Pearly penile papule, known as the Hirsute Papillomas or Hirsuties Coronae Glandis, are small lumps that may form on the edge of the head of the penis. They are a small anomaly, which men going through puberty may experience, and experts have suggested that it could be due to development problems when the child was in the embryo. The good news is that pearly papules aren’t something to be greatly alarmed about, since they should disappear with age.

It is a normal condition that affects a lot of men, and you don’t require surgery to treat it. The lumps on the penis don’t cause any pain, and it is not a sexually transmitted disease. However, to understand what causes penile papules, we will need to dissect them thoroughly.

What are Pearly Penile Papules?

Pearly papules are small, smooth bumps that show up on the ridge of the penis, vary in size from 1mm to 3mm, and may be in single or double rows. They may appear to be translucent, white, yellow, or pink in color, but they don’t cause any harm, so don’t mistake them for genital warts or other STDs. The pearly papules aren’t caused by poor personal hygiene, and they can’t be caught or spread by having sex.

However, they can cause psychological trauma for some people, as they may feel embarrassed about the condition, and may reject sexual partners. It is advised that anyone that notices papules on their penis, should immediately consult with a doctor to address them. Although it looks weird, scary, and may overwhelm most men, there is nothing to be feared about penile papules, and there is nothing wrong with you.

It is a normal condition that develops around puberty, and will remove itself completely as you age. There have been cases, where men have chosen to get expensive surgery to remove these lumps on their penis, because it made them uncomfortable.

How Prevalent is The PPP Condition?

When you first find out that you are suffering from PPP, don’t be overwhelmed because it is a normal condition, and you’re not the only person who this condition has struck. It is common among young men in their twenties and thirties, while 40% to 50% of men in their lives will encounter it.

Pearly penile papules are common among uncircumcised males, with about 35% of uncircumcised men, and 8% of circumcised males encountering it. Men aren’t the only victims of pearly papules, since it has known to show up in women as well. Women have another name for it, and it is easily confused for an outbreak of an STD, or an HPV infection.