Pearly penile papules is also known as hirsuties papillaris genitalis. A person suffering from this disease may have tiny skin colored bumps on the head of the penis. They bumps usually occur in rows. They do not pop, open or seep. They may cause some discomfort like irritation and unpleasant sensation. This condition is not serious and does not spread sexually. It is usually seen among men between the age group of 20-30. As they age the bumps decrease or fade. Pearly penile papules is common in men who have circumcised than those who are not. The cause of this condition is not very clear.
There is no need to feel worried about the disease because pearly penile papules is not a serious condition. However, you can still have it checked by your doctor. Many people feel that it is a sexually transmitted disease which is not true. The cause for this disease has not yet been found until today. It also has no relationship to sexual activity or your personal hygiene. Sometimes you may also have a yellowish white discharge that could be due to a clogged gland or a sebaceous cyst. If you experience this get it checked by your doctor. Do not pick the bumps because it can make the pearly penile papules infected.
There are several treatment options to get rid of pearly penile papules. One common method to remove the bumps is by using carbon dioxide ablation. The procedure is very simple and you will not experience any discomfort during the procedure. The dermatologist uses a carbon dioxide laser to vaporize the bump. The area is numbed before the procedure so that you do not experience any pain. Lidocaine is applied topically to numb the area for the procedure. Once the procedure is complete you will experience some swelling. But you will become normal within a week or two. This method is the safest method for treating pearly penile papules.
Sometimes the pearly penile papules fade away by themselves. But sometimes they increase in number too. Since there are various treatments for this condition you can choose the best according to your convenience and intensity of the disease. You can also find many over-the-counter medications. They may not be very effective for all. Some people try to use the wart removal products to get rid of the bumps. They are also not very effective. Be careful not to pick or pop the bumps as they can cause permanent scarring and infection. There are no effective lotions or pill for pearly penile papules treatment.
Other methods for treating pearly penile papules include cryotherapy, electrodessication with curettage, excisional surgery etc. Cryotherapy involves freezing the lesion using liquid nitrogen. This makes the lesions to fall off after peeling or scabing. This is done with the help of a doctor. Electrodessication is done by using local anesthetic. It involves using a tool to scrap off the bumps. After scraping the area is cauterized to seal the wound and stop bleeding. Excisional surgery uses surgery to remove the bumps and sutures to close open areas. This is carried out by using local anesthetic. It is a tedious process also. With so many treatment options you can choose the best method after consulting your doctor.