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How Can I Cure Painful Spots on My Penis?

November 5, 2015

Generally, spots on the penis are not the sign of a serious medical problem. But without examination by a physician and a diagnosis, it's impossible to know the cause of spots on the penis and how to deal with the problem. If you're having this problem, you need to seek medical advice.

Causes of Spots on the Penis

Several, very common types of spots are quite normal and harmless. No treatment is needed for:

  • Fordyce spots
  • pearly papules
  • hair follicles
  • septic spots (pimples)

In contrast, genital warts should be seen by a doctor. They are pink, brown, ivory-colored or black (depending on your skin shade). Genital warts are easily passed on during vaginal, oral or anal sex. Treatments can help you get rid of the warts, but they cannot cure you of the human papillomavirus infection that causes the warts.


Molluscum contagiosum produces tiny, dome-shaped, pearly lumps on the skin. They are not usually painful. These spots are pink or brown (depending on your skin colour), and they usually have a little dimple on top. The bumps associated with molluscum contagiosum usually disappear within a year without treatment, but removal is also an option.

Syphilis can cause a painless lump on the penis -- or at any other site of sexual contact. Depending on your skin color, the lump (called a chancre) will be dull red, brown or black. It soon breaks down into a raw area on the skin (an ulcer), which is also painless. A short course of antibiotics will get rid of the infection.

Herpes causes clusters of red spots on the penis or in the genital area. The spots first appear fluid-filled and blister-like, but then burst and become red and scaly. These outbreaks are often painful. There's no cure for genital herpes, but medications can ease symptoms and reduce the risk of infecting others.

Scabies is a disease caused by a mite infestation that causes intense itching and red, raised spots on the glans (head) of the penis and in other parts of the body. Scabies is treated with medications applied to your skin that kill the mites.

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To find out more about these symptoms, we recommend the following articles:

In addition, our Q&A experts sometimes address questions about penile health in our "Ask the Experts" forums. Here are some of those questions and our experts' responses:

  • Penis boil
    A boil has appeared on roughly the midpoint of my penis. It's not painful. What might be the cause?
  • Small, white sore
    A doctor said that these small, white sores on the tip of my penis may be a bacterial infection and that I shouldn't be worried. But is there a risk?
  • Syphilis and herpes worries
    This round-ish sore on my penis shaft seems to match descriptions I've read online about syphilis, though they don't quite match pictures I've seen. What do you think?

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