Common Causes of Bumps on Penis

There are several reasons one can develop papules or bumps on penis. It may be either due to non-infectious cause like pearly penile papules and Fordyce spots or may be due to sexually transmitted disease like genital warts. It is obvious to fear when someone gets bumps on penis or anywhere around genital areas but not every bumps are sexually transmitted, in fact most of the bumps around penis are harmless. Being said that, it is always wise to visit the doctor and confirm the case rather than trying to diagnose your-self just by looking picture on internet.

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum are small dome-shaped and painless pearly flesh-colored bumps with central depression. MC can occur in penis, scrotum, inner thigh or any other parts of the body. Early lesion may be confused with genital warts or herpes but unlike herpes they are painless and have distinguishing features like pearly bumps with central depression. Molluscum Contagiosum is harmless and is usually self-limited which gradually resolves over several months.

Pearly Penile Papules

Pearly penile papules, also called as hirsuties papillaris genitalis or hirsuties coronae glandis are small dome-shaped, skin-colored bumps seen on sulcus or corona of the glans penis. These papules are arranged in one or several rows around the base of the head of the penis. They are commonly seen in men with uncircumcised penis. They are usually asymptomatic and may persist throughout the life. No treatment is necessary for pearly penile papules except for cosmetic purpose.

Fordyce Spots

Fordyce spots are extremely common skin lesion occurring in around 80% to 95% of the total population. Fordyce spots can be commonly seen on glans penis, shaft of penis and scrotum and are usually multiple small, pinhead, painless, yellowish or whitish focally grouped macules or papules. Fordyce spots are non-infectious and totally harmless so, no treatment is required.

Genital warts or Condyloma Acuminata

Genital warts are pink to skin-colored bumps commonly seen on perianal areas, shaft of penis and scrotum. They are very common viral infection caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) which are acquired through sexual contact. Some people may never develop signs and symptoms but most develop lesion within 1-3 months of sexual contact with the partner. However, for some individuals it may take several months to years for warts to be clinically apparent. Genital warts initially starts with small, smooth or rough, flesh-colored bump and gradually increase in number and size which may be arrange in a groups resembling cauliflower appearance. Sometimes giant cauliflower like appearance may be seen on glans penis, foreskin and perianal areas which is termed as giant condyloma acuminata. Some papers suggest that they may represent a malignant transformation, verrucous carcinoma (VC).

Lichen Nitidus

Lichen Nitidus appear as small tiny clusters of red, brown violet or skin-colored shiny bumps with flat-topped. They are relatively uncommon and may appear on genitals. Although most of the lesions are asymptomatic, some may complain of mild itching. The cause of lichen Nitidus is unclear. Lichen Nitidus is harmless and no treatment is required.


Angiokeratoma are harmless lesion commonly seen on scrotum, shaft of penis and glans penis in men. They appear as tiny black, blue, or dark red dome-shaped bumps with scaly surface. Although most of the cases are asymptomatic few may be associated with pain and itching. In young individuals the lesion tend to be smaller red and less scaly, while larger, dark blue or black with more scales in old individuals. Although angiokeratoma of the scrotum is often considered as harmless condition, it has the potential to cause considerable worry and distress to patients.

Bowenoid papulosis

Bowenoid papulosis usually occurs in young sexually active individuals. Bowenoid papulosis appear as single or multiple, small red, brown to flesh-colored bumps with flat or rough surface. Lesion occurs most commonly on shaft of penis, although it can occur anywhere around ano-genital areas. They are caused by human papillomavirus (the virus that causes genital warts) and are sexually transmitted and shares clinical similarities with genital warts. They are most commonly caused by HPV 16. Bowenoid papulosis is considered to be transitional state between genital warts and Bowen disease and has potential to be malignant.

Scrotal Calcinosis

Scrotal calcinosis is an uncommon harmless condition characterized by slowly growing multiple, painless, hard scrotal papules or nodules that occur in the presence of normal calcium and phosphate metabolism.

Penile syringoma

Syringoma that are localized on penis are thought to be rare dermatological condition. Only few cases of syringoma of the penis are documented in English literature. Clinically, syringoma on the penis appear as small asymptomatic yellow-brown or skin-colored bumps that may be localized on back or lateral surface of shaft of penis. Syringoma are harmless lesion and no treatment is required.

Penile Milia

Although not quite common, milia on penis can be occasional findings in men. These are again harmless and can be treated simply by unroofing the with a tip of a needle and extracting the contents. This is often quick and painless procedure.

There are several other disease and condition that can develop on scrotum or penis some of which are listed below. Please be warned that several other disease can also develop on genital areas that has not been discussed in this articles. To know more about skin colored, pigmented or red bumps on penis please refer to another article here

  • Seborrheic keratosis
  • Penile epidermoid cysts
  • Lichen planus
  • Lichen nitidus
  • Secondary syphilis
  • Epidermoid cyst
  • Neurofibroma
  • Leiomyoma
  • Mucinous syringometaplasia
  • Acrochordons (skin tags)
  • Melanocytic nevus
  • Scabies
  • Venous varicosities
  • Granuloma annulare
  • Nevus comedonicus
  • xanthogranuloma
  • Pseudo-Kaposi sarcoma
  • Carcinoma erysipeloids
  • Leprosy
  • Amyloidosis
  • Lipoid proteinosis
  • Tuberculide
  • Insect bite and tick bite
  • Primary lymphogranuloma venereum
  • Primary granuloma inguinale


  1. Rao Saad says:

    I am having tgese wierd spots on the upper an d lower end of my penis. They are small round shaped. They itch a lot and are sort of red in colour. They are like 50 of them, can you please help me please I am really freaking out that it might be some cancer i am only like 14 years old and a virgin please help me.

  2. hi, probably it could be harmless condition but can u please get a clear picture of it and post it to me or post on forums here: we’ll try to suggest you and advice management if needed.

  3. Unfaithful One says:

    I am having these weird bumps on my scrotum…personally think this is MC, painless, if you press or clamp it hard enough…soft white substances will come out and small-ball-like penile syringoma IN my shaft.
    I can give you the photos if you need it via e-mail (if you don’t mind)
    can you please help me to diagnose my conditions? and tell me what to do.
    Sexual experience, just once…+- 30 months ago.

  4. Damn it! I’ve Got PPP….any way to cure it? I ‘m like 17 and cant afford expensive stuff.
    Why the hell does it happen in kids?

  5. HI,

    My sonwill soon have his circumsicion but before that he show me his penis and it has this two round shape near to each other, flesh coloured lumps in the head itself of his penis near the hole of his penis. am worried on this as it may be a cyst or what. Can you help me? His father is not around so I dont know what to do.

  6. cameron says:

    I have a single small spot on my penile shaft, it has a small depression in the middle and I can squeeze a clear liquid from it. I am 14 and a virgin, is it harmful? Or should I leave it? Iam a bit worried about it so can you please reply asap

  7. I’m 15 years old and I have a lot of red bumps all over my penis. They itch a lot and I don’t know what to do. I don’t know if its cancer or an allergic reaction and I’m a virgin so I don’t know what it could be. Please help.

  8. I have a dark spot on the head of my penis and it hurts when I touch it, please what’s the problem.

  9. I have Scrotal Calcinosis condition and exactly the same one can be seen the picture. Can you please suggest me some treatment to get rid of them. They are very annoying and itchy. They are growing in size and numbers. Thanks

  10. Krystle says:

    My boyfriend and I have been together for 5 months and I do not have any signs of anything but he has started developing little mole looking things on the bottom shaft and at the base of his penis he has 10 very small ones what could they be harmfull, or not?

  11. i think i m suffered by ppp from 5-6 months ago. and now its painfull for sometime so please provide suitable diagnosis with medicne details to remove this.

  12. Shaquille says:

    I have these bumps on my shaft they do not puss or hur just itch alot not sure if its a reaction to my detergent or what. Im kind of worried i’vee been to the doctors office and i havent been sexually active in a year.

  13. i have a bump just below the head of my penis it dont hert or itch

  14. israel Atkins says:

    Pls i have some small intradermal rash on, the shaft of my penis. it has been there like a small ring long before i became sexually active. It itches. It increases in number and spreads after sexual activity. It looks like those Fordyces spot in the picture up. Pls what is it, and how can i treat it.

  15. Patbate says:

    Can someone please email me? I have questions and photos I want to put on the site forum but it doesn’t let me and it would help describe my condition a lot easier. I am a member of this site and nobody has responded to my thread yet :/

  16. @ Patbate, please register on our forum and post on our genital dermatology forum, we would be happy to answer you…Every questions will be answered.

  17. Hi,
    I have a ton of skin colored bumps on the shaft of my penis… Could you tell me what they are I’m scared to have sex or do any of that I’m 15 and still a virgin

  18. I Have A single white damp lookin bump right above the ridge of my penis its the size of a pea it hurts when isqueeze it n small amounts of blood come out when isqueeze but it doesnt look like hetprs or warts by yhe pics please help and im uncircumcised

  19. i have 2 (separated) small white dots (pimple like) on the INNER SKIN of the penis shaft when u pull the penis skin fully. It is painless and very small white pimple head like. When you try to squeeze it, nothing comes out.

  20. I haven’t had many partners, the 3 out of 4 partners I did have I used condoms,hell sometimes I used two lol, well me and my girlfriend have been dating for a while now, she had less partners then I, she’s a good girl wouldn’t cheat etc. Well we had sex on her period then not to long after I had a bump or two pop up now I have like 4 but they don’t look like warts, they don’t have a white head either they are skin toned no pain, just weird to look at lol, I’m kinds worried because I ain’t a dirty person, if thus is warts what should I do, I don’t need to go to a hospital about it because the military, so what can I treat it with

  21. Hi i am lock…i have bumps on my penis like 10-13ish. but are nothing listed i think. and very shy around my girlfriend becuse of it. i can send pics if that will help

  22. Sandile Shezi says:

    Hi. I have pearly penil papules, i am panicing. Please help me with more info about it and how to get rid of it.

  23. Hey all. I wish everyone the best with their issue. Last time I had sex was 6 months ago. I randomly developed an unpoppable black head type thing on the shaft. It comes up away from my penis with my skin when stretched away so I think it’s just a surface thing but at the same time it won’t pop. Doesn’t look/sound like any std I’ve ever heard of. I masturbate probably way too much, if that’s a factor. I want to know what to do and really appreciate any help. Thanks

  24. I have been with my husband 5 years and below the head he has 3 lumps they ate skin colored but on the sides of them they have a hole and they are filled with black stuff. I know its not an std because I have been tested and I was fine. He said they don’t hurt him unless he tries to get the black stuff out. He’s had them since he was a teenager and he doesn’t know what they are. They are skin colored and somewhat hard. Can someone please give me and him an idea of what it is

  25. hi i have small red dots the size of a pen point on my penis head when it is erect you can see it turns a red color and is almost like a bumpy tecture where in the past it had a flat surface and pale it is now red with bumps behind the head of the penis under the rim i have small white blisters , i have had this for two months now and have got myself tested for all stds and hiv. all tests were negative i have been tested for candida with swab . the rash and itchiness started two days after unprotected sex and has been ongoing ever since. i would greatly appreciate any help . I have visited the doctor and the dermatologist , both cant seem to give me an answer , i have put on a few different creams from anti fungal, quadriderm tea tree oil u name it . had flucamezatole for 4 weeks one pill a week 200mg what could this be since if it was a male yeast infection it should have gone away by now ?

  26. confused one says:

    I have a half dozen soars on my penis all on my shaft except one that have just appeared in last two days. I’m worried, can someone help me?

  27. Hi im 14 and im freking out bad. the tip of my penis is sheding and i have a small red oval flat toped bump on the bottom of the shaft. (im not secumsized) im bi and had unprotected sex but i don’t know if it’s an STD. PLEASE HELP!!!

  28. Hey. I have a white colored bump right below the penis head. It doesn’t hurt unless I try to pop it. It kinda resembles “Scrotal Calcinosis” but i dont have that many and they’re not on my scrotum. Can I please have some help with finding out what this is?

  29. I unfortunately had unprotected sex with my partner a few days ago and within one day I got a weird reddish colored bump on the head of my penis followed by 3 or 4 small white bumps on the underside of my penis. They don’t hurt but they itch. I’m thinking it may be Herpes but I’m not sure because I recently lost my job with healthcare benefits. We were both tested before sex and both negative for any STDs and STIs. I’m scared because I need to be checked but don’t have money to do so. ????

  30. I have about eight small zit like things burns after I pee and they won’t pop ..wondering what they could be and could it be cured with over the counter medicine?? Thanks pls respond asap.

  31. To Al: STD symptoms don’t usually show up in such a short time. Chances are you just have some irritation from friction, or you could have contracted a yeast infection. This can be resolved with an over the counter cream like monistat (your partner should be treated, as well). A penis health creme can also help with itching, rashes, redness and irritation. Do see a doctor for a firm diagnosis, though.

  32. Jose Rodriguez says:

    Please respond, I am concerned for what I may have. I have these small clusters of white/skin colored bumps on my foreskin. I went to check with a doctor and they said that it was nothing, but I feel like it may be something, I have only had oral sex once, so I really hope that it isn’t genital herpes, please help. I heard PPP can be on foreskin but it’s rare, and my humps are very small.

  33. Alexsnow says:

    Hi I recently have found out that I have a small black warts on the base of my private part doesn’t hurt but looks irritating at first I thought because I got introduced to razor shaving 5 months ago which I never tried again but I guess I notice 2 black head before and now I can see like 4 of them although I sometimes engage in an unprotected sex with my partner please advice because it’s the same pics with bowleniod papulosis….

  34. I have 1 califlower looking object in my pubic hair section and a few small pimple looking objects actually on my penis, came out of nowhere. The small pimple looking objects came awhile after the califlower looking object.

  35. Fellas.. for most minor penis skin issues, a good penis health creme will do the trick. These are so much better than an ordinary lotion or ointment because they are made just for the penis skin. I use one for dry skin and it works like a charm. Check these cremes out.

  36. Hi, I have these bumps on my penis but I don’t know what they’re. I can send pictures but I honestly can’t tell what they are. Please help ASAP

  37. Help

  38. Hi. I have a spot on my penis head maybe a rash. It’s rounds and has a hole in the center. Noticed it 2 days after having unprotected sex. It’s been there for over 2 months and has not changed. It doesn’t hurt, itch, or feel tender what so ever. It did swell and I popped it due to messing with it and that’s what made the hole. I need to get it checked unfortunately money is very very tight at the moment. Any help would be much appreciative.

  39. Jack fries says:

    Hi, I have a small skin colored bump in the side of my penis, and I’m a virgin so i don’t know what it could be, it can only be seen in certain lighting, right now its pretty much unnoticeable but its there (this is a separate question, tiny red dot/bumps on inner thigh?)

  40. I have some small flesh colored painless bumps on what i think is the penile shaft they are not easily visible so i dont know if they are warts or HPV, & definitely not herpes or HIV.

  41. Jj Pete says:

    Hello I am 15 and a virgin I know I have fordyces. But that’s not what I’m worried about I have 4 reddish whiteish non painful bumps on the back of my tip. I tried popping them but that just hurt like hell and didn’t work. Plz contact me

  42. I have these bump like skin color and white bump on the head of my penis and not sure if its an std or what action should i do i am raerly sexually active and ocasionally it burn when i pee after masturbating

  43. Plead help on my scrotum I have a few white bumps .don’t know if genital warts or heroes.I am a virgin!!

  44. I have had these painless clustered bumps on my penis shaft for almost 8 months they haven’t turned into blisters or sores

  45. This started today out of nowhere…. I ejaculated and soon after an area around my head was soar and very painful to the touch and pinkish red…. I ejaculated again and it dripped down and I wiped it up and there was bumps there. They were small and stung and we’re in a group…. They were the same color as my skin…. But they stung like crazy to the touch…. Help please!

  46. I am having these weird bumps on my scrotum…personally think this is MC, painless, if you press or clamp it hard enough…soft white substances will come out and small-ball-like penile syringoma IN my shaft.
    I can give you the photos if you need it via e-mail (if you don’t mind)
    can you please help me to diagnose my conditions? and tell me what to do.

  47. I am having these weird bumps on my scrotum…personally think this is MC, painless, if you press or clamp it hard enough…soft white substances will come out and small-ball-like penile syringoma IN my shaft.
    I can give you the photos if you need it via e-mail (if you don’t mind)
    can you please help me to diagnose my conditions?

  48. I am having these weird bumps on my scrotum…personally think this is MC, painless, if you press or clamp it hard enough…soft white substances will come out and small-ball-like penile syringoma IN my shaft.
    I can give you the photos if you need it via e-mail (if you don’t mind)
    can you please help me to diagnose my conditions? and tell me

  49. Dylan Thomas says:

    If anyone still had any questions I could answer a few. To the people who are worried about the bumps with a small indent and white pus. That is more than likely Molluscum contagiosum which is a very common skin infection. To the young men who are worried about a few red bumps or such do not freak out that is the worst thing you can do. Trust me I have had the same experience. Especially if you are a Virgin you have absolutely nothing to worry about and should not be embarrassed. It’s always the right thing to just go see a doctor about it. Which shouldn’t be embarrassing but still at 20 years old I hate it haha. Another possibility if you are not having unprotected sex is genital warts. Usually they will take on a cauliflower like state and will grow. It is important to tell the difference between Molluscum contagiosum and genital warts or herpes. Molluscum will start as a tiny pin head dot and you may not realize it’s there for a long time as I did. It will spread in clusters around the affected area if scratched or messed with. MOST IMPORTANTLY DO NOT TRY TO PICK AT THEM OR SCRAPE THEM OFF. WILL MAKE YOUR SITUATION ENTIRELY WORSE. I am not a expert but have been well informed and read tons on this subject as I have had the same fears many of you had. Best case is to go and just have it looked at trust me. It will most likely be nothing, especially if you are in a monogamous relationship or are not sexually active. The chances of it being cancer are extremely low as I do not believe cancer shows itself in a rash on the surface of skin. I could be wrong though. If anyone is still concerned email me and I’ll do my best to answer your questions

  50. Hi I want to know if this guy has something I should be concerned about under his penis head. It looks like PPP but im not an expert. Where can I see you a picture without exposing him.

  51. Okay so I read the one also saying they can increase in amount over time and of course I’m going to relate it to me but last year I was on the toilet when I noticed the dots. I don’t think they increased in size over the year but I think it coulda been around 20 bumps an since I didn’t notice it quick with only a couple bumps that means they just popped out as 20??? Crazy I guess. Well now they are still there with no sup toms of anything. I think they might of now popped up down towards my genitals and they started by where pubic hair is down the penis on the top. They are skin colored, non itchy,small. I’m now 13. Is this normal or safe I mean? Will they one day go away? Is there at all any treatment at all to get rid of it, maybe creame or something. I didn’t have ANY at all sexual interaction at the time. But I do I live in a town known for HIV am such.

  52. John young says:

    I have this hard little black thing at the tip of my penis right at pee there for awhile then it goes away then grows back .hope you can tell me what it could be ty

  53. Johnny DiGioia says:

    Hello. I have a white bump next to the urethra on my penis and I’m not sure what it is. I’m thinking maybe it’s skin or some new condition that hasn’t been discovered yet, I’m not sure. It’s next to the urethra on the right side and about 3/10s of a centimeter in diameter (used a ruler as measurement). Can someone tell me what this is?

  54. I have some little yellow bumps developed at the base of my penis. They are really painful. I need help on how to cure it please

  55. Hi I was wondering if anybody can help me I have these 3 sores on the tip of my penis they don’t itch me or anything,there look like a dark brown purplish with irregular edges can anybody help me thanks.

  56. Hi I have these pinkish bump near the hole of my penis and I can’t find information on it

  57. Victorina says:

    Your place is valuable for me. Thanks!

  58. Bowenoid papulosis.. looks like something I kind of had before.. thought it was just moles since I have several moles or skin tags all over my body..they are hereditary. But now they have all disappeared..but they didn’t leave until I stopped smoking marijuana.. coincidence or no? What should I do?

  59. Good evening
    I am writing you because i have a conseren about these little bumps that are on the shaft of my penise but it close to the head of my penise. Could you help me out with finding out what it is

  60. hello I have fordey cyte in my penis how it is removed

  61. hello I have fordey cyte in my penis how it is removed tell me

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