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Is phimosis serious?

Phimosis is generally not considered very serious. In fact, infants are expected to be born with the condition. If not circumcised, small children typically outgrow phimosis by the time they're five years old. Nonetheless, because the foreskin can't be lowered beneath the tip of the penis, some boys can experience troublesome symptoms from the condition, including difficulty urinating. This can include swelling of the foreskin and a weak stream during urination, which can lead to urinary tract infections. Cases of phimosis that don't occur naturally at birth tend to have more serious symptoms like these. Adult outbreaks of phimosis can also hinder sexual intercourse.

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