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Jun 04 2009

Not all penis bumps are warts (part II)

Posted at 8:10 pm under Penile Warts,Photos

Not all penis bumps are warts (part II)

In a previous post, we discussed penile pearly papules.

Lichen planus can also cause bumps on the penis.  This condition is an inflammatory condition – NOT an STD.

Classical lichen planus is characterized by shiny, flat-topped, firm papules (bumps) varying from pin point size (‘guttate’) to larger than a centimetre. They are a purple colour and often are crossed by fine white lines (called ‘Wickham’s striae’). They may be close together or widespread, or grouped in lines (linear lichen planus) or rings (annular lichen planus). Linear lichen planus can be the result of scratching or injuring the skin. Although sometimes there are no symptoms, it is often very itchy.

Lichen planus may affect any area, but is most often seen on the front of the wrists, lower back, and ankles.  They are also commonly found on the penis.

Sometimes it may be necessary to take a skin biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.  One of the best treatments for lichen planus on the penis are injections with cortisone.

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Not all penis bumps are warts (part II)”

  1. Franciscoon 21 Jul 2009 at 8:58 pm 1


    I have something very similar as the picture shown. I had been really worried about having HPV, yet I have done tests recently and are negative. It is a single one a little bit darker from the skin color, I have had it since a long time but lately it grew a little which caused my worries. How can I identify properly what I have and get it treated?

    Thanks a lot

  2. WarOnWartson 21 Jul 2009 at 11:33 pm 2

    Hi Francisco. Thanks for writing.
    The best thing to do is to see a specialist so that they can help you to reach a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Please visit the “Find A Physician” tab at the top of the page.
    Best of luck!

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