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Question: 9 yr old penile discomfort


 karyn - Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:37 am

After urination, my 9 year old uncircumsized son says that his penis won't "go down". He keeps his hand in his pants so that his penis won't rub against his underwear. After about 20 minutes, all is normal again. There is no sign of infection, no redness, no pain.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:48 pm

User avatar Hi Karyn,

You may want to clarify with him what he means by won't go down. If he means he has an erection following urination this would be considered normal and not concerning. If this is the case you may just need to explain this to him.

If, by chance, he is saying that his foreskin balloons up when urinating and takes a while to go back down this may be a sign of a tight foreskin that may require treatment. The concern would be that the opening of the foreskin may be tight and get trapped behind the head of the penis causing the blood flow to be cut off. If this happens an emergent circumcision is needed. Treatment for this condition includes circumcision or a topical high potency steroid can be applied twice a day to the tip for about a month. This can soften the skin and allow it to stretch normally.

Best wishes.

Best wishes.

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