Worry tends to accompany the discovery of new spots when they’re on the penis. Knowing whether or not they are cause for concern can cause a scare.
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Syphilis causes a chancre or ulcer at the site of infection that disappears on its own in weeks. However, while the chancre goes away, the bacteria is still inside you and needs to be treated or it will progress into more serious stages of the disease. HPV (human papillomavirus) is the cause of genital warts, which are painless flesh-colored warts that occur in clusters on the penis and in the genital region (the area covered by boxer shorts).
Medically Reviewed by J. Frank Martin JR., MD on Jun 18, 2019
Written by Taysha Silva on July 12, 2017