I figured out that i have this skin condition. Is this harmful or harmless? I hurts when i touch it but, i dun know if i should tell my doctor. Please help
Hirsuties papillaris genitalis
Hirsuties papillaris genitalis (more commonly referred to as "pearly penile papules" (PPP))
Have you taken a look at the Male Anatomy thread above? You will find that it is harmless, not contagious, not a disease and basically not treatable.
It hurts? Maybe you are confusing pain with sensitivity since from your username, it appears you are an intact male.
Interesting article Pete…..
Wow! Does that effect the men of any race or is more specific to one certain one?
I don't recall the it saying anything about that
Background: Pearly penile papules are small dome-shaped to filiform skin-colored papules that typically are located on the sulcus or corona of the glans penis. Commonly, lesions are arranged circumferentially in one or several rows and often are assumed wrongly to be transmitted sexually.
Pathophysiology: Pearly penile papules are considered a normal variant and harbor no malignant potential. They are not contracted or spread through sexual activity.
Lesions are observed more frequently in uncircumcised males; however, the mechanisms underlying their development remain unknown.
In the US: The incidence of pearly penile papules reportedly ranges from 8-48%. Several reports suggest an increased incidence in uncircumcised versus circumcised men (22% vs 12%, respectively). One study found an increase in frequency in black versus white men, in those circumcised (21% vs 7%, respectively) and uncircumcised (44% vs 33%, respectively).
Internationally: No geographic variation in prevalence has been noted.
Mortality/Morbidity: Lesions are considered to be a normal variant and are unrelated to sexual activity. Often, lesions cause great anxiety to patients until their benign nature is clarified.
Race: No racial predilection has been confirmed.
Reports suggesting an increased incidence in African American males may reflect an increase in uncircumcised men in that population.
Rehbein studied 840 men aged 10-66 years and found an overall incidence of pearly penile papules of 30.1% in this group. Black men in the study demonstrated a rate of pearly penile papules of 32.7% (44% in uncircumcised, 20.8% in circumcised black males). White men in the study demonstrated a rate of 13.9% (33.3% in uncircumcised, 7.1% in circumcised white males).
Sex: Because of their anatomic distribution, pearly penile papules are noted only in men.
Age: Pearly penile papules are noted most commonly in males in their second or third decades of life, with a gradual decrease in frequency with aging.