• tanner68 tanner68
    January 05, 2011
    What causes small white bumps on the penis?
    tanner68 tanner68
    January 05, 2011

    Hello! I'm a teenager, and since I was a pre-teen I've had tiny white bumps on the lower part of my penis and on my bottom lip. I don't think it's herpes because it doesn't look like the photos I've seen. Does anyone know what I have?



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  • Renee Culver August 11, 2014
    Renee Culver
    August 11, 2014

    Hi Tanner68,

    It sounds like you're describing Fordyce spots. Fordyce spots most often appear on the penis or the lips, and some people have skin types that are more prone to them than others. If you're concerned about the way they look you can talk to your doctor about treatment options, but the spots aren't a sign of any disease or health condition, and they're not dangerous or infectious.

    I hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

    All the best to you.

  • Jessica6669 May 30, 2011
    May 30, 2011

    If they are pearly penile papules, then you can remove them with tea tree oil. This is most used home made treatments for papules.

    => Pearly Penile Papules Removal

    => Pearly Penile Papules Pictures

  • Jessica6669 April 06, 2011
    April 06, 2011

    My boyfriend had these tiny bump things near the head of his penis for a while now (4-6 months) and it hasnt gone away.  I thought it was warts so he went to see his doc ,but he didnt think so. He said these are Pearly Penile Papules. They look very similar to warts but they are in no way related to sexual activity or bad hygiene.

  • Paul January 09, 2011
    January 09, 2011

    I think you are best off to see a doctor, just to be sure. Without seeing these bumps, I don't think anyone can diagnose what they might be. As far as the penis, I think they may be sebaceous cysts which many men develop, and if you keep trying to squeeze them, they may erupt but it is better to leave them alone since they are not infected, but could become infected if you break them. This may have been what happened with the one which became red.


    As far as your lip, that's another matter and your best bet is to see a dermatologist for those.

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