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Ring of swelling below the head of the penis
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An_200480 posted:
Im 16 years old and im sexually active/masturbate.
All of a sudde one day there appears to be a ring of swelling, I am not circumsised. Its about half a centimeter down from the head (Glands?).
Wondering if it will go away, because I dont want to see the doctor becuause I was diagnosed with a varicocele in my left testicle area, but other than that I have no health issues at all.
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Eugenio311 responded:
What you describe is edema, which uncircumcised guys get when the foreskin is tight and has been retracted for a long period of time. Yes, it will go away. You might help it resolve faster if you sit in a tub of hot water (don't burn yourself) for a while. Remember to pull that foreskin forward over the head (glans) after you masturbate, if it doesn't go forward by itself. That edema (swelling) can get really bad if a guy has a tight foreskin and doesn't put it back in forward position, and it can become a medical emergency.


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