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A Quick Guide to Lumps on the Penis by The Healthy Bear (Video)

Oh no! Oh YES! Real men take care of their health, however ungodly the topic may sound. It’s called being a healthy adult. Taking care of your health, including your penis, will take away the stress of “not knowing” the answers to questions that make you lose sleep at night. This is what our good friend Dr George Forgan- Smith has to say about lumps found on the penis. LOWER YOUR STRESS, GET INFORMED!


I was sent the following question and thought it a good idea to share some information on common causes of lumps on the penis.

Hi I’m 27 and have been in and out of relationships, I have had small red bumps around the rim of the head on my penis. They seem to always be there (erection or not) sometimes end up even more red after masturbating. If anyone could possibly know what this might be please give me some info on possibilities.

In response to this question I have created a bit of a video to help answer his question and to also reduce anxiety a little.

By far one of the most common causes of lumps on the penis is “pearly penile papules”. Most frequently seen in uncut men, they are normal, cause no harm and are not able to be transmitted. Despite a scary number of websites cropping up offering treatment and cures, don’t stress. They are normal and there is no need to worry.

The second most common causes of painless lumps on the penis is warts. Causes by the Human Papilloma Virus they are easily spread and, thankfully, easily treated. They are so common they are frequently called “the common cold of sexual diseases”. Penile warts can range in size from very small right up to large lumps that may require surgery. The good news is that they are easily treated when they are small, so early identification and treatment is best. Be sure to talk to your family doctor or local sexual health clinic for diagnosis and treatments.

The two common causes of blisters on the penis are herpes and a less common viral infection called molluscum contagiosum. The main feature that differentiates these two causes of blisters is pain. Molluscum contagiosum are painless where as herpes blisters can be very painful, sore to touch and have a burning sensation. If you notice any blisters on your penis be sure to see your doctor as soon as you can as there are effective treatments that can reduce the amount of blisters and pain.

On final cause of penis lumps is syphilis. The first stage of syphilis, also called primary syphilis, presents with a flat painless ulcer called a chancre. This sore appears about 21 days after exposure to syphilis. While this can be found on the penis, syphilitic chancres can also be in and around the mouth and anus where they can sometimes be missed. Testing for syphilis is part of the standard sexual health screening and if discovered can be treated with antibiotics.

Of course if you notice any lumps or bumps on your penis, ass or any other part of your body be sure to talk with your doctor. Remember the earlier the treatment the better.

Yours in good health.

Dr George

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