What Is Pearly Penile Papules?

Pearly penile papules (PPP) is a common skin condition that is physically harmless and does not pose any health risk.

Pearly penile papules

So if you have penile papule there is nothing to worry about.

Just make sure you got penile papule but not genital warts, as warts are contagious sexually transmitted infection.

There is no health reason to have penile papules removed though some men prefer to do so for cosmetic or physiological reasons. Sometimes they disappear with time, i.e. without any treatment.

What Is Pearly Penile Papules?

Penile papules (hirsuties papillaris genitalis) are small bumps that form around the head of the penis. They are around 1-3 mm across and often appear in small rows... like a string of pearls (hence the name).

They are usually skin colored but can be pink, white, yellow or even translucent. Sometimes you have to pull the foreskin back to see them.

Penile papules are harmless skin condition. They are benign, i.e. non-cancerous growths, and do not cause any physical symptoms, i.e. no pain, itching, or irritation.

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How Do You Get Penile Papules?

There is no known cause for penile papules but they are quite common condition, usually estimated to be present in around quarter of all adult men.

Any man can develop penile papules, i.e. regardless of race and sexual preference. Uncircumcised men are though more likely to develop them. They are also more common in younger men (20-30s).

Penile papules are not sexually transmitted disease (STD) and not contagious, i.e. you cannot get or infect your sexual partner. Furthermore, penile papules have nothing to do with hygiene.

Is There Any Reason To Worry?

No, penile papules are harmless skin condition. It is however important to make sure you got penile papules, not something else, like genital warts.

You should always have any lumps or spots in your genital area checked out by a doctor... just in case

Pearly penile papules are perfectly harmless and there is nothing you could have done to prevent getting them. You may not like the look of them but they are nothing to be ashamed of, rather than of any other skin condition.

And you are not alone, lots of men have penile papules and live perfectly good and healthy sex life despite of them.

The best strategy may be to learn all you can about penile papules so you can explain what it is it to your sexual partner if needed. Most partners are likely to be understanding when they know the facts.

What Can You Do About Pearly Penile Papules?

There is no need to do anything about your penile papules. They are harmless skin condition and do not pose any health risk to you or your sexual partner.

Penile papules can disappear on its own, i.e. without any treatment. There are no guarantees but they can do.

However, if your penile papules are really causing you distress, then there are ways to remove them. You should see dermatologist to have them safely removed.

Don't use any home remedies or topical wart treatments unsupervised. It could make matters significantly worse. And never attempt to squeeze your penile papules, it could lead to scarring and possibly infection.

Penis health experts usually recommend leaving the penile papules alone and only recommend removal if they are causing the patient serious physiological distress