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White bumps scattered on penis shaft with no pain or

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White bumps scattered on penis shaft with no pain or itching, however seem to be spreading.

Hello I'm Dr Chip

Got your photos--thanks

How long have you had them?

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
Hi Dr. Chip,
I would say a couple of months. My primary care doctor diagnosed them as pearly penile papules, but I am skeptical. However, I haven't been able to find any pictures online that match what I have. The closest thing I saw was some photos of molluscum contagiosum.....

Not PPP's for sure

And they really don't look like molluscum either

I think they're a variety of Fordyce spots but totally benign and not any kind of infection

Usually they clear on their own but you could try over the counter RetinA or Retinol cream or a dermatologist can remove them with a cold CO2 laser

Please let me know if you need any more information

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
Interesting.....any particular reason Fordyce spots would appear all of the sudden on someone in their late 30s? I thought they appeared around adolescence....

No--I've seen them at all ages and I've seen them spread like this

There's no specific trigger for them although they're basically small blocked sebaceous glands

Customer: replied 27 days ago.
Ok, thank you Dr. Chip!

My pleasure

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Customer: replied 22 days ago.
Just following up on this. Saw my primary care doctor today (the same one who earlier diagnosed the spots as PPP's) again regarding these bumps. He changed his diagnosis to genital warts this time and he applied cryotherapy to several of them. Not sure if I have a lot of confidence in his diagnosis, but I guess we will see how they will respond. I asked for a dermatology referral, but he declined my request.

I disagree with his diagnosis