I had an interesting experience the other night.
As with most nights, I try to sleep with the foreskin pulled back, as this simulates a circumcision and helps keep irritants off the glans, but more importantly it keeps the penis dry. Keeping the penis dry is essential for healing balantis xo naturally.
So I did my usual night time routine – I retracted the foreskin, put on some Creme Complete and went to sleep.
When I woke up in the morning, I was really happy to see a very aggressive peeling happening. Possibly the most aggressive one I’ve seen. Thick flakes of skin were falling off and pink skin showed underneath. But I did notice something funny about my foreskin. It looked a little bit puffy. I didn’t really think too much about it and just went on with my day.
It was only after I’d gone to the bathroom and I pulled the foreskin forward that I noticed it was full of water. It had swollen up during the night!
I thought back to the night, and had memory flashes of my rolling onto my stomach and feeling pressure on my penis. I also remember experiencing several nocturnal erections, which can further put pressure on the foreskin, especially if your sleeping with your body weight on it.
I prodded at it for a couple of minutes and wondered what to do. Do I need to go the doctor? But once I calmed down I realized it was just some swelling. I’ve had swelling many times before, especially from wrestling, and I know that it always subsides on its own after 2-3 days.
Luckily by the night time it had completely gone back to normal. Pheww!
So if any of you do retract the foreskin before you sleep (as recommended in my healing balantis xo guide and wake up with a swollen foreskin, know that there’s no need to panic. Just pull the foreskin forward and it should come back to normal within 24 hours.