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Doctor insights on: Pearly Penile Papules Treatment

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Dr. James Krick
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Pearly Penile Papules (Definition)

These are a normal anatomic variation seen in younger, usually uncircumcised men. They appear as tiny pink or tan bumps along the corona (ridge) of the glans (head) of the penis. They are frequently mistaken for genital warts, but are not related to any sexually transmitted disease, and ...Read more


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Are pearly penile papules contagious?

Are pearly penile papules contagious?

No they are not: They are a normal finding, more prominent in uncircumcised men & harmless ...Read more

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I have hirsuties papillaris genitalis aka pearly penile papules?

I have hirsuties papillaris genitalis aka pearly penile papules?

Pearly papules: Pearly penile papules are tiny bumps that ring the rim of the penis head. They are typically flesh-colored or a little lighter and have a smooth dome shape. Interestingly, they also seem to form in organized rows, like a string of pearls. There are no harmful effects other than some possible sensitivity that may be uncomfortable during sex or other activities. ...Read more

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How to treat pearly penile papules?

How to treat pearly penile papules?

Don't treat: Pearly penile papules are normal and do not require treatment. There are several ways to destroy them, but you might like the cosmetic result even less than the current situation. We've all seen someone who has obviously had too much plastic surgery, right? Don't do that to your penis! ...Read more

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Are Fordyce spots and pearly penis papules caused by masturbation?

Are Fordyce spots and pearly penis papules caused by masturbation?

Fordyce Spots: Medical experts believe that these tiny bumps are caused by sebum, which is the skin's natural oil. This natural oil is trapped in the sebaceous glands that do not have hair. In normal cases, sebaceous glands open up into hair follicles and the natural oil is secreted through the airshaft. However, sometimes there is no hair and thus no way to discharge this natural body oil. ...Read more

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Would toothpaste get rid of pearly penile papules?

Would toothpaste get rid of pearly penile papules?

Only use in mouth: Toothpaste should only be used in your mouth on your teeth. Using toothpaste on the skin can cause rashes and irritations. ...Read more

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Pearly penile papulus and hirsuties papillaris genitalis, hirsuties coronae glandis. Are they the same?

Pearly penile papulus and hirsuties papillaris genitalis, hirsuties coronae glandis. Are they the same?

Pearly papules: Pearly penile papules are tiny bumps that ring the rim of the penis head. They are typically flesh-colored or a little lighter and have a smooth dome shape. Interestingly, they also seem to form in organized rows, like a string of pearls. There are no harmful effects other than some possible sensitivity that may be uncomfortable during sex or other activities. They are the same. ...Read more

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White spots on penile glans? Warts?

White spots on penile glans? Warts?

Not a podiatry ?: You need to direct this to your family doctor. ...Read more

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How are pearly penile papules treated, does it require surgery?

How are pearly penile papules treated, does it require surgery?

Not necessary: Ppp are benign bumps around the periphery of the glans penis. They are more common than you think (just not necessarily talked about at the gym or over coffee) and do not require treatment. I have had a few patients insist on treatment as they were self conscious about the appearance and thought that sexual partners may mistake them as genital warts. Co2 laser has been successful in these cases. ...Read more

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How can I cure pearly penile papules (ppp) at home easily?

How can I cure pearly penile papules (ppp) at home easily?

Not easy or needed.: Doesn't need treatment. It is not a skin disorder- just a normal variation. There is no method of removing these that you won't later regret. ...Read more

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Can pearly penile papules be removed with a laser (without scarring)?

Can pearly penile papules be removed with a laser (without scarring)?

Shouldnt disfigure: Appropriate laser treatment is both effective and minimally injurious to the treated tissues. If the papules bother the person affected the treatment should provide significant physical and psychological benefit. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pearly penile papules and tyson's glands?

Not much: The glands are tiny spots with cheezy material which can be extracted. The papules are solid.Both are tiny, benign, & best left alone. ...Read more

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Inflamed penile papules, what to do?

Inflamed penile papules, what to do?

See your doctor: for proper diagnosis and treatment. It's hard to make a diagnosis on this platform without seeing a photo. If you are a HealthTap Prime member, you can also request a consult with one of us through that. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat my ppp (pearly penile papules?

Nothing : They are a variant of normal in 30% of men. So it's considered normal. Only way to get riid of them is with surgery - laser or conventional. ...Read more

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What could a pearly penile papule be?

What could  a pearly penile papule be?

Angiofibromas: Common harmless growths of collagen and tiny blood vessels. ...Read more

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What ointment need for penile papules?

What ointment need for penile papules?

Let me explain: Pearly penile papules does not pose any serious health risks to people and while this is the case, a vast majority of those who have it are driven by the desire to get rid of it. Application of Alpha hydroxy acid cream of low concentration of aha may be applied over the affected area without spreading outside, 2 – 3 times a day. By continuing the treatment for a few days, the bumps will fall. ...Read more

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Could penile papule grow longer?

Could penile papule grow longer?

Probably not ...: After becoming an adult, the size of pearly penile papules along the corona of glans penis will remain the same at around 1-3 mm and not grow bigger. ...Read more

Penile (Definition)

This is a combining form referencing the penis and used when describing some condition of this organ such as penile inflammation, penile ...Read more


Small Skin Bumps (Definition)

Skin is the outermost tissue on the body. A bump is an area of skin that is raised. A small skin bump is a small raised ...Read more