The Pearly papules are small protuberances white or flesh that develop in the crown of the penis and frequently appears in men between 20 and 30 years. They are not caused by any type of infection or abnormality , so they do not require any medical treatment.
However, they are unsightly and also make sexual relations difficult, which is why the vast majority of men choose to eliminate them for aesthetic reasons.
What are pearly papudas?
Pearly papules, whose scientific name is papillaris genitalis , is a dermatological disease that occurs in men; It is characterized by the appearance of small pearl-like bumps on the crown of the glans. In the vast majority of cases, these protrusions are distributed in several rows around the crown of the glans; the size of each one is approximately 1 millimeter and its color is flesh or white.
It is a relatively common condition, affecting between 14 and 48 percent of men . It usually occurs during or after puberty.
Contrary to what many believe, the truth is that pearly papules do not cause any pain or are not an infectious disease. It is a benign condition that responds to an anatomical peculiarity that affects the genitals of men.
Causes of pearly papules on the glans
Many people consider pearl papules to be a sexually transmitted disease. Nothing could be further from the truth; the appearance of these small bumps on the crown of the glans has nothing to do with sexual activity or intimate hygiene.
Pearly papules are present on the penis from birth; thus, in some they develop and acquire a greater size during or after puberty, and in others they do not. It usually presents between 20 and 30 years of age .
Why do they go out?
Numerous investigations have revealed that pearl papules are hereditary and benign in nature . Other studies indicate that this condition occurs as a result of the glans being saturated in the sweat glands and pores of the skin.
Although the causes of pearly papules are not 100% clear today, what experts do agree on is that they are totally harmless; they do not have any type of risk of contagion or malignancy.
How to identify pearl papules?
There are a number of signs that allow you to identify these bumps quickly and easily; doctors also rely on them to diagnose the condition.
Symptoms of Pearl Papules
- Crown of the glans: pearly papules are always located on the crown of the glans. While it is true that in some cases the bumps develop on the head of the glans or even on the shaft of the penis, it is not the most common.
- Rows: One of the main characteristics of these bumps is that they form in rows around the crown of the glans.
- Size: Another key to identifying these bumps is that they tend to be larger in the dorsal part of the penis, while they are smaller in the area of the frenulum.
- Diameter: the diameter of the pearly papules varies considerably between men and others; There are those who have tiny protrusions of just 1 millimeter in diameter, while there are others whose protrusions even exceed 33 millimeters.
- Suppuration: it is important to note that pearly papules are totally fibrous, so they do not ooze pus or blood; they do not contain anything inside. If they are squeezed to burst them, which should not be done under any circumstances, only blood will appear, in the same way as if any other tissue of the human body is broken.
- Color: another sign that allows to identify the papules is the color; it is usually flesh or white, although in some cases the bumps may also be transparent.
- Filiform: and, finally, they have a filiform aspect, that is, in the form of a thread, with a very fine and elongated appearance.
Treatment of pearly papules
It is important to note that pearly papules do not disappear on their own on the glans of the penis. Although, as we have pointed out, this is not a malignant condition, the vast majority of men choose to remove the bumps for aesthetic reasons and because they are uncomfortable when having sex.
How to remove Pearl Papules?
There are different methods to eliminate them, either for aesthetics or because you do not feel good with them, you can remove the papules from the glans in a matter of minutes with the following different tools: (Remember that if the papules are on your tongue, they will not be they will be able to eliminate).
The most widely used method today to remove pearly papules is the CO2 laser ; a very effective cosmetic surgery treatment to say goodbye once and for all to the bumps. This technique vaporizes the protrusions with great precision , so that they disappear without damaging the skin of the penis in the least; in addition, there is no posterior scar left.
The treatment lasts around 30 minutes and is not painful. Once done, patients notice the area a little red during the following days, which is completely normal. You must avoid sexual intercourse during the first two weeks after treatment and apply an antibiotic cream to avoid any type of infection.
On the net you can find a large selection of home remedies to deal with pearly papules. However, it is important to note that they are neither effective nor safe. To this day, no natural product has been shown to be able to completely remove these bumps. What’s more, some home remedies can even backfire, creating damage and irritation to the genitals.
Some even go so far as to point out that the best solution to get rid of pearly papules is to burst the bumps. Well, in this case the only thing that is achieved is to generate pain, injury and even an infection.
Pearly papules and genital herpes: the differences
There are many people who confuse both conditions. However, they have little or nothing to do with each other. These are the differences.
On the one hand, pearly papules are white or flesh-colored bumps 1 to 3 millimeters in diameter that appear on the crown of the glans. They are not associated with any type of pathogen. Meanwhile, genital herpes is a virus that affects the genital area ; It is characterized by presenting small ulcers that cause great pain and that in most cases are infected; ulcers are sometimes accompanied by blisters that break to the touch because they are so sensitive.
Pearly papules are in no case contagious. Meanwhile, genital herpes is contagious, especially through sexual intercourse.
Regarding treatment, pearly papules can be removed for cosmetic reasons or because they are uncomfortable to have sexual intercourse; However, for medical reasons they do not require treatment because they are harmless. Genital herpes requires the use of medications ; still, it is a condition that cannot be cured.
If you liked this article about pearly papules on the glans penis and you want to continue learning about the subject, we leave you a video on YouTube that explains in detail this condition from the hand of Dr. Cristian González, urologist and oncologist.
Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.