If you do have a foreskin, it’s important to look after it. This means gently washing inside and outside your foreskin with soap and warm water daily. It also means paying attention to any changes to your foreskin. If it becomes difficult to pull back, red, swollen, or inflamed, or develops lumps, it’s a good idea to see a doctor, to make sure you avoid any long-term damage.
Let’s dive into what the most common foreskin problems are, how each one is treated, and how you can prevent future issues.
What are the symptoms of balanitis?
• A foreskin that can’t be pulled back
• Itchiness or a rash
• Pain or tenderness at the head of the penis
• A red or swollen foreskin
• Discharge from the penis.
What treatments are there for paraphimosis?
The first thing to do is to apply ice to the area to help reduce any swelling, and then try to move your foreskin forward, using lubricant, to its usual position. Your doctor can also inject certain medicines that reduce swelling.
If the foreskin does not go back to its normal position, a surgeon may have to cut the foreskin to release it, or an urgent circumcision may be needed.
Besides dryness, you may also experience :
• red or white bumps
• irritation or redness
• cottage cheese-like discharge from under your foreskin
• foreskin tightness