Should I worry about penis pimples?

man-legs-over-waterPimples on the penis can be just pimples, like spots on the face, or they can be signs of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or just a normal occurrence.

What cause pimples on penis?

STDs: If you have never had sex, you almost certainly don’t have an STI. However, if you recently had sex without a condom, the pimples could be a sign of STIs like genital warts, syphilis, chancroid or genital herpes such as HPV (human papillomavirus), which can cause genital warts that are either raised or flat, white orflesh-colored, and usually don't itch or burn. Less common is MCV (molluscum contagiosum virus), which is related to the pox family of viruses and appears as clustered, whitish bumps with a central indentation. Both conditions often require removal by a topical treatment or surgical procedure. Herpes may also show up as bumps, bite-like pimples or a crusty rash with no physical discomfort, though it more often manifests as sores or blisters that do itch and burn.

Penis pimples – what is normal

On the other hand, however, keep in mind that penile skin is often bumpy and lumpy, so it's possible that you're simply having your lower landscape. The bumps on your penis could also be sebaceous cysts of hair follicles or an allergic reaction, both of which are harmless and noncontagious and should be left alone. Or, the raised surfaces could be pearly penile papules, which often appear as one or two rings of small "pearly" or domelike bumps that form around the glans (the head) of the penis and are also nothing to worry about.

In addition, pearly penile papules are common; there may be only a few lesions on the penis, or they may be abundant. These are normal glands, typically located around the corona of the glans penis. They seem to develop more prominently during the teenage years and can be alarming. Although they will never disappear completely, they do become less noticeable with increasing age. Patients often request treatment for cosmetic reasons, but this is not recommended.

Finally, since it's impossible to determine what the bumps are without a medical diagnosis, you should immediately get checked out by a doctor while the bumps are still visible. Until then, your best bet is to play it safe and avoid contact with your partner’s genitals (even with a condom) until you get a clean bill of health, please go to the clinic immediately. Most STIs are easily cured if you treat them quickly.