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Jul 29 2009

Can I get rid of penile pearly papules?

Posted at 8:33 pm under Penile Warts,Photos

Can I get rid of penile pearly papules?

Pearly penile papules are small raised nodules (bumps), usually 1-2 mm in size, which are located around the rim of the penis head in the form of string of pearls.  Usually developing during adolescence, they have been reported in up to 35% of males. Uncircumcised men are more likely to have pearly penile papules.  Very often these lesions are confused with genital warts, although there is no known link between warts and pearly penile papules.

Pearly penile papules are NOT cancer and are NOT spread via contact or sex. Most men with penile papules do not seek medical treatment.

Men do not need to have them removed but some men feel uncomfortable having spots or dots on the penis.  Some men are worried that a partner my not have sex with them because they look like warts or other sexually transmitted bumps such as herpes.

Many treatment methods have been tried, including circumcision and freezing. But these methods had proven to be either ineffective or have side effects.

Until recently,burning and carbon dioxide laser were considered the most effective treatment options.

Radiofrequency surgery was introduced into dermatology, it became a great option to remove unwanted papules effectively, safely, and with no scarring or bleeding.  Originally used to remove papules on the nose or other small bumps radiofrequency removal is an effect technique.   Because radiofrequency uses radio waves and not electricity, there is less damage to surrounding tissue and its small and light hand-piece allows for more precise and complete removal.

Usually one treatment is enough to remove all penile papules.

Treatment area is numbed with lidocaine cream making the area not sense pain or heat.   The skin takes a week to ten days to heal.  Patients can resume daily work activities that same day but we encourage no sexual relations until the healing process is finished

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Can I get rid of penile pearly papules?”

  1. Lukeon 13 Dec 2010 at 11:00 pm 1

    Hey, is there a cream that treats PPP, I’m only 14 and there’s no doubt I have it, I’m really worried.

  2. WarOnWartson 14 Dec 2010 at 4:41 pm 2

    Hi Luke,
    Thanks for writing. No creams can treat PPP – if you want them removed, you will need to make an appointment with a doctor who specializes in removing them. But remember – they are common, normal, and harmless – so you don’t really need to do anything about them.
    Best of luck.

  3. Lukeon 14 Dec 2010 at 10:58 pm 3

    Ok thanks, and I’m just wondering, do u know what causes PPP in the first place?

  4. johnon 23 Dec 2010 at 5:26 am 4

    hi im 17 years old and i just started to see these bumps. i smoke marijana and think that i have gotten sick from long term use. i have had mucous for 2 weeks nd a cold. i had a sore throat but thats long gone. do u think this is ppp or herpes? they dont hurt or pop. im uncircumcied and there just spots on the rim. but as ive said ive been sick for 3 weeks now nd it might just be the flu? can u help?

  5. WarOnWartson 28 Dec 2010 at 7:01 pm 5

    Hi John. Thanks for writing. I hope you are feeling better.
    Most often, spots only on the rim are PPP – but it is unusual for these to pop up suddenly while you are sick.
    It is worth a trip to a local doc to check for you.
    Best of luck

  6. Big boyon 18 Jan 2011 at 8:59 pm 6

    Hello I tink I have got ppp since last year it is a group of small lumps around my penis it dosent hurt and I dont want a oparation and I am to imbarrest to tell my mum dad or eney one else its a load of my back just to write plz give me help also what couses ppp

  7. WarOnWartson 03 Feb 2011 at 8:08 pm 7

    Best thing to do is to ask your mum or dad to bring you to a dermatologist near by. let them know it is for itchy skin, and then ask to talk to the doctor alone in the room to discuss anything private.

  8. Heinon 13 Feb 2011 at 3:53 am 8

    hi.. every body..i also have had small bumps in the rim of my penis
    . I noticed them , last year.I want to know , can it harm to my health or can it develop into penis cancers or others related diseases.I worry about it & I’m so sorry if I think about it. Please

  9. WarOnWartson 14 Feb 2011 at 6:51 pm 9

    Most of the time, even colored small bumps around the rim of the penis are harmless – but it is best to see a doctor who can reassure you. One thing is for sure – there is no reason to stay silent and worry. Just make a quick visit and get the reassurance you need!
    best of luck.

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