Bumps on the Penis - Symptoms & Treatment

Finding bumps on the penis can be a source of significant anxiety for men. However, many of these occurrences are benign and easily treatable. It's important to understand the different types of white bumps that can appear, their potential causes, and when to seek medical advice. Below, we explore some of the common conditions associated with different types of bumps on the penis.

Pearly Penile Papules (PPP)

Pearly Penile Papules are tiny, white or flesh-colored bumps that form around the head of the penis. They are mostly common in uncircumcised men under the age of 40 and may appear during adolescence, these benign bumps pose no health risk and are not contagious. Treatment is not necessary unless for cosmetic reasons. Despite being a common and harmless dermatological condition, the unique appearance of PPP can be a significant source of anxiety and stress for many men. The concern largely stems from misunderstanding, men affected by PPP might fear rejection or embarrassment when engaging in intimate relationships, worried that partners may misinterpret these bumps as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or find them unattractive.

Treatment options for the removal of pearly penile papules, such as laser therapy or hyfrecator use by dermatologists, are typically safe and do not usually result in complications. An alternative to professional dermatological treatments is the PPP Kit, a do-it-yourself solution that offers safe and effective results and can be done in the comfort of your home.

Tyson glands

Also referred to as Parafrenular Glands, they are located on either side of the frenulum. These glands manifest as small bumps, bearing resemblance to pearly penile papules, and can similarly be addressed with laser treatment, hyfrecation, or at home with a PPP Kit.

Fordyce Spots

Fordyce spots are small, white skin-colored bumps that can appear on the shaft of the penis. These are essentially sebaceous glands without hair follicles and are perfectly normal. They are not sexually transmitted and require no treatment. Nonetheless, due to aesthetic concerns, some individuals may choose to have them removed. Given that these bumps are located on the skin rather than the glans, where the skin type varies, their removal is challenging and carries a heightened risk of scarring. Therefore, seeking professional dermatological care is the safest method for their removal. While there are accounts of the PPP Kit being used successfully to eliminate Fordyce Spots, we strongly advise against this approach due to reports of scarring on the shaft, an issue not observed when treating pearly penile papules on the glans.

Genital Warts

Caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), genital warts can appear as small white or flesh-colored bumps on the penis. These may be smooth or slightly cauliflower-like in appearance and may cause irritation and itching. Genital warts are sexually transmitted and require treatment to remove them, which can include prescribed creams, freezing, or surgery.

Genital Herpes

Herpes, caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), manifests as clusters of small, painful blisters or sores on or around the genitals, mouth, or rectal area. These blisters can burst, leaving tender ulcers that may take two to four weeks to heal during the first outbreak. Subsequent outbreaks tend to be less severe and heal faster. The appearance of herpes can vary significantly from one person to another, and some may experience mild symptoms or none at all.

Although there is no cure for herpes, antiviral medications can significantly reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms. Treatments include prescription drugs, which can be taken during an outbreak to accelerate healing and may be used daily in a suppressive therapy regimen to lessen the likelihood of recurrent outbreaks and reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners. It's important for individuals diagnosed with herpes to discuss their treatment options with a healthcare provider to manage the condition effectively.

When to See a Doctor

While many conditions causing white bumps on the penis are benign, it's important to seek medical advice if:

  • You're unsure about the nature of the bumps.
  • The bumps are accompanied by other symptoms like pain, itching, or discharge.
  • You have reason to believe you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent many conditions from worsening and provide peace of mind.


White bumps on the penis are common and often not a cause for concern. Understanding the differences between various conditions can help alleviate anxiety and guide appropriate actions. When in doubt, consulting a healthcare provider is always the best course of action to ensure proper care and treatment.

PPP Kit is a new solution to get rid of pearly penile papules in the comfort of your home. Since 2020, it has helped over 10,000 men to get rid of their PPP for a fraction of the cost of dermatological treatments.

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Author: Patrick K.

I earned a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal in 2015. One of my notable achievements during my studies was receiving acclaim for the 'Simplicity of the proposed solution' in a university project. I've always been a 'Do-It-Yourself' type of person, and solving my own pearly penile papules issue was no different. After months of dedicated experimentation with various home remedies for PPP, I developed a safe and effective solution that tackles the problem. The solution has been bundled into the "PPP KIT" and I am happy to share this life changing remedy since 2020!

Reviewed by: Fabiola Garcia

I studied Nursing at the CDI College in Montreal before furthering my education at École Esthétique Avancée, recognized as Quebec's premier private institution for medical aesthetics. I actively contributed to enhancing the safety protocols of the pearly penile papule (PPP) removal procedure by collaborating on the refinement of the 'Aftercare' section within the PPP Kit's step-by-step guide.