We received an email from a young member that took the time to explain his experience of meeting men and having Pearly penile papules.
His experience of ‘coming out’ to guys about his condition was very moving, so we thought we might be able to help him by educating members about Pearly penile papules. So, bumpy dickie, this post is for you.
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. They also tend to form in rows, like a string of pearls, which is where their name comes from.
There are no harmful effects other than some possible sensitivity that may be uncomfortable during sex or other activities.
Pearly penile papules are very common, especially among uncircumcised men in their twenties and thirties.
The reason pearly penile papules appear is unknown. But it is known that pearly penile papules are in no way related to sexual activity or bad hygiene. It is possible that the bumps will appear and disappear on their own. They are not infectious or contagious.
At first glance, they can be mistaken for a sexually transmitted disease, such as genital warts.
If you have pimple like structures either singularly or in clusters on the shaft of the penis or scrotum then this is not pearly penile papules. These may be something commonly known as ‘Fordyce Spots’ or ‘Sebaceous Prominence’.
Pearly penile papules should not be open wounds, should not weep and should not itch or cause any irritation. If you have bumps that do then they may not be pearly penile papules and you should seek medical attention.
Never pick at any bump on your penis as you can cause serious damage, scarring and infection.
Most studies suggest that a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is the best and most effective treatment for removal of these pearly penile papules.