Pearly penile papules, which are lumps / bumps on the penis, are a common occurrence for males in their twenties and thirties. The condition is routinely confused with genital herpes due to the appearance of the papules, which are small skin elevations around the top of the penis. (Above images – penile papules on the left, and herpes blisters on the right) However, in case of herpes, you can easily do a routine check to identify them. The common symptoms of herpes are:

  • Skin elevations have liquid in them
  • Slight itching or burning sensation
  • Genital herpes is very contagious
  • Herpes is a virus
  • Long-term condition that is transmitted by sexual contact
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1. Why do penile papules occur in only certain individuals and not in certain others?

This is a question that is on the minds of everyone that is living with lumps on the penis, but there isn’t a clear answer, since the studies have shown inconclusive evidence. Also, circumcision isn’t a deterrent for pearly papules, since there have been cases of circumcised males suffering from papules. Although there is nothing to be alarmed about pearly papules, if they are an excessive amount of papules, men can choose to undergone different surgical procedures to have them removed.

Changes in the skin color of the penis, is one problem that all males with pearly penile papules will have to experience. Most people believe that poor hygiene is the cause for papules, but that isn’t the case, because not all skin irregularities around the sexual organs is due to body hygiene.

2. What are pearly penile papules?

The pearly papules are small lumps that form in rows around the head of the penis, and are white or tan colored. They look like tiny skin tags, and sometimes may cause discomfort, if they are in excess quantity, which will then require natural or surgical treatment to remove them. The good news is that it isn’t caused by an infection, and it isn’t something that can be sexually transmitted to your partner. This is where pearly papules differ from herpes, which is a sexually transmitted disease, and can cause great discomfort to an individual.

You don’t need to worry about transmitting your partner with penile papules, since they are very different from herpes, but they can still cause mental distress. This is because it isn’t east conveying to your spouse or sexual partner about the condition, especially if there are an excessive amount of lumps on the penis. Here are some things you should know about penile papules that differentiate them from the STD herpes:

  • They appear similar in nature, but are nothing like herpes
  • They aren’t painful and don’t affect sex
  • They don’t leak any liquid and won’t become inflamed or itchy
  • They don’t bleed
  • They aren’t passed on through sexual activity

These were all the major differences between penile papules and herpes. If you feel that you have this condition, visit your health practitioner immediately.