With the increase of public health awareness, more and more people ask about foreskin, and even some parents bring their children to request foreskin surgery early. What is the function of this thin skin and under what circumstances does it need surgery?
The foreskin is the skin of the penis folded into two layers at the penis head. It's not a physical problem. Now it has proved its important physiological function. Like the eyelids protecting the eyes, the foreskin protects the penis head, keeping it soft, moist and sensitive, while maintaining a certain temperature of the penis head, regulating the pH balance and cleaning effect. Immune function: the prepuce gland and the plasma cells of the prepuce mucosa can secrete bacteriolytic enzymes, Langerhans and Les cells, immunoglobulins and other anti-bacterial and viral components to prevent infection.
Many infants and young children have long foreskin, and the glans and external orifice of urethra cannot be exposed, which is called physiological phimosis. With the development of puberty, the penis becomes larger and longer, the prepuce naturally recedes, and the penis head and urethral orifice are also exposed. Therefore, most children do not need to undergo circumcision in a hurry. If the prepuce mouth is still narrow in adulthood, or the prepuce adheres to the penis head, or the prepuce cannot turn up to expose the urethral orifice or the penis head, it can be diagnosed as "phimosis". The prepuce can turn over the glans, but the prepuce mouth is small and covers the external orifice of the urethra, which is called the prepuce is too long
Generally speaking, phimosis needs surgical treatment, and the length of prepuce depends on the situation. Frequently propagated bacteria cause balanitis, and the secretion and accumulation seriously form foreskin scale. If necessary, surgical treatment will cause long-term chronic inflammation and foreskin scale stimulation, leading to serious lesions. For married men, too long foreskin may also cause candida infection in their partners, resulting in vaginitis, cervicitis and other gynecological diseases, which should also be treated as soon as possible.