I have always had a tight foreskin, but until about a year ago I was able to fully retract it while my penis was flaccid. Since then, it has become tighter, I could pull it back but it would not retract all the way or go right over the head- in time, I seem to have developed a hard, white ring of skin around the inside of my foreskin near the tip that has made it even tighter, and while I am experiencing no problems with passing water or other functions (that I know of) the opening is now very small and I can hardly retract my foreskin at all.
I have not seen a doctor as I just assumed this might be to do with my getting older (naive at best) but now I am starting to worry, I confided in a friend and he threw the name balanitis xerotica obliterans at me and suggested I see a doctor.
I am going to arrange this shortly, I just wondered if these symptoms sound familiar, and what treatments are available. I regularly clean, and have tried various methods after some suggestions it could be dry smegma, but its not gone anywhere in a while- I'd rather avoid circumcision, will that be possible?