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Pearly Penile Papules

Pearly penile papules are a common, benign, skin conditon seen in males. They are often confused for genital warts and the appearance of these bumps can cause a great deal of anxiety in patients who mistakenly believe them to be sexually transmitted. However, pearly penile papules are not a dangerous skin condition and can be treated safely in our office if a patient desires.

Pearly penile papules are tiny, skin colored or white bumps found on the penis of adult men and most commonly arise when men are in their teens or twenties. It is not known why they develop but they are more commonly seen in uncircumcised men. Pearly penile papules are not painful, do not transform into cancer and they are not contagious. Most men notice that pearly penile papules become less noticeable as they age. However, despite their benign state, many men wish to get rid of these bumps.

There are no creams or pills that can reduce or eliminate pearly penile papules. Treatment of pearly penile papules can be performed by a dermatologist using a fractionated carbon dioxide laser or by melting away the bumps with an electrocautery device. Dr. Graber has published in the scientific literature on her experience treating pearly penile papules. Treatments can be done with little discomfort utilizing a numbing cream. For most patients, more than one treatment is suggested. Most patients can return to work the day after treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Graber to discuss which treatment method is best for reducing pearly penile papules.

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