Waking up to white spots on the tip of your penis can be a scary experience. In this article, we’ll explore the possibilities.
Firstly, realize that this symptom doesn’t always mean you have an STD. To rule that out, it’s recommended that you get tested for common STDs.
If you’re sexually active, this is highly recommended. Usually, these white spots don’t cause any pain or discomfort. Still, they can make you feel insecure about your health.
In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the reasons why you’re experiencing this scary symptom.
Whites Spots on Tip of Penis – A Dangerous Sign?
Having white spots on tip of the penis is the result of something called pearly penile papules.
They are typically smooth to the touch and relatively small (about 2mm in size).
In a healthy male, they can appear out of nowhere, and aren’t dangerous.
These papules vary in size and shape, and can also appear around the base of the penis. Many men confuse pearly penile papules with having genital warts.
However, the two are different: PPP is harmless while genital warts are more serious. It’s estimated that about 20% of males in the United States develop white spots on the tip of the penis that aren’t dangerous.
So, if you’re suffering from this symptom and are worried, don’t’ be- it’s probably benign.
Genital Herpes vs. Pearly Penile Papules
Once you know the signs, it’s easy to distinguish between PP and genital herpes. Genital herpes looks like pin head-size blisters.
These blisters are usually very delicate and fragile. Even if only lightly touched, they can pop and form an open sore. And they’re painful.
That’s the telltale sign that separates genital herpes from pearly penile papules. Remember that genital herpes can be transmitted through oral sex.
If you’ve had oral sex recently, and you’re suffering from painful penile blisters, then go get tested.
Genital Warts and White Spots on Penis
Genital warts can also cause this symptom.
It’s caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and is spread through anal, vaginal, or oral sex. Genital warts can also cause white spots on the tip of the penis.
Note, the scrotum and base of penis can also develop visual symptoms. Get checked for this STD if you’ve recently had unprotected sex of any kind. To learn more about genital warts, click here.
What Causes Pearly Penile Papules?
As we mentioned earlier, pearly penile papules are a sporadic condition that affects many men. They often appear without warning and typically aren’t painful.
What causes them? Genetics seems to play the biggest role.
However, many experts also claim that swollen penile pores and/or sweat glands are to blame.
If you practice safe sex, and the white spots aren’t causing you any pain, then give it a few days and see if they go away. If they don’t, schedule a visit with your doctor.
PPP is More Common in Uncircumcised Men
Pearly penile papules are more common in men who are uncircumcised. Obviously, circumcised men can get them too, but they’re more common in uncircumcised men.
Fortunately, they are classified as a cosmetic issue.
This means they’re benign (won’t cause any serious problems). Even though white spots on the tip of the penis can be a nuisance, they’re typically nothing to stress over.
PPP Can Hurt a Man’s Sex Life
Pearly penile papules can hurt a man’s sex life since the white spots look like an STD.
The man’s partner may see the spots and assume it’s genital warts or genital herpes.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to treat them for cosmetic purposes.
Treatments for PPPs involve little to no pain or discomfort.
If your sex life is hurting because of pearly penile papules, then you may want to see a dermatologist who can remove them for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About White Spots on Tip of Penis
Here are the most common frequently asked questions regarding pearly penile papules:
Question: Can You Have Sex with PPPs?
Answer: Yes, you can have sex of any kind – oral, anal, and/or vaginal. This condition won’t cause pain during sexual intercourse.
Question: Do Pearly Penile Papules Go Away on Their Own?
Answer: Unfortunately, no. While PPPs don’t grow over time, they also don’t go anywhere. The only way to remove them is through a dermatologist.
Question: Are PPPs a Type of STD?
Answer: No, PPPs are not a type of STD. Many men confuse them with genital warts or genital herpes. But those are different (PPPs are benign).
Question: Are Pearly Penile Papules Contagious?
Answer: They are not contagious. Feel free to have sex without the worry that you’re going to infect your partner.
Question: Can PPPs Spread to Other Parts of the Body?
Answer: No. This is a benign condition, which means that it isn’t going to spread to other parts of the body. Still, you should get rid of them for cosmetic purposes.
When Should You See a Doctor?
If you notice white spots on the tip of your penis, and they’re painful, go see a doctor. Oozing, pain, burning, and itching are signs of an STD.
But if the spots aren’t causing pain and aren’t getting bigger or spreading, then they’re most likely benign.
Still, you may want to remove them for cosmetic purposes since it might affect your sex life otherwise.
Pearly penile papules are the most common cause for this symptom, and are easily treatable with the help of a dermatologist.