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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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Tight Foreskin (Definition)

Tight foreskin, also called phimosis, is a condition where it is difficult to retract the foreskin over the head of the penis. A person is born with foreskin that is tight, but it should gradually ...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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