Can You Prevent Pearly Penile Papules? By Dr. Lombardi on June 23, 2022

Pearly penile papules, also medically referred to as “Hirsutoid papillomas,” are small pink-white growths that are typically found around the head of the penis. Despite the fact that they are not a cause for medical concern, many men are insecure about the condition. The condition impacts men and often looks like small pimples. You may wonder, can you prevent pearly penile papules? Below you will find helpful information on the condition and what you can do about it.

Can You Prevent Pearly Penile Papules?

Pearly penile papules can vary in size and color. They are often pink-white and range in size between 1 and 4 millimeters in diameter. You will notice that the small growths look like tiny pimples that form in clusters of rings or rows. These are found around the circumference of the penis head (also referred to medically as the “corona of the glans penis”).

Because these growths are unwanted, many wonder if the condition can be prevented. Medical experts do not know what causes pearly penile papules. However, it has been found that changes that occur during the onset of puberty are linked with the lesions appearing and growing. The condition is considered normal as up to 30% of men can develop the condition. Despite medical experts not knowing the cause of pearly penile papules, they are most common in uncircumcised men and those who are Black.

Are Pearly Penile Papules Sexually Transmitted?

Many men who develop the condition think that it is a sexually transmitted infection. However, pearly penile papules are not sexually transmitted. They are often mistaken for genital warts, but those are larger and have a cauliflower shape. Additionally, most sexually transmitted infections are found all over the penis, scrotum, and anus. However, pearly penile papules are located in a specific location on the penis head.

Pearly penile papules are also not caused by an infection or disease. Because they are not contagious, there is no risk of spreading it. However, many men who have the condition are embarrassed and concerned it may be mistaken for a sexually transmitted infection. There are effective treatments performed by a skilled dermatologist in Tampa that can improve the condition.

When Should I Seek Treatment?

If you notice pearly penile papules, you may wonder when you should seek treatment. Many men seek treatment as they are unhappy with the visible appearance of the condition. Additionally, the condition should not come with any other symptoms. If you notice that you have additional symptoms, you should seek help from a medical professional right away. It could be a sign of a more serious condition.

Treatment for Pearly Penile Papules

Once pearly penile papules appear, they do not go away without treatment. They may increase or decrease in size, but they will not disappear entirely. If you have pearly penile papules, the first step in getting rid of them is scheduling a consultation with a skilled dermatologist. Dr. Lombardi at the Lombardi Institute of Dermatology is skilled in treating pearly penile papules and has helped countless patients with the condition.

Do-it-yourself home remedies will not get rid of pearly penile papules, so it’s important to avoid falling victim to the trap that creams or ointments will improve the condition. These can cost you a lot of time, money, and leave you without any improvements. They can also cause skin irritation and scarring. So you should not try any at-home remedies, including removing them yourself. Dr. Lombardi is a highly skilled dermatologist and uses a highly effective laser treatment to address each tiny growth. PPP laser removal in Tampa is safe and uses laser technology to remove the growths and smooth out your skin.

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