Foreskin stenosis can cause inflammation, swelling, pain due to the accumulation of dirt in the urine and mucus of the urinary tract, which can lead to cancer in the long run.
Foreskin stenosis is an abnormality in the foreskin, common in those who cannot fully retract the foreskin, but require external influences such as hand or other impacts. Foreskin stenosis is a minor anatomical abnormality, but it can cause a lot of trouble for men.
Master, Doctor Phan Chi Thanh, Department of Examination, National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said that the foreskin could not be peeled off when going to the toilet, causing urine to remain. Urine contains many impurities and waste products, so it can cause inflammation of the entire foreskin area, creating conditions for bacteria and viruses to develop, increasing the risk of penile cancer… The narrow tip makes it difficult to clean the penis, making it easier for dirt to accumulate inside.
The majority of newborn boys (96%) have physiological narrowing of the foreskin. By the age of three, this rate gradually decreased to 10% and to 1% at 14 years of age. If the foreskin is over 5 years old, but the foreskin still cannot retract on its own, the child has a pathological stenosis, and needs to be examined soon at a specialized medical facility for the best remedy.
Children with narrow foreskin often have symptoms of difficulty urinating, having to push to inflate the foreskin, and passing urine rays. Young children often cry and blush from straining every time they urinate. Because the narrow part makes the urethra small, hindering urine output, the baby’s foreskin is often red and itchy. Even the urine is very cloudy and foul, in many cases, white milky cysts are seen in the glans area or the fibrous ring of the foreskin right at the urinary opening.
Therefore, when bathing, parents should clean and gradually remove the foreskin for their children. “In cases where dilation is not possible, circumcision is necessary to prevent the risk of infection and cancer,” the doctor said.
In the case of men with semi-narrowing of the foreskin, it means that the foreskin can normally still be pulled down, but when the penis is erect, it can’t be pulled back, it needs to be dilated or cut to avoid anemia. For those who can be circumcised normally, there is no indication for circumcision.
“The foreskin can be peeled off to clean, wash normally, there will be no problem at all and it is not necessary to be circumcised,” Thanh said.
Many people mistakenly believe that circumcision does not require the use of safety measures. However, circumcision or not is also associated with an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases. However, circumcision can leave lesions in place, there is a risk of infection if the procedure is not guaranteed. Circumcision can also reduce the sensitivity of the penis, leading to decreased pleasure during sex.
Doctors recommend circumcision is not a routine indication, should not be abused if you do not have problems. In case of needing circumcision, men need to choose reputable medical facilities to perform it. In particular, after dilating the foreskin of the child, parents must know how to take good care of them to avoid causing fibrous tissue of the foreskin.