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hi, for a while now i have had a tight foreskin which i can fully retract but with quite a lot of discomfort. i had a small tear in my foreskin a while ago and i think that it may of healed onto the head of my penis causing a tugging motion when i retract my foreskin! do i need a circumcision or is there something else that can be done? thanks

Asked by mark
10th June 2009 (in Health)

Tags: foreskin penis penis size circumcision

Response from Men's Sexual Health:

It appears that your foreskin injury has resulted in scarring possibly with a small amount of granulation, resulting in this tugging on your penis. Often, when a scar is formed, the skin can be tight and the scar tissue can be sensitive. Sometimes granulation can occur, which means there is an extra build up of cells during the healing process. When this occurs, the scar can be very sensitive and tight feeling. One way to work through this is with massage treatment. Use an emollient cream, such as aqueous cream, to massage the tight/scarred area, twice daily, to break down the scar and loosen the skin. This can take a long time, but with persistance, should provide relief. Please go speak to your gp if you have any further worries, but rest assured, you won't be told you need a circumcision on the first visit! Here is a link to a previous query ab out Phimosis, tightening of the foreskin, which may also be o use. http://www.wsmsh.org.uk/qa/showpost.php?id=143

I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact us with any further queries you may have.

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Answered by team member Mara
16th June 2010

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