A to Z: Phimosisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about phimosis, a condition that affects the penis and foreskin in uncircumcised males.Phimosis, foreskin, prepuce, penis, circumcision, balanitis, male reproductive system, glans penis, urination, sexual intercourse, physiologic phimosis, pathologic phimosis, tight foreskin, paraphimosis08/09/201304/11/201909/02/2019d9dc7865-3848-4835-a309-4dc026839ef5https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-phimosis.html/<p>Phimosis (fy-MOH-sis) is a tightness of the foreskin in uncircumcised males that prevents the foreskin from retracting over the head of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/male-reproductive.html/">penis</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Boys are born with a hood of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a>, called the foreskin, covering the head (also called the glans) of the penis. Some boys have the foreskin removed through a procedure called <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/circumcision.html/">circumcision</a>, but many boys don't.</p> <p>In uncircumcised babies, the foreskin starts off stuck to the glans, and it can't be pulled back. This is known as <strong>physiologic phimosis</strong>, and it is a perfectly normal condition. Over time, the foreskin gradually loosens, and most boys are able to retract it after about the age of 5.</p> <p>In older boys and adults, phimosis can be caused by an injury to the foreskin &mdash; often due to the foreskin being forcibly retracted before it's ready &mdash; or by a bacterial infection of the foreskin or glans. This is called <strong>pathologic phimosis</strong>, and it can lead to recurring infections, problems while urinating (peeing), and pain during sexual intercourse.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>In most cases, physiologic phimosis will clear up on its own within the first few years of life, although some cases may last until a boy is in his teens.</p> <p>Cases of pathologic phimosis that cause pain, infection, or problems with peeing&nbsp;might be&nbsp;treated with topical medicine (medicine applied to the skin)&nbsp;or surgery.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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