Doctor insights on:
How Effective Are Steroid Creams At Treating Phimosis
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. ...Read more
See below: Good penile hygiene, treatment of any co-existent bacterial or fungal infection, and higher potency topical steroid creams by prescription applied twice daily for up to 4 weeks accompanied by gentle retraction "may" be helpful in resolving phimosis. Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05%-0.1%; Triamcinolone acetonide 0.1%-0.5%; and Clobetasol propionate 0.05% creams most commonly used in my experience. ...Read more
Yes.: Expired medications cannot be guaranteed to maintain their potency or stability of formulation. It is a good idea to seek a new prescription, and get re-evaluated if a lot of time has passed since your phimosis was last examined. This could indicate that the treatment is not working. ...Read more
Steroids & phimosis: Phimosis is inability to retract foreskin. Tightening of foreskin could be congenital or due to scarring from infection or chronic inflammation. Lichen sclerosus is another cause. Scarring is collagen deposition by cells called fibroblasts. Potent topical steroids are used to treat this in short term. Steroids slow down collagen deposition and increase collagen breakdown, loosening foreskin. ...Read more
Prescription creams: 1% Betamethasone Valerate or Kenalog (triamcinolone) are only available in US by prescription. Might work, but less likely as get older, i.e. your age. Will not work if phimotic ring is scarred, in which case surgery is only viable option. 0.Try it, might help nut don't be disappointed if it does not or recurs. ...Read more
In USA yes: Over the counter steroid creams are generally ineffective in treating phimosis. Prescription strength creams are often successful in relieving the condition when applied over a 4-6 week period. ...Read more
See below: Betamethasone cream has be used very effectively for treatment of phimosis in children and adults. It is safe, easy to apply and cost effective. In most published protocols, it is used twice daily for up to 4 weeks and will improve or cure in >70%. The risks are minimal but prolonged use can cause thinning of the skin, and use of the cream extensively over the body can inhibit adrenal steroids. ...Read more
Yeast/bacterial infection cleared up but now caused phimosis- is there anything I can do to improve this other than being circumsized? Steroid cream?
Phimosis: It is unlikely the infection was the cause of your phimosis. More likely you already had a certain amount of phimosis made worse by inflammation and scarring. There may be effective treatments other than complete circumcision, but not a good idea to treat yourself with steroid. Anyway, OTC steroid creams are weak and probably wouldn't help. See a urologist and follow his or her advice. ...Read more
Is circumcision the only options for a case of phimosis with scar tissue? Is it the only option? The only thing to do? Or would the alternative treatments/options work? The steroid creams - betamethasone, stretching, preputioplasty, etc? What about partia
You choose: The choice of treatment depends directly on the risk/benefit assessment and your personal opinion. I agree with the respondents. A circumcision will be curative. Steroid creams work quite well and should be tried first if you desire an "intact" prepuce. If these fail, and you still do not want a circ, then you can opt for operative stretching/slit/or partial circ all of which can recur. ...Read more
In trying to stretch a tight foreskin, using the steroid cream, how many times a day would one stretch in order to solve the problem in a month?
Twice daily: Treatment of phimosis (tight foreskin) can sometimes be treated with topical steriod cream applied twice daily with gentle retraction. Hopefully, over a period of time (generally given in 3 week courses), the foreskin will allow full retraction. Be sure to discuss with the prescribing physician to ensure you are appropriately using the medication he/she prescribed. ...Read more
Can person with tight foreskin, who is using the steroid cream to make it looser, end up with a yeast infection there?
Betamethasone: Betamethasone cream has be used very effectively for treatment of phimosis in children and adults. It is safe, easy to apply and cost effective. In most published protocols, it is used twice daily for up to 4 weeks. Used as instructed, it will cure or significantly improve the problem in over 70% of patients. ...Read more
It can help.: The use of Betamethasone cream, along with good hygiene and stretching exercises can help with phimosis. Whether is can fix the problem depends on the degree of phimosis and the presence of scarring. In young boys, the issue can resolve spontaneously, and sped up with topical steroids. In adults, especially if scarring has occurred, the success rate drops. ...Read more
I'm suffering from acute phimosis. My foreskin doesn't retract completely when my penis is hard. Can you suggest me some steroid oinment? Thank you
Here are some...: Phimosis may induce inflammation / infection, which could be treated with heightening topical hygiene with judicious use of antifungal cream with steroid. If the bother from phimosis persists despite care, circumcision is the choice of long-term care. More? Ask doctor timely. ...Read more
I can't pull my foreskin back either soft or erect. Is that Phimosis? If it is can I get a cream at a local pharmacy or online?
Yes, but...: Yes, you have phimosis and it is a severe one, which would be very unlikely to retract manually even with the aid of topical steroid cream. Eventually, circumcision is the choice of care; of course, there are risks since nothing is free. So, discuss the details of circumcision with the intended surgeon. Best wishes to health... ...Read more
I 26 OLD. I HAVE PHIMOSIS & PARAPHIMOSIS BOTH & HEAD IS SENSAVITE CAN'T TOUCH BAD ODUR CAME suggest anti_biotic and cream for it or any suggetion byu?
Here are some. ..: What you have is probably just a long redundant retractable foreskin, to which topical application for infection / inflammation is possible. The common OTC agent is antifungal cream with or without steroid - 1% hydrocortisone. You may try it but consult Doc as needed for unforeseen events. But for long overall health, don't ignore practicing low-risk healthy lifestyle without obsession. Best wish. ...Read more
Equal: Results with these medications seem equal. There are no clinical studies showing superiority of one over the other. ...Read more
Please see: Please see your dermatologist and urologist to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
Had phimosis. At age 13 I went to a doctor and fixed it in 5 sec. It wasn't serious. Used a cream for a while. But I think I should again bc tight so?
Used a steroid cream for a month and stretched my foreskin, but it still doesn't retract. Is a partial circumcision effective? Will it reduce sensitiv
May be: See your urologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
Are there any new treatments in the works for eczema? What is the most effective treatment other than a medicated steroid cream.
Immunomodulators: Immunomodulators that work in the cellular level with the immune cells involved with eczema such as Protopic and elidel (pimecrolimus). Also moisturizers containing ceramides are new therapies. ...Read more
No.: There are many types of steroid creams all work for different stages of eczema or locations. "weak" steroid cream good for face ears and neck, for example. "strong" steroid cream suitable for chronic, thickend eczema. Sometimes, steroid creams loose their potency and become ineffective after a longterm usage. (there is debate why it's that). You'd better let your dermatologist decides what's best. ...Read more
Hi docs, can you tell me if steroid creams (proctozone hc) are effective in treating anal fissures?
Foreskin a bit red, it comes and goes sometimes not red then next hour it is. Antifungal, steroid cream not effective. Doc said no balanitis, what's it?
- Talk to a doctor online
- How effective is banatan cream?
- Phimosis cream over-the-counter
- How long to use steroid cream?
- Steroid creams
- Are steroids effective against mono?
- Is cortisone effective in treating cellulitis?
- How long does it normally take for a steroid cream to start working?
- Side effects of steroid creams
- Betamethasone cream phimosis