When A Lump on the Penis is not Peyronie’s Disease
At MansMatters we have helped hundreds of men overcome problems with Peyronie’s Disease (PD). Their initial enquiry usually describes the size and shape of the lump on their penis along with their associated issues with Erectile Dysfunction (ED).
But not every lump on the penis is an indication of PD. Many of the swellings that men report to having on their penis are not infectious and do not need treatment. These include benign (non-cancerous) growths such as cysts, Pearly Penile Papules (PPP) which are innocuous rounded or small finger-like growths found near the head of your penis, usually appearing in rows, and looking like white spots or even pearls, hence the name, and Fordyce Spots also called Fordyce granules or Fordyce glands which are enlarged oil glands and are entirely normal, harmless, and painless.
Pimples on the Penis
Pimples on the penis occur for exactly the same reasons as pimples appear on other parts of the body. They usually occur when a hair follicle becomes stopped up with natural body oil and dead skin cells. Most penis pimples will disappear in a few days or weeks without treatment. If they don’t you should consult your GP and ask for advice.
STIs and Penis Lumps
If you are sexually active, you may be at risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) that can cause lumps or bumps on the penis, these are spread by skin-to-skin contact. Genital Warts are one of the most common STIs and are usually characterised by flat fleshy lumps on the penis. Genital warts will often disappear on their own over time. You should not attempt to treat genital warts on your own and if you wish to have them removed seek medical advice.
Genital herpes is a common STI transmitted by oral and vaginal sex, and other forms of skin-to-skin contact. Most men infected with genital herpes will have no apparent symptoms, but if symptoms show, they typically trigger a cluster of tiny blisters to appear that can rupture into painful ulcers. These will generally heal within a few weeks, although re-occurring outbreaks do happen.
Syphilis is an STI that causes a firm, round, painless ulcer called a chancre, to appear usually on the head or foreskin of the penis. It is usual for only one chancre to appear, but sometimes more than one can show. In all cases of syphilis, you should seek medical advice.
Molluscum contagiosum is an extremely contagious viral infection spread via skin-to-skin contact and can be transmitted through sex activity in addition to casual contact. They appear as a small white or skin-coloured bump with an indentation in the centre. If they appear anywhere on the body except the penis, they do not generally require treatment, but if they appear on the penis, you should seek medical advice.
Rarer Causes of Penis Bumps
- Angiokeratomas are hard bumps on your skin caused when tiny blood vessels enlarging or breaking open near the surface of the skin causing it to thicken. They generally appear as purple, red, blue, or black bumps usually seen on the corona of the penis. Although angiokeratomas do not need treatment, they are similar in appearance to melanoma and should be inspected by a healthcare professional to see if treatment is necessary.
- Scabies is usually becomes a skin condition after skin-to-skin contact with someone who already has scabies. It is caused by a mite burrowing beneath the surface of the skin and can cause numerous tiny pimples to appear accompanied by extreme itchiness. You will need to seek the help of a healthcare professional to have this treated.
- Penile Cancer is very rare. Early symptoms that may be mistaken for Peyronie’s disease by the layman include abnormal growths on the penis, that can look like genital warts or small, blister-like bumps, a rash or small crusty bumps or other lumps on your penis. You should always seek medical advice if you are worried about any symptoms like these.
Non-Peyronie’s Lumps on the Penis – A Summary
Even though common incidences of bumps on the penis are not contagious, any new lump on the penis should be investigated for anyone who is sexually active, especially if the bumps cause pain to either partner during intercourse. Seeking help from a healthcare professional will enable you to be tested for a sexually transmitted infection, reducing the risk long-term problems or complications.