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What should I do if I find a pimple on my penis?

There are many types of penis pimples and bumps, but they all have one thing in common: they should not be popped or squeezed. Popping a pimple on your penis can lead to infection or scarring. It’s important to keep the penis pimple and the surrounding area clean and dry, but avoid scrubbing or using harsh cleansers that can cause irritation. If the pimple doesn’t go away or show signs of being infected, visit a doctor or dermatologist for treatment. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD or not.

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STD signs that get confused for penis pimples:

Some signs and symptoms of STDs can be mistaken for just being a pimple or ingrown hair at first. It isn't until symptoms escalate that individuals realize that there is more going on down there than a zit or two. Because it is difficult to inspect the area by oneself, signs of an STD may go unnoticed or ignored. Genital herpes outbreaks cause cluster-like patches of blisters to occur that can be confused for pimples or acne. Certain strains of HPV, human papillomavirus, can cause genital warts in the groin area. These warts are often first thought to be pimples by many patients. Other STDs can cause rashes, sores or lesions.

What are penis pimples?

Bumps and pimple-like lumps on the genitals, whether singular or multiple, tend to cause alarm. Skin problems are common, and skin problems on the genitals are no exception.

  • Pimples - Pus-filled white bumps that can that occur when bacteria that is commonly found on the body infect the area.
  • Folliculitis - A condition caused when hair follicles become infected, resulting in inflamed pimples. Sebaceous cysts are yellowish pimple or bumps that are caused by blocked or clogged oil glands. They typically go away on their own without medical care.
  • Hirsutoid papillomas (Pearly penile papules) - Flesh-colored papules that are spiny in shape. They often are found in a ring around the sulcus coronarius (the edge of the head of the penis just above the shaft). They are benign, harmless, and don’t disappear, but are not the result of an STD or contagious.
  • Razor burn (Razor bumps) - Small, irritated red bumps that pop up due to bacteria or ingrown hairs on or near the genitals after shaving.
  • Staph infections - While the staph bacteria (Staphylococcus) is carried by about 25 percent of people and lives on the body, a genital staph infection is a rare occurrence. Tiny nicks or cuts caused by razors allow the bacteria to enter the body, causing a pus-filled boil to form. Staph is a contagious infection, but is not an STD. Treatment with antibiotics is necessary as staph can spread and cause serious health problems (including death).

What should you do if you find a penis pimple?

There are many types of penis pimples and bumps, but they all have one thing in common: they should not be popped or squeezed. Popping a pimple on your penis can lead to infection or scarring. It’s important to keep the penis pimple and the surrounding area clean and dry, but avoid scrubbing or using harsh cleansers that can cause irritation. If the pimple doesn’t go away or show signs of being infected, visit a doctor or dermatologist for treatment.

Penis pimples can be caused by many conditions, not all of which are STDs. Learn the various types of pimples or bumps that can form on or around the penis.

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