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Pearly Penile Papules

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Pearly Penile Papules, often abbreviated to PPP, are found around the head of the penis. Sometimes the foreskin needs to be pulled back in order to see them. The papules are small, smooth spots that are white or skin-coloured and 1mm-3mm across. They will often appear in small rows a bit like a string of pearls, hence the name. The good news is that penile papules are absolutely nothing to worry about as they pose no health risks and will not cause any pain or irritation. In fact, they are very common, with an estimated 20% of the male population developing them. There is no known cause of PPP.

Although they are not infectious and aren’t related in any way to sexual activity and personal hygiene, the papules can still be worrying for those who don’t know what they are and who may mistake them as an STI. Men with PPP should not pick them or attempt to squeeze them, as this could lead to scarring and infection. It is possible to have the papules removed for cosmetic reasons, which dermatologists may do by using a CO2 laser to vaporise the spots. This does not involve any injections in the penis as an anaesthetic cream can be used and men will be fully healed within one to two weeks. It is important to remember that despite this being a safe and effective procedure, removal is not obligatory. It is often opted for by people who are finding that the papules are affecting their self-confidence.

While PPP are harmless, it is always advisable to have any lumps or bumps in your genital area checked out by a doctor just in case.

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Everyone! PPP is nothing to worry about. I realized it wasn't "normal" after my first sexual encounter but that was over 10 years ago. I've met other people that have it, and have seen others have it too. It's not contagious, it's not even talked about, because IT'S NATURAL!! Yes i'd love them to be gone, but i'd also like a 10" penis, but sadly, it's not going to happen! You need to love you for being you. It's not available on the nhs, if you want to throw money at it, you will probably end up with scar tissue and from what I have read, run the risk of losing sensitivity, or worse, lose feeling in "those nerves" altogether. Stick with your junk. It's 'YOURS' after all.





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I am 16 i have something similar to this i have little white pimples that look like they have pus and it looks exactly like this PPP should i be worried





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Hi I'm a girl and I have genital herpes, which really sucks :( I am currently dating someone with PPP but it's scary...he knows I have herpes and he's okay about it, but I am unsure about the PPP does it effect the herpes? Will it make his PPP worse if he has herpes? How much does it cost to get the PPP removed? It's uncomfortable for me and freaks me out a little...:(





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PPP isn't an infection, it's harmless. It won't make your herpes worse, and your herpes won't affect his PPP; provided you're using protection. Removing PPP is pretty costly, depending on where you go to get it removed. If he wants to get them removed (it IS his choice, after all) have him go to his GP and have them answer his questions.

I'm 18 and had PPP for a few years now, I told a potential sexual encounter that I had them and it messed everything up. I can't have sex and its completely ruined my self esteem, life isn't normal and if anything it's left me feeling stressed out. I'm going to go to my doctor's soon and I'm asking to have them removed, I'm hoping that the NHS would pay for it? Why isn't there a cure for this kinda stuff?





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Guys i'm 20 yrs old to,i'm frm ladysmith.i'm living with PPP to.it really scare me,and it's did the same thing to my girlfriend,i show her,an it's scare her a lot.i feel like my days are over now.plz guys if u could help me,im living with stress,and this is really make me sick.





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I read once that its a trait which increases sensitivity for both the male and female during sex, so look at it in a positive light. I also have PPP, but not a single one of my sex partners has ever noticed it unless I pointed it out. She just said, "oh cool!" Don't bring it up if you don't have to, and it's okay to do that because it's something that's harmless. Have you ever seen a vagina with extra large lips? I have, and the girl didn't mention it to me at all. When we were unclothed I could tell she was shy but "bringing it up" turns something that's not a situation into something that is. 20% of males have them, which is about 22 million males in the USA over the age of 18. Don't sweat it bro, just be confident and play it off it the question comes up.

I have pain on my ppp. is it is cureable?





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I have little but ppp in my penis

Hi, I'm currently 15 years old, and I've had PPP ever since I can remember. I want to get rid of it but I'm too scared to tell my parents about it. So I'm not gonna do that. I noticed it looks like it's getting worse. I currently only have on the skin but also about 2 on the tip. I'm from Denmark and I just don't know what to do :( I need help someone. I don't want anyone to know - not even my parents. I can't go see a doctor either without my parents i guess? I am going to "boarding school?" (I don't know if that's the correct word for it in english), but it's basically a school where you live, and then you can come home in some weekends. Guys im just afraid it will scare the girls away or something :( what should i do???? i just want to get rid of it, but im not gonna tell my parents. Please help me guys. if anyone knows how to remove it please help





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I just don't want to ruin what could possibly be the best year of my life. It's too embarrassing to tell my parents so im really not doing that. Thanks for you help

If your not cut girls never see them honestly had them all my live I'm still the only person that knows I have the after reasonable amount of sexual partners, the only time a girl even gets close to seeing them is blowjobs but just make her look at your face when she's down there after that they foucus on the task at hand.

Hey man. I'm currently 15 years old right now and I'm stuck in the same situation. I DON'T WANT TO TELL MY PARENTS. I live in Denmark too actually, and thankfully professional removement is free here. I have really want to tell my mom some time but yeah, I'm pretty nervous, but it's really the only solution to get rid of them

Lol ive had them too its no big deal women dont care frankly they probably add to the pleasure....like studded condoms!....dont freak out if their pants come off they are past the point of caring what you have in your pants....sex makes them go away...lol probably wears tgem off!

I'm 16 I have ppp and I don't know what to do please help

Hi guys. Something reminded me of PPP and I thought I'd share some advice. I struggled with PPP when I was a teenager. For years. I tried all the home remedies and of course they never worked. I repeat: they just simply DO NOT work. Eventually, I decided I had had enough and sought to get them professionally removed. The procedure is so straightforward and quick I was genuinely amazed. It is done privately though so the only issue is expense. When I had them removed I think it cost around £500-£600. Being a poor student this was a lot of cash..but still totally worth it. Please save yourself years of stress and anxiety and just get them removed.





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Hi, where did you get this done? Thanks

I Am 13 and have bout 9 pearly pauples on my penis I have read about them and know they are harmless but I am so worried that my future partner will freak out and think I have an std. Should I tell my parents and get them removed ? Coz like its just so embarrassing Pls reply





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If you feel strongly about it and are ok with talking to your parents about it go ahead but can tell you iv had them since I was about your age bit younger married these days 38 now if your not circumcised no ones going to see them unless you show them your foreskin pulled back far enuf and with a erection that ain't happening and the reaction is always oh right cool whatever it's a dick never once has someone freaked out so don't worry kid

Hello I've had these ppp for as long as I can remember, even before I had any sexually activity, I've told several different partners I've had throughout my life exactly what it is and they have been absolutely fine, I'm 26 years old now and I've decided I would like to part with my little pearls as even though my current girlfriend doesn't mind them they have been an aesthetic problem for me for many years, could you recommend a good demotoligist to remove them or another method of treatment to remove them, "price isn't an issue they just need to be gone" thanks and I'll look forward to a response





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Hi Richard, I too have just decided to have my PPP removed.I finally found a PPP specialist who I trust because according to his website:www.ppptreatment.com this doctor has done over 1000 PPP patients. He is located in USA in PA. and CA. I completed his contact form on his website and sent him pictures of my PPP condition just to make sure he would treat me. He was great and responded to my email within a day.He is going to do a "free" consultation and treatment on the same day which saves me time. Check out his website for his contact information.


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