What Is A Foreskin?
The foreskin is a hood-like roll of thin and flexible double-layered skin tissue covering the glans (head or tip) of the penis and the urinary meatus (the urethra’s external opening). It is a stretchy mobile section of the penile skin, that can retract to expose the glans and can return to its original position and can serve as a natural lubricant.
The foreskin is made up of neurons, blood vessels, mucous membranes, and muscular tissues, all interlinked in its skin, and serves as a protection for the glans. It can also be called “prepuce”, a general medical term for genital coverings like the clitoral hood in women.
Not all males have a foreskin; some have theirs removed through circumcision at birth. Circumcision can be done for religious, cultural, aesthetic, or medical reasons.
If your foreskin is still in place, you have to properly take care of it in order not to have health issues that may become uncomfortable and lead to complications. One of such issues is the swelling of the foreskin, which we will be discussing.
What Is A Swollen Foreskin?
A <swollen foreskin, which can be referred to as “posthitis“, is a penile health condition that occurs when the foreskin is inflamed, increases in size, and becomes red, tender, and sensitive. It can become sore and very itch, causing severe penile discomfort.
The causes of the swollen foreskin can include some of the following:
Symptoms of swollen foreskin include:
Consult With Your Doctor
A discussion with your medical adviser can help you know the cause of your swollen foreskin probably through physical examination and some tests. Knowing the cause will help your doctor decide which treatment method is best for your condition.
According to the cause and symptoms of the swelling, your doctor may recommend the following treatment for posthitis:
Measures To Take
When treating swollen foreskin, you may need to take the following steps to enable a better result. They include: