Back to Health A to Z. Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the head of the penis glans. Phimosis is normal in babies and toddlers, but in older children it may be the result of a skin condition that has caused scarring. It isn't usually a problem unless it causes symptoms. Immediate treatment is needed in cases where phimosis causes problems such as difficulty urinating. Most uncircumcised baby boys have a foreskin that won't pull back retract because it's still attached to the glans.
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The foreskin has various other sexual, cosmetic, neurological, and other functions. For example, it provides protection from cold, burns, and trauma, and it contains a rich network of blood vessels to support good penile function. See more on this at " The development of retractile foreskin in the child and adolescent" from Doctors Opposing Circumcision. The foreskin should never be retracted in this state.
Phimosis - Paraphimosis
It all depends on the individual foreskin on the penis can become free to retract from the glans any time between a couple of month and 18 years old. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply.
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