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White spots on the penis: causes

by Alivia Nyhan
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The white spots on the penis, in principle, can be dermatological lesions that have nothing to do with sexually transmitted diseases. Nor can they be considered diseases, since in most cases they are a normal physiological reaction. These conditions not only appear as spots, but also in the form of a bump, in any of the cases you should consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis. In FastlyHeal  we clarify what are the causes that can produce white spots on the penis.

Manchas de Fordyce

They are sebaceous glands that are superficially, and that generate painless and very small pimples of white, yellow and cream color. Contrary to what is believed, Fordyce spots do not only appear on the penis , it is also possible to find them on the lips of the face, and when it occurs in women they occur on the lips of the vagina. These lesions are not malignant or infectious.

Considered a physiological variation, this condition does not need treatment. However, for people who are concerned about aesthetics there are treatments to reduce the production of sebum, although this is not entirely effective, since they can reappear. Many dermatologists agree that the definitive reduction of these lumps is with laser therapy.

Despite being a natural phenomenon, Fordyce spots can have some complications:

  • Emotional affectation : people who have these more visible spots may suffer from anxiety or depression.
  • Bleeding : it is possible that the spots bleed during sexual intercourse.

Similarly, an improvement in your diet, consuming antioxidant foods and vitamins A, C, D, E and K, could help treat them. Personal hygiene is also important to avoid complications or infections.

Pápulas perladas

They are flesh-colored bumps that appear on the crown of the penis and are usually very sensitive and can cause discomfort. Its appearance is not related to sexually transmitted diseases or personal hygiene issues and in some cases it can be hereditary. Papules can diminish their visibility with advancing age.

Like Fordyce spots, they do not need treatment, but if their removal is required, for aesthetic purposes, there are the following surgical options, remember that these procedures should be suggested by your doctor:

  • CO2 laser: the papules are vaporized using carbon dioxide, it is not an invasive surgery and its recovery is quite fast
  • Silver nitrate: it is an inorganic salt that is applied in low doses and in very localized areas. This treatment can have side effects.
  • Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the papules and kill them. Cryotherapy is contraindicated in the case of heart disease, rheumatism and alterations in blood pressure.

Manchas de Fordyce

Fordyce spots are one of the main causes of white spots on the penis. Its appearance is that of small lumps or bumps whiter than the skin and its origin is the blockage of the sebaceous glands on the surface of the penis . These white spots on the glans are painless and usually appear on the trunk. You should know that these stains do not cause any danger, although if you want, for an aesthetic reason, there are different techniques with which they can be removed.

Generally, these spots are already present from the birth of the male, however, they can get older with age or become more marked. In addition, this problem can not only occur in men, but in women it can also appear on the vaginal lips or in the mouth.

White spots on the penis from morphea

Morphea is another condition that can cause whitish spots on the penis. Morphea is a sclerosis that can cause fibrosis in the man’s limb . We do not know well the origin of this condition, what we do know are its characteristics and symptoms. At first, some red or even purple marks appear that, little by little, become whitish or yellowish.

These are plaques that are found on the surface of the skin and, although they may be somewhat elevated or somewhat depressed, they never contact the deeper tissue layers of the skin.

On the other hand, in the area where the morphea marks appear, hair and sensitivity disappear , as well as a reduction in sweating . This is a condition that can appear in different parts of the body, however, the most common areas are the trunk, face, extremities and genitals. Precisely, in the male genitalia, it is where it usually appears in men between 20-50 years old.

Lichen sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus is another pathology that can cause white spots on the penis. This is a chronic disease that causes atrophy of the skin , starting with white patches in which keratin accumulates.

This pathology usually appears in the genitals and the anal region, both in women and in men, that is why in the latter it is one of the main causes of the appearance of white spots on the penis . However, it can also appear on the scalp or extremities.

In the case of the appearance of lichen sclerosus on the penis, it can end up causing xerotic balanitis , an inflammation of the glans that must be treated with corticosteroid creams.

Vitiligo or leucodermia

Vitiligo is a pathology that causes disorders in the pigmentation of the dermis, which causes a loss of color in certain areas of the skin. The vitiligo is given by the lack of melanocytes , melanin cells that are responsible for our skin color to bring you . That is why when there is a loss of these white spots appear.

Although it is not very clear why this condition appears, we do know that it has genetic links and with certain autoimmune diseases such as thyroid problems or diabetes. Vitiligo can appear on the genitals, causing white patches to appear on the skin . However, it is normal for it to appear earlier in other areas of the body, especially the hands, skin folds or forearms.

It is a benign condition that does not generate problems beyond the aesthetic ones, on the other hand, there is no clear treatment for its elimination.

When to go to the doctor for white spots on the penis

Once we have already explained the possible causes of white spots on the penis, you have been able to verify that there are differences in the severity of each of them. Just as there are some that are benign and that are not a problem, there are others that require adequate treatment as soon as possible. That is why you should go to a urologist when you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Peeling
  • Grain.
  • Scars
  • Redness
  • Intense itching
  • Pain.

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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