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How do you get phimosis?
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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology
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In brief: Inflammation.
In adults, inflammation of the foreskin can cause a scarring reaction that restricts its normal elasticity.
Inflammation can be caused by infections of the skin, chronic irritation from poor hygiene, and injury to the foreskin or small tears. Skin problem such as lichen sclerosis can also affect the skin. If it restricts erections or impedes the urine stream, circumcision may be necessary.

In brief: Inflammation.
In adults, inflammation of the foreskin can cause a scarring reaction that restricts its normal elasticity.
Inflammation can be caused by infections of the skin, chronic irritation from poor hygiene, and injury to the foreskin or small tears. Skin problem such as lichen sclerosis can also affect the skin. If it restricts erections or impedes the urine stream, circumcision may be necessary.
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Dr. George Klauber
Agree with Dr. Kim. Phimosis is physiologic in all babies and resolves spontaneously in most boys as they grow up, however it persists in a few without inflammation or scarring. These are the tight foreskins which have a reasonable chance of responding to applications of prescription strength steroid cream.
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