My Boyfriend Has Little Bumps On His Penis!! He Says His Doctor Told Him They Are Pearly Penile Papules. What Are These Things!?!?

Dear Couch,

My new boyfriend told me he has these little bumps on his penis which felt to me like warts...he told me he went to the doctor and his doctor explained to him that they were a normal skin condition which he needed not to worry about called ' pearly penile papules' . I looked this skin condition up & from what I read, it seemed to me like these ' papules' were only white-fleshy finger like protrusions on the rim of the penis head and were not at all what I felt all around my boyfriend's penis (tiny bumps that really felt like tiny warts). Since the information on this skin condition is so limited, I was wondering if you could explain to me EXACTLY what ' pearly penile papules' were and if they communicable?


Dear Hnydust,

Well thank you for being graphic. Allow us to be more graphic by showing everyone a picture of what you found on the Net to be Pearly Penile Papules (PPP). However, PPP does not always appear in the fleshy fingerlike form shown in the picture but can also be small rounded bumps around the head of the penis and sometimes the shaft. Let us quote directly from Chapter Eleven of Clinical Dermatology:
Pearly Penile Papules: Dome-shaped or hairlike projections, called pearly penile papules, appear on the corona of the penis in up to 10 of male patients. These small angiofibromas are normal variants but are sometimes mistaken for warts. No treatment is required.

Unfortunately the information on the Net is extremely limited on this subject or we would have pointed you to more links. If these bumps are PPPs then they are by no means communicable. However there is the slim chance they could be Molluscum. If you're still freaked about it, suggest you and your boyfriend take a trip to the STD clinic together. If he's open to it, you can approach the examination with the little bumps being the main focus but you should both get the full battery of tests since you're there. If a second opinion concludes Pearly Penile Papules, then rejoice! You've got a boyfriend with a novelty penis!

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