ZocdocAnswersWhat is a good way to manually fix phimosis?

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What is a good way to manually fix phimosis?

What OTC cream is available that can make it easier on the foreskin during stretching?

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First it is important to know how old the patient is! Please discuss this question with your doctor, as he or she will be able to help you determine the best treatment options depending on the situation. In very young male infants, a little phimosis is quite normal and does not necessarily need any treatment, as it tends to resolve all on its own. In some cases, mild stretching of the foreskin by the parent can aid this process along, although it is important to make sure the stretching is not overdone and that the foreskin is not retracted completely, as it may then be difficult to get back into position. In this scenario, creams and medications are typically not needed or used. Secondary phimosis, on the other hand, occurs when the foreskin was previously retractable and is no longer. This can occur most often due to scarring under the foreskin, usually from chronic infections. Stretching is helpful with secondary phimosis, but most doctors also prescribe a steroid cream to speed up the process. However, this steroid cream is not one that can be acquired over the counter, it requires a prescription. I would suggest that you discuss this issue in more detail with your doctor, who should be able to provide you with more advice and help you determine if a prescription is needed. Good luck!

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