What is lice (phimosis)?

The foreskin is attached to the head of the penis. It is a normal condition, it is present in 96% of newborn babies. However, since this adhesion narrows the opening at the tip of the foreskin, it makes it difficult for the baby to urinate and may cause it to become infected. It is wrong for families to try to open it. This physiological adhesion will open spontaneously over time. The inner surface secretions of the foreskin and the occasional spontaneous hardening in the baby will enable the opening. When puberty is completed, opening is complete.

In infants with lice, the normally secreted fluid leaks out in a very small amount. It is impossible to see or notice this. However, in some babies, the stenosis does not allow this fluid to flow. Liquid accumulates inside. Later, this liquid thickens and becomes cheesy. The cheesy structures come together to form cysts. It can be seen as swelling from the outside. (During the circumcision process, we open the stenosis and clean the cheesy formations).

The exhaustion can result in two important situations.

The first can cause severe stenosis and cause trouble in the baby’s urination. Families may notice that the baby has difficulty peeing, writhing or crying. In some babies, it can be seen that the penis is swollen and almost ballooned. If the follow-up and treatment is not done properly, it can cause serious damage. The complete and permanent treatment is circumcision.

The second is inflammation of cheesy formations. The foreskin reddens, swells and there is a yellow watery discharge from the head of the penis. The baby becomes restless and cannot pee comfortably. In this case, treatment with drugs and creams can be tried first, but the permanent and complete treatment is circumcision.

The louse should never be tried to peel back. When forcefully pulled backwards, it sits in the groove below the glans and can block blood flow to the penis, causing gangrene and organ loss. It is a very important condition and requires immediate intervention.

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