Diagnosis is made on clinical examination.
Application of low-dose steroid creams such as 1% Hydrocortisone or Bethamethasone to the foreskin tip twice daily over a period of one month. Success rate is approximately 70%.
Once the foreskin is found to be retractile, the application of the steroid cream can be stopped. Parents are then encouraged to continue retracting the foreskin daily at bath times.
Surgery to remove the skin covering the tip of the penis is called Circumcision
This procedure can be done as a Day-case one and is usually done under general anaesthesia. It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to do and there will be 'dissolvable' stitches in the wound. They would take about 2 to 3 weeks to dissolve.