Foreskin Problems Topic Guide
Foreskin Problems: Two conditions commonly occur with the foreskin of the penis of an uncircumcised or improperly circumcised boy or man, phimosis and paraphimosis. Causes of phimosis include infection, poor hygiene, and foreskin injury. Symptoms of phimosis include difficulty urinating, pain with urination, blood in the urine, or penile pain. Symptoms of paraphimosis include penile pain and penile discoloration. Treatment of foreskin problems depend on the cause.
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Circumcision Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the fold of skin at the end of the penis. Circumcision is usually done in infancy, allowing the patient to avoid further medical problems later in life and practice better hygiene. It is often done for cultural reasons, notably in the Jewish community. Opponents of circumcision argue that it unecessarily exposes babies to surgical risks and people should have autonomy over their own bodies