What is paraphimosis?
Paraphimosis is a serious condition that can happen only in men and children who have not been circumcised. Paraphimosis means that the foreskin is stuck behind the glans and cannot be pulled back down to a normal position.
What is the cause of paraphimosis?
Sometimes uncircumcised men pull the foreskin back during intercourse, when they go to the bathroom or when they clean the organ. Also during examination doctors and nurses pull the foreskin back of the organ or put in a catheter.
Sometimes you, a doctor or nurse might forget to pull the foreskin back down. If the foreskin remains behind the organ head too long, the penis may swell so much that the foreskin is trapped behind it.
What if I have paraphimosis?
Usually, paraphimosis causes pain in the organ, but not always. You also may have an infection in the genitals and you may not be able to go to the bathroom at all. If you cannot pull the foreskin over the glans, you should call your doctor immediately.
The first thing your doctor will do is to treat the swelling. This can be done by pressing the genital with one hand or molded to the organ with a bandage. After the swelling has disappeared, your doctor should be able to pull the foreskin back down. If the foreskin remains stuck, your doctor may need to make a small slit in the foreskin to release trapped.
What can I do to avoid paraphimosis?
- After intercourse, using the toilet or cleaning, make sure to pull the foreskin back down to its normal position.
- Never leave the foreskin behind the head of the organ for longer than necessary.
- If you put a catheter into the bladder, then check to make sure the foreskin covering the glans.