Phimosis History

What is Phimosis

Phimosis refers to the tightening of the foreskin to several degrees making retraction of the foreskin difficult or not possible. It therefore, starts creating trouble in hygiene and sexual activity. The disorder may be congenital but may also surface at any time throughout life, generally as a complication of inflammation of the foreskin.

History of Phimosis

If a few of accords is to be believed, due to phimosis, Louis XVI of France could not impregnate his wife, Marie Antoinette, for the initial seven years of their marriage. Marie Antoinette was 14 and Louis was 15 years of age when they married in the year 1770. Nevertheless, the presence and anatomy of his genital was not considered certain, and some scholars said that surgical treatment would have been mentioned in the records of his medical treatments if it had occurred.

In yet another citation US President James Garfield was murdered by Charles Guiteau in 1881. The postmortem report of Guiteau manifested that he had phimosis. At the time, this resulted in the speculation that Guiteau's murderous demeanor was resultant of phimosis-induced insanity.

Purpose of Phimosis

Phimosis is the condition where foreskin is retracted, causing lot of mental trauma, interfering in cleanliness, physical disorder and sexual inability. To get rid of all these disorders and allow the patient to lead a happy, healthy and satisfactory life phimosis is treated which is the only purpose of phimosis treatment.

Types of Phimosis

Types of phimosis may include - physiologic, pathologic and paraphimosis.

Physiologic Phimosis: It is an outcome of the foreskin complying with the glans (head) of the penis. Physiologic phimosis may eliminate itself over time, as the male ages. Complete retractability may not be possible until the teenage phase. No treatment is required.

Pathologic Phimosis: A common reason of pathologic phimosis is BXO (balantis xerotic obliterans), which is a skin type that affects the genital area. It is considered that between 4% and 6% of boys experiences this condition by the age of fifteen. Pathological phimosis in a male genital have experienced once retracting foreskin caused by chemical irritation (bubble baths), abnormal masturbatory methods (forcibly pushing back the foreskin) and even poor hygiene. Pathologic phimosis requires treatment which may range from topical steroid creams, stretching the skin and eventually surgery.

Paraphimosis is usually a temporary condition that can eliminate by gently bringing the foreskin back into position. In some events, fluid becomes trapped in the skin and it requires emergency medical assistance.  Treatment may be as easy as manually manipulating the foreskin or as serious as a vertical incisions to free and loosen the restricting coil of skin.