My foreskin has a small amount of scar tissue just below the very tip of it. When flaccid, I can pull back about half way before the minor scarring (indicated by whitish skin) prevents me from going any further comfortably.
Will a steroid cream help thin out the constrictive tissue and eventually allow for it to stretch in due time? Has anyone successfully stretched part of scarred foreskin? How long did it take to be able to pull back fully and clean properly while flaccid?
I am rather confident that the tissue is indicative of scarring rather than lichens sclerosis (I understand the deprecated term is BXO?). Of course, I will still arrange to have it checked somehow via a dermatologist if progress cannot be seen.
Have you had a cut in that area? Any surgical procedures? Is the spot white all the time, or just when you attempt to stretch it? Is the white spot concentrated to a certain area? How large is it?
Scars stretch. When a baby is circumcised, there is a resultant scar which circles his penis. At the time of birth, the diameter is about 1cm. By adulthood, the diameter grows to about 3cm. that equates to a three-fold increase in the length of the scar. If scars did not stretch, the penis at adulthood would be strangled by the scar, creating a bottleneck effect just behind the glans. That should put a stop to claims of opponents of stretching on other websites, which is where I'm guessing you got the idea.
You said there is a limitation. Is there pain also?
This message has been edited by jimsplacetofixthings on Mar 11, 2009 5:36 PM
Technically, LS is the only cause of scarring except as a consequence of trauma or infection (including fungal/ yeast notably Candida). So if it were actual scarring it pretty much would have to be one of those three.
Usually, the correct steroid ointment will reduce scarring from any cause. For LS this would be the only way to manage it as it is a continuing and progressive disease process. If caused by Candida, then treatment for that is necessary prior to and in addition to the steroid. And for scarring following trauma, the steroid is not absolutely necessary, but would help a lot.
See my comments elsewhere _ I really cannot give any "guarantee" regarding time, I merely state that the correct treatment will eventually achieve the desired end (depending on all factors involved).
This message has been edited by jimsplacetofixthings on Mar 11, 2009 5:35 PM
... but you are using the formula for the area enclosed within the ring - literally the area of the "face" of the glans rather than the circumference.
Mind you, I have - perhaps when half asleep - become confused about this relationship myself. Approximating pi as 3.14 (close enough, for a penis), 1 cm diameter is 3.14 cm circumference, whilst 3 cm diameter is 9.42 cm circumference, only a threefold ratio.
People who are intrigued about the girth of their penis (as happened on one old forum at FatherMag) generally understand that it is easier to measure girth (circumference) with a tape measure than to assess diameter.
I was half asleep too with the work schedule I've been keeping. Thanks for the reminder of something I learned 50 years ago.
Re: Stretching a scarred foreskin
March 10 2009, 2:25 PM
Thank you both for the replies.
Some background and history behind my problem: I think the cause of the scarring (if I'm right in my observations) is caused by trauma. Before I hit puberty, I vaguely recall being able to fully retract my foreskin when flaccid while experimenting with it. I very rarely retracted it at this age because I was told absolutely nothing about genital hygiene. A few years ago, I accidentally pulled the foreskin too far and too quickly while in the shower, and a few cuts developed. The foreskin then became very tight as the cuts healed. This was when I was about 15 years old. It is also when I turned to the Internet for answers and found out I had a problem.
1 year later at 16, the foreskin had greatly improved. I was able to expose the top part of the glans but I noticed that some minor scars had formed near the tip of the foreskin. I figured it would continue to improve and eventually it would be fixed. Now at 17, I've noticed that the situation is pretty much the same as it was a year ago.
I must also point out that the tip of the foreskin can be somewhat dry unless I apply some moisturizing cream. I've read that dryness can be indicative of a yeast infection, but I'm not feeling any itching or smelling anything abnormal. I think it may just be regular dry skin, as I do tend to get dry skin this time of year.
Description: The suspect tissue is a small amount of whitish skin. It is distinctively white without stretching. It starts with an amalgamation and thins out into a very thin, circumferent line which becomes white during stretching. It is located on the dorsal part of the foreskin, just below the ridged band. When I try to retract, I notice that this band of toughened skin is stopping me from going past half retraction while flaccid. It also gives a "choked" look to the glans at this point. There is no pain and I could probably pull back behind the corona with some effort, although I would end up with paraphimosis if I did.
Current treatment: I'm applying betamethasone cream .05% twice daily (afternoon and before bed). I stretch for about 10 minutes after work and 15 minutes at night. I also pull back as far as I can conformable go while passing water. Anything else I should be doing? Will the type of cream I'm using be effective?
I hope I've given enough information to confirm that what I'm seeing is stretchable scar tissue. I'm really not wanting to end up in surgery for something that seems to be fixable at home!
The cream is correct, although Paul will tell you ointment is better. For now, use what you have. It should help you. The only recommendation is to try working in a morning routine if you can. How long have you done this so far? Any progress yet? Generally, within two to three days, you can feel the skin loosen up a bit. Don't get discouraged if it takes a little longer. Just keep doing it. Remember, no pain for gain in this case.
I'm concerned about the cuts you suffered. Healthy skin just won't do that unless you're a bigger tiger than I'm imagining. Yes, yeast could have been present, and it may still be there. Try treating for it as well. Paul can advise on compatibility of anti-fungal with the steroid.
Re: No need for surgery
March 10 2009, 6:55 PM
Yes, I'll certainly try to get a morning routine going to bring up the total amount of daily exercises to 3.
I've been using the cream for 2 days now, and have been applying it twice daily. I try to use a small amount, just enough to take care of the tight part. I also like to massage it in properly in order to avoid having the cream accidentally getting on my glans and thinning that out as well!
As for those cuts: I think their development might have been facilitated by general roughness around the foreskin. Back then, I would wipe the foreskin quite vigorously with coarse tissue paper out of fear of getting any amount of urine, no matter how small, in my trousers. I've obviously stopped doing that now and the foreskin is no longer irritated like it was back then. Once again, lack of information regarding health "down there" was the culprit.
Of course, I won't rule out infection. It's quite possible that the cuts were indeed caused by a yeast infection which I might still even have. Unfortunately, I can't quite diagnose that myself properly. I can only guess that there is no infection. I wouldn't mind trying some anti-fungal products just in case, as long it doesn't cause any ill effects in the event that the infection is not present.
Cuts (fissures) do indeed involve some reparative scar tissue formation immediately adjacent to the fissure itself, which does retract as a natural part of healing - unless regularly stretched during the healing process. This implies that experiencing fissures during stretching is not a reason to stop or avoid stretching - it is actually a good time to do so, but to reduce the force of stretching a little.
Fissures that occur without a pain warning beforehand do suggest unhealthy skin in some form. A standard remedy for dry skin is urea cream - there is plenty of urea in urine (peeing on dry and cracked skin areas on the feet, legs, arms and hands or elsewhere is a standard folk remedy), and there is surely no shortage of that on the foreskin, so "dry skin" on the foreskin is much less likely than elsewhere even if you do have such a tendency. Nevertheless, an emollient and protective preparation (such as my perennial favourite, Zinc and Castor Oil cream) may well improve matters by inhibiting any fungus/ yeast present.
Betamethasone 0.05% ("½ strength") is fine. It may be a good idea to use some clotrimazole or similar with it just in case there is some yeast behind all this. There is no likely compatibility problem.
Anything else? Don't forget the lengthwise stretch for the frænulum.
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