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Lump on the penis: causes

by Alivia Nyhan
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Few things can scare a man more than those related to the health of his genitals. The presence of any symptom that may alert you to an abnormal event, such as a lump in the penis, together with the lack of information, can lead to self-diagnosis, generating great fear. In addition, the fear or refusal to go to a specialist can further increase the discomfort of finding the solution without knowing what it is. For this reason, in this FastlyHealarticle we will place special emphasis on the causes that may be behind a bulge or lumps on the penis .

Pearly papules or Fordyce spots

The papules Pearly are small bumps that appear initially as a simple irritation, but increase in size to take on the appearance of a small wart. One or more can appear over time and can be easily mistaken for genital warts or a sexually transmitted disease. It should be said that it does not pose a health risk beyond an aesthetic fact nor can it be contagious, although it can psychologically influence whoever suffers them because it gives the penis an unusual appearance, and people can relate it to an STD causing rejection.

The Fordyce spots are to the same as the pearly papules, protuberances with a yellowish or whitish appearance which may be congenital, and acquire an aspect increasingly visible with time. Only one spot or a group of them may appear on the penis, scrotum, vaginal lips, lips and face, and although the cause of its appearance is not known precisely, they are not related to any sexually transmitted disease nor is it contagious.

In both cases, there is no defined treatment, although the best option is to go to a specialist to establish the most appropriate diagnosis.

Genital warts, sores, or ulcers

In this case, we are also talking about bumps that appear on the penis, vulva, around and inside the anus, urethra and cervix. The genital warts are spread through sexual contact caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). In this case, it does pose a health risk and even if the person does not know they have them, they can infect it. People with several sexual or sexually active partners at an early age have a higher risk of infection. Lumps on the penis from genital warts appear similar to flesh-colored or whitish patches, flat or raised, only one or more warts and vary in size.

The sores may present as a lump on the penis, scrotum , or male urethra and the most common cause of infection it is through sexual transmission. The causes of ulcers can be several:

  • Genital herpes Small blisters filled with clear fluid and causing pain.
  • Genital warts. Flesh-colored penis lumps that look like the top of a cauliflower.
  • Syphilis. It is an open sore or ulcer that does not cause pain.

Lichen planus or molluscum contagiosum

The Lichen planus is a disease in which lumps may appear on the penis or in the mouth, and other areas. The cause is unknown, however it relates to an allergic reaction to certain substances and diseases such as hepatitis C . These lumps on the penis are itchy, have fine edges, may have fine white lines, and their appearance is shiny or scaly. Its color is usually reddish or dark and can generate sores or ulcers. It is not a contagious disease and it is not harmful to health, beyond its symptoms.

The molluscum contagiosum may appear as a lump on the penis or other areas, looking like pearly papules we explained in the first point. The main difference with these is that mollusks are contagious and is transmitted through sexual contact, or in the case of children, through objects contaminated with the virus, such as toys, clothing or towels. Initially, it looks like a small, painless lump, and it may become larger and flesh-colored. It does not usually cause inflammation or is accompanied by redness in the affected area, and can appear on both the genitals, the abdomen or the inside of the thigh.

Peyronie’s disease or penile cancer

The Peyronie ‘s disease is a common bit condition characterized by one or more zones hardened skin, making the penis is curved with erection. This condition is accompanied by pain in the penis during erection and erectile dysfunction, in addition to curvature. In this case, the lumps on the penis do not manifest as a bulge, but rather as small hardened plaques.

Finally, another cause for a penis lump is penile cancer . The cause is unknown but it is related to poor hygiene of the area under the foreskin, as well as having suffered from genital warts or the human papillomavirus increase, facts that increase the risk of suffering from penile cancer. The symptoms that accompany this condition are sores on the penis, pain, and sometimes bleeding.


Before anticipating or making any advance decision, you should go to the doctorso that a specialist can assess the lump or lumps on the penis. As we have explained in this article, the lumps on the penis can be contagious or not, so avoid having sex in case you have witnessed a lump and do not know the cause, in order to avoid contagion. Don’t try to remove the bulge or apply irritating substances, as you could damage your penis. Try not to draw hasty conclusions, and in the case of having a partner and having recently had sexual intercourse, the most advisable thing is that both of you go to a specialist, since if the lumps on the penis are the result of a sexually transmitted disease, it is Probably both of you could be infected.

This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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