Pearly Penile Papules (PPP)

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What are Pearly Penile Papules?

Pearly penile papules (PPP) are a common condition affecting the glans penis. Small flesh coloured lumps occur most commonly around the margin of the glans, often in two to three rows. The appearance is typical, but treatment is often desired as they may cause confusion between genital wart infections.

UltraPulse CO2 Laser Treatment

CO2 laser is an effective and safe treatment modality. Local anaesthetic cream is applied to the area under occlusion for 60 minutes prior to treatment which is then pain-free. Individual lesions are then lasered, and the area is dressed with antiseptic ointment. Healing occurs over 5 – 7 days without scarring.

Commonly, 2 treatment sessions are required.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the symptoms of Pearly Penile Papules?

    PPP do not cause symptoms such as pain, redness, or itching. The only symptom is their appearance and the location in which the papules appear. The papules are often confused for other, sexually transmitted, conditions such as genital warts or molluscum contagiosum. Fortunately, pearly penile papules are not contagious and are not transmitted sexually.

  • What causes them?

    It is not known what exactly causes PPP and why some men have it. Luckily, since the condition is neither harmful nor contagious, it is considered to be normal by many doctors. PPP is not caused by sexual activity or lack of hygiene. One thing to note is that men who are uncircumcised may be more likely to develop PPP than men who are circumcised.

  • Are they dangerous?

    PPP are not infectious, contagious, or dangerous. They also do not have any cancerous potential. If you are diagnosed with having PPP, you do not have to worry about infecting anyone. In fact, treatment is not even required for these papules, as they are considered to be so harmless.

  • Will they go away on their own?

    Most doctors will suggest that men with PPP should just leave the lesions alone, as the removal process may lead to scarring. Most men who experience pearly penile papules have the lesions for an extended period of time. The papules may lessen over time, but it is more likely that they will stick around. If you are noticing bumps in your genital area, be sure to contact your doctor to rule our more harmful lesions first.

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