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Doctor insights on: How Effective Are Steroid Creams At Treating Phimosis

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How effective are steroid creams at treating phimosis?

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

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What are the most common steroid creams prescribed in the US for phimosis issues?

What are the most common steroid creams prescribed in the US for phimosis issues?

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

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What should I look for in a steroid cream for phimosis?

What should I look for in a steroid cream for phimosis?

Prescription: The creams which work are prescription strength such as 0.1% Betamethasone cream to be applied twice daily for 2 months. There are no side effects and one can expect an 80
% chance of success. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to use expired steroid cream for my phimosis?

Is it a bad idea to use expired steroid cream for my phimosis?

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

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How does steroid cream work for phimosis? Does it make your foreskin grow?

How does steroid cream work for phimosis? Does it make your foreskin grow?

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

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Can a topical steroid cream work for my phimosis?

Can a topical steroid cream work for my phimosis?

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

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I think I have phimosis. Do I need to get a prescription to get steroid cream?

I think I have phimosis. Do I need to get a prescription to get steroid cream?

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

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Hi docs, would the topical steroid cream work for my phimosis?

Hi docs, would the topical steroid cream work for my phimosis?

Yes, you may try. ..: Yes, you may try it and see for 1 month. But, if not improving or but worsening, you should see Doc timely. Still remember circumcision is still the definitive care for the troublesome tight long foreskin.

Best wish. .. ...Read more

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What are the risks/benefits from topical steroid cream for phimosis?

What are the risks/benefits from topical steroid cream for phimosis?

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

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Yeast/bacterial infection cleared up but now caused phimosis- is there anything I can do to improve this other than being circumsized? Steroid cream?

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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Can person with tight foreskin, who is using the steroid cream to make it looser, end up with a yeast infection there?

Can person with tight foreskin, who is using the steroid cream to make it looser, end up with a yeast infection there?

Yes: Usually if you have a yeast infection, it was there because of the phimosis and cleaning problems rather than steroid cream. However it may be possible to develop the yeast due to the steroids. In that case there are steroid/anti fungal combo creams. ...Read more

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How effective is betamethasone creams for phimosis?

How effective is betamethasone creams for phimosis?

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

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How effective is betamethasone cream for pinhole phimosis?

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

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What topical steroid is for phimosis treatment?

What topical steroid is for phimosis treatment?

Phimosis: Topical steroids are not routinely used for phimosis and are not particularly effective in this condition. ...Read more

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Over the counter phimosis cream uk?

Over the counter phimosis cream uk?

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

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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?

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

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Best of the counter cream for phimosis?

Best of the counter cream for phimosis?

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

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I have phimosis and I have been given betamethasone. Is the cream or ointment better?

Equal: Results with these medications seem equal. There are no clinical studies showing superiority of one over the other. ...Read more

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How to use betamethasone cream for phimosis and does it has any side effects?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist and urologist to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes if getting tight: Betamethasone or triamcinalone are both ffective steroid creams for this pupose. Do not know if prescription is required to obtain these medications in Greece. Prescription is required in the usa. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are steroid creams (proctozone hc) effective for treating anal fissures?

Are steroid creams (proctozone hc) effective for treating anal fissures?

They can help,: But by themselves will not heal a fissure. You need to correct your diarrhea or constipation and maintain a regular bowel patter if there is any chance of healing without surgery. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments in the works for eczema? What is the most effective treatment other than a medicated steroid cream.

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

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Is there a type of topical steroid creams that are effective for eczema or dermatitis long term?

Is there a type of topical steroid creams that are effective for eczema or dermatitis long term?

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

Tight Foreskin (Definition)

If the foreskin cannot be pulled easily over the head of the penis. It ...Read more