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Can phimosis be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The only way to prevent phimosis is circumcision. Removing the foreskin ensures that it will never become so tight that it can't be pulled down beneath the tip of the penis. In uncircumcised males, phimosis that occurs naturally in small children cannot be prevented, nor should it. Injury-induced phimosis is also unlikely to be prevented, but there are steps that can be taken to lessen your chances of experiencing it. For one, avoid activities that might cause inflammation or irritation of the foreskin. Also, keep the foreskin clean to prevent infection. Finally, don't force the foreskin of a child to retract before it's ready to do so naturally because the scarring that results can cause phimosis.

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