Posted by: sabelo | 2008/09/15



My grandson who is three years old woke this morning with a swollen retracted foreskin. The portion that should be circumcised is swollen right round.

On hhis clinic card they have written paraphimosis or pangril penis.It has been recommended that we take him to Baragwanath Hospital tomorrow.

He does not complain whenever he is relieving himself. There's a small pimple as well on the swollen foreskin.

Please advise.

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Dear Sabelo
The problem is that the foreskin can swell so tightly that it causes reduced blood flow to the tip of the penis. This could be a medical emergency. One should try to reduce the swelling and slip the foreskin back over the tip of the penis if possible. A way to do this is by squeezing the front part firmly by wrapping your hand around the penis for a few minutes to reduce the swelling. After a few minutes try to slip the foreskin back over the tip. If not possible it may be necessary to do a medical circumcision. The pimple could be an infection - you can try to put Bactroban ointment on this area.
dr Bets

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