Paraphimosis is a urological condition that occurs when an uncircumcised male's foreskin retracts and cannot be pulled back over the head of the penis. If the foreskin remains behind the head of the penis for too long, swelling and reduced blood flow may occur, which can be serious. Medical attention should be sought immediately when an individual develops paraphimosis.
Many situations can contribute to paraphimosis, including improper circumcision, injury to the genital area, infection, and failure to pull the foreskin over the tip of the penis after washing or urinating. Also, poor hygiene, repeated infections of the foreskin, and swelling as a result of an insect bite can lead to the condition. Less commonly, paraphimosis can develop as a result of vigorous sexual activity, penile piercing, or an overly constricting penile ring.
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