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Information on tightness of the foreskin or phimosis. Learn what it is and how it is treated.

Key points

  • When the foreskin is too tight, it can close over the head of the penis (glans) causing a condition called phimosis.
  • Some boys are born with phimosis (physiological phimosis), which normally resolves on its own.
  • Some boys develop phimosis over time (pathological phimosis).
  • Pathological phimosis can be treated two ways: using topical steroids or undergoing a circumcision.
Last updated: June 5th 2012