What causes pimples on the penis
Here are a few potential reasons for a pimple-like bump on the penis:
1. Fordyce spots: These are small, yellow-white bumps that can appear on the shaft or head of the penis. They are harmless and are a variation of sebaceous glands. They don't require treatment.
2. Pearly penile papules: These are small, dome-shaped bumps that appear around the head of the penis. They are also harmless and don't require treatment.
3. Folliculitis: This is an inflammation of the hair follicles and can resemble pimples. It can be caused by irritation, infections, or other factors. Warm compresses and good hygiene can help. In some cases, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
4. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Certain STIs like genital herpes or genital warts can cause blister-like sores or bumps on the penis. These typically look different from regular pimples and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as pain, itching, or discharge. If there's a possibility of an STI, it's crucial to seek medical advice for appropriate testing and treatment.
5. Molluscum contagiosum: This is a viral skin infection that can cause small, round, flesh-colored bumps on the genitals. They are generally harmless and usually clear on their own, but treatment options are available.
If you notice any unusual bumps, sores, or changes on your penis, it's crucial to consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Avoid trying to pop, squeeze, or treat it without professional guidance, as this can worsen the situation or cause infections.
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