You have claimed that the "urologist" whom you consulted stated that "the steroid cream was only used in case of infection".
Are you sure
that is what he said? That is particularly important because if true, this doctor has declared that he is not medically competent
to give advice.
The reason is - that steroids (topical steroids, that is, applied to the skin and steroids in general) are not only inappropriate
in the presence of infection, but infection is the situation where they would not
in themselves, be used.
A reasonable summary is this article
, and there are many like it if you search on "topical steroid infection", with particular reference to the paragraph "Local side-effects" where it states:
"The skin may also bruise more easily and become more susceptible to infection.
For this reason topical steroids should never be used to treat inflamed skin that is also infected, unless the infection is also being treated."
Note that it also mentions "Probably the most well known is thinning of the skin (atrophy), which sometimes results in permanent stretch marks (striae)". The interesting point here is that this "side effect" - "thinning of the skin" is precisely
the reason that it can be used to facilitate stretching, so in this instance, you actually want
to use it in a manner somewhat contrary to the "normal" recommendations and use it for as long as necessary
to achieve the desired effect.
Not that, however, we actually advise that you should
actually use the steroid ointment (note the section "Should I use cream or ointment?" where it explains that "Creams are better for moist, weeping areas of skin, while ointments are most suitable for drier, scaly areas" and while your foreskin is not scaly, it is clearly not generally "moist and weeping"), but that it represents an option
if stretching appears to be particularly difficult having followed
all the other recommendations as we describe here
including stretching methodically
Of course it does not surprise us that the urologist - essentially a surgeon - (incorrectly) advises a surgical
remedy, since that is where he makes his money by and large.
But of course
stretching (with or without the steroid) works; if it did not, people would explode or shed their skin like a snake when they became obese, or even as they grew. That you do not hear of this conclusively proves - skin grows
to accommodate the need to stretch. It should be explained however that the important word is - grows
. What you are actually
doing when you stretch, is to require
the skin to grow, by "telling" it it will have to cover a larger area, and this not surprisingly, takes time
- weeks or perhaps months.
And so the warning: Stretching does not
work - if you do not actually do it
To perform the stretching, you will have to stretch a number
of times each day for significant time
(at least five or ten minutes, though any
shorter opportunity in addition
is worth doing) and with few exceptions, every
day. Insofar as many
people are simply not capable of this degree of dedication, the "urologist" may be correct to a degree in saying that "circumcision was the only course of action" and where someone is sufficiently daft to believe that actually having no
foreskin could somehow be better than one that merely does not retract, they suffer accordingly (and he profits).