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Bumps on Penis: For many men out there, Bumps, or often which are known as sores can be considered as those very first noticeable signs of an STD. But the important point in here to make a notice on is that they are harmless and nonsexual in nature.
There are many of those people who are unaware of this thing which obviously makes them feel panicked as they notice one of such bumps on their penis.
One can at normal find them on the shaft of the penis just similar to pimples, a skin cyst or ingrown hairs. If you in anyway get to notice those whitish bumps on the glans of the penis or along the side edges of the glans, then know that it is nothing, but that another normal case of penile papules.
These bumps or sores on the penis can either be the one which is sexually transmitted or the one which is just normal in every other human being. Among which the non-sexually transmitted ones are ingrown hairs, blocked oil glands, infected hair follicles and allergic reaction to soap or lubricant.
While on the other hand, the sexually transmitted ones are the painful blister or bumps or ulcers which are known by the name of herpes. Genital warts (HPV) are also the kind of bumps which can show up as bumps on the penis. These are basically irregular in shape and they aren’t painful.
Some of the people also complain of painless bumps on their penis. These include syphilis and molluscum contagiosum that is an infection spreading through sexual contact.
It is important for every person to remember in here that having bumps, sores or pimples on their penis is quite normal but one should never ever try to apply a cream on it. If done so, know that it is only going to make things worse and you are risking your own health.
Bumps on the penis can be painful as well as painless, they can be small or large, red, dark red or skin colour as well, round or flat in shape, rough or smooth in texture, itchy or non- itchy in nature, hard or soft in touch.
Bumps can be categorised into sexually transmitted or non-infectious kind of diseases, some of which can be harmful and some cancerous to health. It is always advised to consult a doctor when you inspect anything unusual on your penis.
If you know what the bumps are about, and what is the cause of their origin, then it is very easy to get rid of them using remedies. So, there are several reasons behind developing lumps or bumps on your penis.
Let us now look at each one of them:
- Fordyce spots on penis
These spots appear as white bumps, pale red or yellowish bumps on the skin. The Fordyce spots are not sexually transmitted and generally spotted at the shaft of the penis, the head and even the scrotum. This is a very common cause and seen in 80 to 90 percentage of the population.
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Genital warts)
Genital warts are basically sexually transmitted bumps that are visible on the shaft of the penis and sometimes also on the scrotum and perianal regions. They increase in size with time and are painless, small and smooth in the beginning. Afterwards, they appear bigger, rough surfaced and increase in number too.
- Tyson glans
They are simply sebaceous glands (glands that allow a type of oil to flow onto your skin and hair to keep them soft) that appear under the penis head and are commonly referred to as Preputial glands.
They are usually referred to as pimples on the penis or under the penile head or corona. They appear as small white bumps that are pus- filled and these whitish yellow pimples are not harmful on the penis. An image depicting the Tyson glands is shown below.
- Pearly penile papules (PPP)
They occur at the ridge or side of the penile glans and appear as tiny lumps or pimples forming a line around the penis head. They either appear collectively in a single row or in multiple rows and are called pearly penile papules (PPP).
- Round white swelling
They transmit through autoinoculation from other parts of the body. They are usually sexually transmitted and are harmless to health. And also they are self- limited which gradually resolves over several months.
This is a very common problem and is characterised by intensely itchy lesions on areas like abdomen, genitals and finger web. The 5 percent permethrin lotion when applied on the affected area all over the body overnight will usually help in getting rid of the problem and the oral Ivermectin may also be used in adults to get rid of the bumps problem. The application can be repeated for about 5 to 6 days for best results.
- Sexually transmitted disease
The Bowenoid papulosis is an HPV sexually induced and transmitted disease and is very similar to genital warts. Bumps can be found anywhere around the genital areas and HPV type 16 and type 18 is thought as the culprit in this race. They are considered to be the transitions between causes like genital warts and Bowenoid papulosis.
- Skin- coloured nodules
It appears as yellowish white coloured or skin coloured to dark brownish coloured multiple smooth, rounded, or dome-shaped bumps. They are particularly found on the shaft of the penis and especially in young individuals below the age of 30.
They do not create any harm to the health and can be treated with surgical excision. Techniques such as cryotherapy, electrocautery, laser, electrodesiccation and curettage can be used to get rid of it.
- Itchy rashes or inflammatory eruptions
These spots on the penis occur as a part of the opening of the other body areas. The rarest of the rare case is of isolated lichen planus of the penis, whereas the erosive variant of lichen planus can occur on the surface of the genitals of the penis.
- Benign tumour
It is not so common skin condition composed of newly formed lymph spaces and channels. It is advised to consult a doctor as these may be misdiagnosed as genital herpes, molluscum contagiosum or genital warts.
- Surgical removal of penis or scrotum
The milia on the penis are not so common cause but if they appear, they appear as tiny, skin coloured or white bumps that are harmless. They do not require any kind of medical treatment and can be simply removed with a needle by unroofing on the bump and extracting the white content inside it.
- Benign wart
They are bumps on the penis that ranges from skin coloured to dark coloured with rough surface commonly found in areas of the genital. They are characterised by secondary syphilis and are warty bumps, just like Ulcerate.
- Skin tags
Skin tags are also called as Acrochordon and are soft, harmless, skin coloured slightly brownish bumps on the penis. They are very common in areas like axilla, neck and inguinal folds, but they are also found in the shaft of the penis.
Irritation can be caused by repeatedly rubbing and friction that gets the bump inflamed. But by nature, these are harmless and does not require medical attention.
- Genital herpes
It is a sexually transmitted infection characterised by painful fluid-filled vesicles or shallow ulcers. They are commonly seen on the shaft of the penis and appear as a red base bumps.
There are two types of Herpes that cause genital herpes, which is herpes simplex type 1 and type 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2). In medical sciences, there is no solid cure for herpes but it can be minimised using oral anti- viral agents like Acyclovir and Famciclovir.
- Vascular pimples of scrotum
It is commonly found in scrotum but can also be seen in the opening of the penis and the glans penis as small, smooth, bright red to blue and purple coloured vascular tumours.
They are harmless to health and can be removed with cryotherapy, electrocoagulation, local excision, and laser ablation. Initially, they are asymptomatic but after a fixed duration of time, they can be itchy and bleed, especially after minor trauma.
Remedies to Cure Bumps on Penis
To get rid of the bumps or sores on your penis, it is very important to know the positioning and the cause of the bump. For bumps on the penile shaft are treated differently from the bumps on the penile glans.
There are home remedies as well as surgical remedies available for treatment. You can go for any one of them, but it is always suggested to use the natural ways more than clinical treatment.
If the problem is not as big as an STD and is related to the sexual organs like a penis, then an individual does not need to feel embarrassed or shy about it. Even if the condition has reached a stage like sexually transmitted disease (STD), then you are always suggested to reach for medical assistance.
The following are some of the remedies that you can use in the treatment of removing bumps or lumps from your penis in a very simple and effective quick way. These include:
1. Castor oil: traditional home remedy
It is one of the best natural ways for bumps that appear on the penis. For achieving this, you just need to apply the oil on the affected area with cotton balls or swabs.
The procedure is advised to be repeated four times a day until the pearly penile papules are removed completely. You need not cover your penis while the oil has been applied to it.
2. Tea Tree oil
This is very similar to applying the castor oil to the affected area of the bumps, but it is a bit slower than the previous method.
Approximately, it takes around a couple of weeks to around 10 weeks to completely remove the penile papules that occur in either single row or multiple rows.
You are advised to apply the tea tree oil thrice a day, in the similar fashion as that of the castor oil application.
It should be noted that this tea tree oil can only be mixed with castor oil and applied on the penis. If you try applying any other oil except these, then the condition of your penis may aggravate.
Here comes another and among real simple natural remedies which can help people out in getting those bumps on penis go away, i.e. toothpaste.
Toothpaste is always proved out to be real effective methods which can help people get their acne removed due to those antibacterial properties available in this.
All one need is just to apply a small piece of toothpaste on that affected area, but only after washing and drying the penis, before going to bed and then wash the same using only warm water the very next morning. This process can be done for like 2-3 times a day.
4. Peppermint Oil
This oil can also be of help to you in order to get those bumps out of your penis, that too by making the skin go softer.
But before going for the same one should know that this oil must be mixed with mineral oil before applying.
After getting both of them mixed in equal quantities apply the mixture on those papules using a cotton pad.
5. Eucalyptus oil
The very next in the list of natural remedies that can be used for treating those pearly penile papules, also known as bumps is this, eucalyptus oil.
The process of applying this oil starts with washing and drying off the penis. One needs to get this eucalyptus oil mixed with honey and then only get it applied over those affected areas.
As you apply this to that affected area do not forget to leave your penis exposed for a while and then after 1-2 hours of time period get it washed. This can be done for 2-3 times a day.
6. Olive oil
This method is basically to be carried over by washing and drying the penis and then applying the olive oil on that affected area, that is those bumps.
And now, as you apply this oil, do not forget to leave your private area exposed for a while and then get it rinses after the oil gets all dry.
And here comes the last but obviously not the least and an easily available home remedy for dealing with those bumps on the penis is here, i.e. the oatmeal.
What one needs here is to get the oatmeal cooked as it gets cooled up, get it made into some paste like formation. Now, apply this paste on the affected areas and leave it covered with a towel. Get it washed after 15-20 minutes.
Having bumps on penis is surely something that should be cured early on, as soon as you find them. Having clean sexual organs is the key to leading a healthy life. Apply these home remedies to cure bumps on penis before you reach out to a doctor.
Let us know which remedy have you tried and which one was effective for you in the comments.