Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin on an uncircumcised penis will not retract. For children, this is normal. Effective retraction does not occur until a male becomes older, for most between the ages of 5 to 18. Scar tissue can form that interferes with movement of the foreskin. In these cases, stretching exercises may elevate the problem. If there is bleeding or pain, talk to your doctor before trying to retract the foreskin any farther.
Step into the shower. The exercise should be performed while showering to allow moisture to work as a lubricant.
Place your thumb and forefinger on each side of the penis after wetting it in the shower.
Slide the foreskin back gently. The goal is to move the foreskin back as far as possible without pain. Perform the exercise up to 10 times or more each time you take a shower. Full retraction may take time.
Repeat the exercise every day in the shower until the foreskin stretches enough to expose the glans at the end of the penis.
Your doctor may want you to use betamethasone cream in addition to stretching. Follow the instructions on the cream for proper application. In most cases, you apply a small amount of cream under the foreskin while retracting, twice a day.
Do not force the foreskin back, especially on a child. It is normal for the foreskin not to retract on babies and young boys. Forcing the skin back may cause damage and lead to infection. If you are concerned, see your pediatrician for advice. If you see blood or feel pain or if the foreskin becomes inflamed, see a doctor for treatment. If you are using a cream, itching and rash may be a sign of allergic reaction. Discontinue use and see your doctor.