi I have just seen that I have small red dots on the inside of the tip of my foreskin but I'm a virgin what could it be?

Hi I have just seen that I have small red dots on the inside of the tip of my foreskin but I'm a virgin what could it be?

Well if you: are a "virgin" as you put it we can eliminate STD's as a possibility ..(ie Herpes) The lesions you describe sound like "hemangiomata" ( small clumps of capillaries the tiniest blood vessels in the body) THE ONLY WAY of BEING SURE is to have them checked out...start with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I've had his small red patch on my foreskin for a few years now. It has never gotten worse nor does it itch or have pain. It feels a little rough.

Rash vs lesion: Both psoriasis and lichen planus can give penile rashes, that may have few symptoms.. Less commonly, candidiasis and seborrheic dermatitis can also give persistent red patches. Most of these would improve with one week of otc mild cortisone cream. If no response, a skin biopsy should be done, as rarely pre-cancerous lesions can also look like this. ...Read more

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I have a small amount of smegma under my foreskin, it's not bothering me so is it ok to keep. I see no need in retracting and washing. Isn't it good?

I have a small amount of smegma under my foreskin, it's not bothering me so is it ok to keep. I see no need in retracting and washing. Isn't it good?

No.: Proper foreskin hygiene will ensure you won't have foreskin problems later on, such as phimosis. Buildup of smegma can lead to inflammation and fibrosis of the foreskin. Make sure with each bath/shower, you pull the foreskin all the way back, cleanse thoroughly, fully dry the foreskin, then reduce the foreskin back over the glans. ...Read more

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My 38 yr old husband has had small cuts around his foreskin.When it looks like its healing when he pulls back the cuts reopen.What could causing this?

My 38 yr old husband has had small cuts around his foreskin.When it looks like its healing  when he pulls back the cuts reopen.What could causing this?

Phimosis: Your husband probably needs to be circumcised. Those "cuts" will eventually be replaced by scar tissue and he won't be able to retract the foreskin. Tight foreskin is phimosis and unfortunately some uncircumcised men develop secondary phimosis, which is your husband's problem. ...Read more

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