Pearly Penile Papules


What are they?

In essence these are swollen hair follicles without the hair, alternatively known as "hirsuties papillaris genitalis". They are typically located on the corona and found in approximately 30% of men at some time in their adult lives. They are benign and do not warrant treatment other than for cosmetic reasons, but to the naked eye can be confused with genital warts. Being located on the glans, they are unaffected by circumcision. Worth discussing with your doctor if you have them, to ensure that they really are benign papules and not something more serious. Here are some illustrations:

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