Pearly penile papules
If you're panicking about the small white spots that have appeared on your penis, breathe a sigh of relief - it's likely they are completely harmless.
What are these spots on my penis?
Pearly penile papules (PPP) are tiny, white, pin-head-sized spots that can form in rows around the neck end of a lad's knob (also known as the penis glands). They're commonly mistaken for a sexually transmitted infection such as genital warts, but are in fact entirely harmless. You can't pick them up or spread them. They also shouldn't itch, weep or bleed - and if they do, make sure you see your GP.
Why do I get them?
It is believed that PPPs are more common in uncircumsised men, and also men in their 20s and 30s, but this remains scientifically unproven. The fact is that no conclusive cause is known. PPP may look alarming to you, but other people are only going to notice if you make a big song and dance about it.
Is there a cure?
No treatment is required, because PPP is not hazardous to health (and under no circumstances should you attempt to remove them yourself). Even so, if you're worried in any way, don't hesitate to get checked out by your doctor or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic. Ultimately, a clean bill of health for your bell end is the only way to guarantee peace of mind.
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