Often mistaken for an STDs, pearly penile papules-also commonly known as Hirsuties papillaris genitalis-refers to occurrence of unsightly bumps or pimples afflicting the head area of the male organ. According to research, up to 50 percent of males have penile papules. But since the usually dome-topped pimples aren’t painful, many men hardly seek medical attention. However, with the papules closely resembling most of STDs complications, it pays for any individual conscious of their personal health to have a better understanding of this condition and seeking most fitting mode of treatment. This article, with all its insights, is a great starting point. Read on.
Appearance of penile papules
Ordinarily, the papules appear around corona of the penis and occur more frequently in uncircumcised males. In their basic form, the skin-colored bumps range between 1 mm to 3 mm in size and usually encircle the penis corona forming either single or multiple rows. They are most prevalent in males at ages are between 20 and 45 years. There aren’t known causative factors of penile papules yet. Additionally, the protrusions dwindle with age and are less conspicuous at advanced ages.
Diagnosing and treatment
Penile papules aren’t a health risk. Even so, many people consider them unsightly and a disdain by extension. With increased awareness on STDs, a larger percentage of men, or their partners, who have an active social and sexual life consider the protrusions unsightly, unhygienic and aesthetically discomforting. More so, the bumps have close resemblance to genital warts that can lead to health complications. For this, diagnosing and treating the condition is utmost vital.
Below are the treatment alternatives for pearly penile papules
CO2 laser treatment
Perhaps the most popular medical alternative is CO2 laser treatment. In this alternative, a surgeon targets a beam of infrared light on the penis head to disintegrate papule tissues. The infrared light originates from carbon dioxide lasers making the process safe, fast and efficient.
For this form of papules treatment, a surgeon selectively ionizes the tissue using high dose radiation. Free radicals, which are deleterious to papule cells, are produced. The radicals kill the cells subsequently eliminating the protrusions. Lidocaine, a numbing cream, is first applied on the treatment area to minimize possible pain during the treatment.
Alternative home remedies
Prevalent before the onset of surgical alternatives, Tea tree oil is still commonly used for treating papules. Its healing power is vested in its antifungal, antiseptic and antimicrobial effects. Any person using tea oil to treat PPP will however have to observe a strict treatment schedule for the alternative to prove effective.
Health considerations while treating the papules
The glans area of the male organ is highly sensitive and susceptible to infections. Therefore, exercise caution during treatment. Specifically, avoid piercing the papules since this will inevitably pose greater health threats that can affect the sexual functioning of your penis.
In summary, pearly penile papules pose no health risk to victims. However, they are a source of psychological agony for many as it affects their social and sexual lives. Luckily, there exist effective medical solutions that totally heals the papules with no side effects whatsoever.