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Does phimosis affect children differently than adults?

Phimosis occurring in infants at birth is natural and expected. The foreskin serves to protect the penis early in life and cannot be retracted right away. Boys usually develop a fully movable foreskin by the time they are five years old. Typically there are few negative side effects from phimosis in boys, although some difficulty urinating can lead to urinary tract infections. Phimosis striking adults is much rarer. Because these cases are not natural and are often caused by skin irritation or inflammation, adult phimosis tends to have more negative health effects associated with it. Its impact on sexual function can be problematic, for instance. As such, phimosis in adults tends to be treated medically more often than occurrences in infants.

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