April 4th, 2014
Skin changes (such as appearance of rash, lumps or penile bumps) at or around the penis is always a signs of concern for males and their partners. In some cases it can also be an indication of sexually transmitted infection; however, for most part, the penile bumps are harmless, trivial skin changes that occur as a result of friction, rub or minor skin injuries (1).
Penile bumps are usually physiological and most men notice at or around the time of puberty. In vast majority of cases, these lesions do not require any management or treatment; however, it is important to seek expert’s advice to rule out any pathology.
Physiological Causes Include:
It is fairly easy to differentiate normal bumps from sexually transmitted lesions with the help of physical examination (observing size, color, extent and features of bumps). You may have normal penile bumps if:
Physiological penile bumps are usually harmless and does not require any management. However, you may seek medical advice for cosmetic reasons. It is observed that maintaining healthy habits and reproductive hygiene can often help in managing or preventing penile bumps due to smegma accumulation or skin irritation. In addition, practice safe intercourse and use condoms/physical barriers whenever engaging in romantic relations.
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