Spots on Penis: Most Common Causes

The appearance of spots on penis isn’t necessarily caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It’s normal for spots to occasionally appear on penis. This article details out the different penile spots, what they mean, and when to see your doctor.

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The most common penis spots

Spots on the penis can be disturbing most of the time. These spots can range from septic spots to itchy sores. Here are the most common penis spots.

Fordyce spots

Fordyce spots are tiny white or yellow harmless spots on your penis. These spots are located on the head of the penis or the shaft. They may appear more conspicuous if your skin is brown or black. They’re minute sebaceous glands and are just part of the natural structure of many penises. Many men also have them around their lips. Fordyce spots are not sexually transmitted.

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Septic spots

These spots are like pimples on your penis, which is commonly found in young adults. If septic spots persists for more than a week, consult your doctor. Just the way pimples can appear on the face and other parts of the body, it can also appear on the penis. This is not a serious matter and no treatment is required. Try to abstain from sex until it disappears.

Genital warts

Genital warts are pink, brown or black spots on your penis that are transmitted by sexual contact. Genital warts are mainly caused by one of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which like living in warm, moist parts of the human body. They are transmitted during vaginal, oral or anal sex.

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Depending on the colour of your skin, they may appear pink, brown, ivory, or black. Treatment is either by application of special paints or creams, or else by removing the wart altogether with an electric probe or laser. Genital warts are practically painless, however, you must avoid sexual intercourse until your treatment is complete and the warts have cleared up.

Pearly papules

Pearly papules are small harmless bumps on your penis that require no treatment. Pearly penile papules are very small bumps, the same colour as your skin, but with a pearly appearance. They usually appear around the head of the penis in a row. They are not sexually transmitted, and they don’t need any treatment. But you can have them removed if you want.

Molluscum contagiosum

These are tiny, pink or brown dome-shaped, pearly lumps that mostly require no treatment, because the spots disappear on their own after some months. Though you have to abstain from sexual intercourse until spots clear out. If they are squeezed, a pus like substance comes out.

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus that is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. Most children develop the spots, often on their chests or sides, after playing with other kids.

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Hair follicles

Hair follicles are small hair bumps that require no treatment. Most men have quite a few hairs growing around the base of the penis. Often, the hairs extend some distance up the underside of the penis. Human hairs grow out of a tiny pit, called a follicle. Frequently, the follicles on the penis may protrude out.

Tropical venereal diseases

These appear as small brownish or pink bumps on the penis. Tropical venereal diseases have same appearance as the lump caused by syphilis. People mostly at risk are those who have had sex with someone from a tropical region. You can consult your doctor for proper diagnosis.


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