I noticed small bumps around the rim of my penis. Does this look like anything bad? (Photo)

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Spots Around The Head of the Penis

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This is called penile pearly papules and can be easily removed by laser or electrical dessication.  There are few dermatologists who actually treat this, and it is considered a cosmetic issue (which insurance will not cover).  Seek a cosmetic dermatologist in your area who is trained in lasers and procedures.  I wish you the best of luck, Dr. Emer.


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Pearly penile papules

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Pearly penile papules are common growths that occur on the rim of the head of the penis. They can be effectively and safely treated by eg electrodessication. 

Anatoli Freiman, MD
Toronto Dermatologist

Pearly Penile Papules are very common and very treatable

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Hi John-- These are pearly penile papules and are harmless, but cosmetically annoying for many men. They are not an STD, not contagious and occur in 25-30% of all men. I have been safely and effectively treating PPP for over 9 years.  I have treated over 900 patients with this condition successfully using the CO2 laser, which is the best treatment. Home remedies do not work. It is also important to know that treatment can be done on all skin types. I hope this helps you. Sincerely, Dr. Groff

Bumps on head of penis

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You have what appears to be pearly penile paplues, a common glandular variation around the rim of the head of the penis. It is not contagious but can be embarrassing for some men. Removal is fairly easy using a topical numbing medication and laser or electric destruction. Healing takes just a few days. Typically these do not recur after removal. Find a derm in your area who can help you. 

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