Pearly Penile Papules is a harmless skin condition that causes the appearance of small white or flesh-coloured bumps around the head of the penis. It is thought to affect around 20-30% of the male population, but are you clued-up about PPP? Here are some of the facts.
There is no known cause for PPP
Although PPP occurs in about one in five men, usually between the ages of 13-30, the main cause is yet to be determined despite ongoing research. However, we can rule out bad hygiene as a factor, as any man can develop them, although it has been proven that men with uncircumcised penises are more likely to develop PPP.
It can disappear on its own
In some cases, PPP can completely vanish on its own, without the need for any laser treatment or home remedy. Despite this, it could also reoccur in future, and most cases will require proper treatment in order to get rid of it entirely.
PPP are not to be confused with genital warts
Sometimes there are misconceptions surrounding PPP, which are not at all linked to genital warts. Warts are in fact a completely separate condition.
They are not contagious
Nor are they the result of any kind of sexual activity, and they are not the result of a sexually transmitted disease. PPP harnesses no physical risks or damages, and is known to be completely harmless.
There are ways to treat them
You may be glad to hear that there are many ways to tackle the appearance of PPP, and these include both surgical and natural remedies. Surgical methods – such as the use of a Co2 laser treatment – are very effective and usually involve very little risk to the patient. The Co2 laser beam focuses on each individual papule to completely remove it without any scarring or discomfort, and is a relatively quick, safe and efficient way of removing PPP.
A hyfrecater is another option for surgical PPP removal, and is used to burn off each lump from the genital organ. This is a cheaper and more popular option which can often give a better result than Co2 laser treatment.
When you go for a consultation, your doctor will discuss all the options that are available.