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What Are Pearly Penile Papules?

Pearly penile papules (PPP) are small dome-shaped bumps on the glans penis (the rounded “head” of the penis). These bumps are considered angiofibromas, which are small and harmless tumors. They are different and distinct from Fordyce spots on the penis, which tend to be located on the penile shaft and are sebaceous (oil) glands.

While they are typically not dangerous, they can still affect your quality of life significantly. As they are most apparent during arousal, they can lead to decreased confidence in sex and intimacy. That is why the Lombardi Institute of Dermatology provides effective and discrete treatment for pearly penile papules. Schedule your consultation today to take the first step toward treating this condition.

Pearly Penile Papule Symptoms

These lesions are usually not symptomatic. You likely won’t feel any pain or discomfort from them. On the physical side, they do not pose any significant risk.

However, some men report that they become more noticeable during an erection, which is due to the enlargement of the glans penis with increased blood flow. When this is the case, it can become challenging to have a healthy sex life.

Is It Normal to Have PPP?

Yes, up to 30% of young adult men may have some form of pearly penile papules. It is more common in uncircumcised men than circumcised individuals.

Of course, we understand that just because it is normal does not make them any less of a concern. We simply want to let you know that you are not alone. These papules affect many individuals and can almost always be treated.

Why Do Pearly Penile Papules Appear?

Changes may occur during the onset of puberty that cause these lesions to appear and grow. But the exact reason they occur is unclear.

However, we have developed sophisticated means of treating them. As we continue to learn more about this condition, treatments will improve, and preventative measures can be taken.

Can Pearly Penile Papules Be Transmitted?

No. There is no virus or contagious pathogen associated with these lesions. Therefore cannot spread either on yourself or to others. Though the precise cause is still unknown, we have ruled out any transmittable cause.

However, we recognize that it can be difficult to convince your sexual partners of this. Few people are aware of this condition to begin with, so it can make conversations about it difficult. That is why we recommend getting treatment right away. You can avoid any confusion that might result from having this condition.

Do Pearly Penile Papules Go Away?

Usually, once present pearly penile papules will not go away without treatment. In some patients, they may decrease in size, but rarely altogether disappear.

For other patients, they can continue to grow while you wait for treatment. Don’t hesitate to contact the Lombardi Institute for your consultation. Dr. Lombardi meets confidentially with each patient to learn about their needs. He understands this is a sensitive subject, and takes every step to ensure that the entire process is comfortable and discrete.

How Are Pearly Penile Papules Diagnosed?

It is important to make sure that any lesion on one’s skin is diagnosed by a medical professional. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Lombardi is an expert you can trust.

While looking up symptoms online can be a start, it can just as often lead to misinformation. Even though something may look similar online to a photo of pearly penile papules, there are other possibilities. So seeking medical attention is the best way to confirm the diagnosis and learn about your best treatment options.

How Do You Treat Pearly Penile Papules?

We use safe and effective dermatologic techniques to comfortably destroy each lesion individually. Once the lesions are completely treated, they do not recur. However, this is only guaranteed if you see a trained and board-certified expert like Dr. Lombardi. Physicians without the proper training might not fully treat the condition.

We do not recommend self-treatment or home “remedies” that you find online. At best, they are ineffective. But all too often, these can prove dangerous, leaving you worse off than before.

We also advise you avoid the use of over the counter non-FDA approved creams marketed for treating pearly penile papules. Since these lesions are growths, similar to the way a mole is a growth, it is unlikely any topical non-prescription cream will result in meaningful improvement.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Don’t let PPP impact your life any longer. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lombardi, dermatologist in Tampa today. He works closely with each patient to deliver treatment in a discrete and comfortable atmosphere. He understands the negative effect this condition can have on your psychological and emotional well-being and looks forward to helping you reclaim your confidence. Call us today to learn more about treatment options. We look forward to answering any questions you might have.

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