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What exactly are Pearly Penile Papules? See also: Pearly penile papules removal at home

It may be a scare to find pin-head sized blemishes on the penis. The science community refers to them as hirsuties papillaris genitalis (or Hirsuties coronae glandis).Pearly penile papules (PPP) are small (even tiny), round, white, bits of flesh that affect the area on, or around, the glans (head) of the penis. Pearly penile papules are harmless in the physical sense, but may be the cause of psychological harm to those that suffer from them due to embarrassment and ignorance through a lack of understanding of what they really are and what causes them. Many times not just from the sufferer, but from potential sexual partners who oftentimes reject them as to the unexplained whiteheads. These small white papules are similar to the skin tag and only affect the area of the glans of the male genitalia. Often appearing in rows, or “bunches,” around the rim or edge of the glans and also on either side of the frenulum (the frenulum is the soft folds of skin on the underside of the glans). Pearly penile papules have been found to be present in up to twenty five percent of men. They are more common among uncircumcised men and younger men. Pearly penile papules are harmless and not transmitted sexually. They are in no way an STD as some believe, but rather a common benign affliction of the epidermis. Pearly penile papules are often mistaken for HPV genital warts but are in not related to them. Some researchers believe that pearly penile papules may be a “genetic throwback,” or vestigial remnants, of penile spines that occur in other primates. Penile spines in chimps and other primates are different than pearly penile papules in that they are comprised of keratinized cell layers and more richly innervated than pearly penile papules. Pearly penile papules in humans on the other hand are comprised of not just the epidermis, but also the underlying connective tissue and are much less innervated.

The end story is that if they don’t bother you or your sexual partner, then don’t worry about them. However, if they are interfering with a productive sexual relationship then inquiring about CO2 laser surgery with a dermatologist may be necessary if home remedies offer no solution. For more information on pearly penile papules removal at home; visit our blog:

What are pearly penile papules  

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