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Dr Christian:
If you find a spot on your penis, chances are you’re going to panic. But however sensitive or embarrassed you may be of having a lump on your willy, get it checked out because your doctor is not going to chop it off and the sooner you get it diagnosed and treated, the less likely it’ll develop into anything serious.

There are many possible causes for penile spots and unprotected sex is one of them, because many sexually transmitted infections will manifest their symptoms on your genitalia so if you’ve not used a condom, and now have an unusual mark, go to your nearest sexual health clinic as soon as possible. They’ll be able to tell you if you’ve caught an STI and advise you on how it can be treated.

If you haven’t had unprotected sex but are concerned about a penile spot make an appointment to see your doctor. They can determine if there’s cause for concern by looking at the size, shape and colour of the marks.

Ulcers appear as craters in the skin, usually with a clear liquid or pus in the centre and generally multiple ulcers aren’t as serious as single ulcers. Herpes for example appears as multiple ulcers. They’re not life threatening but they are highly contagious and they need prompt treatment.

Penile cancer however normally appears as a painless, single ulcer and is life-threatening so should be treated quickly. Penile papules are small pimples or or nodules on the skin. Some like those that appear on the crown of the penis are absolutely normal. Others however, like warts are infectious and need to be sorted out.

Sometimes a spot is just a spot and it’ll disappear on its own just like the ones you get on your face. But safe is always better than sorry so if you do spot a spot, get it checked out. It won’t be anything your doctor hasn’t seen before and always wear a condom.

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Quick Health Advice: Penis Spots

Finding a spot or spots on your penis can often induce blind panic. However, in this exclusive guide, Dr Jessen explains the benefits of getting diagnosis and treatment quickly, and talks through some of the likely conditions (from the serious to the harmless) that might have you awake at night. A spot is sometimes just a spot, but if you’re worried – then it’s nothing your GP won’t have seen a thousand times before!

Remember that you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

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I have a red spot on the head of my penis It also burns when I pee but not all the time I drink a lot of acid drink coke beers but I am a bit worried looked up symptoms but the other sti don't match no swelling of scrotum or sperm being smelly or thick in need of help





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Hi - I'm 15 and I masturbate a lot, when I pull back my foreskin to reveal my penis head just under the head on the skin of my penis are many black spots (not lumps just seem part of the skin) all around the penis head but on my skin. I'm worried and have been for quite a while about these, they do not cause any particular pain or itching however do not look very attractive and am wanting to get rid of them. Help?





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hi im 13, for about a week or so my penis has had these reddish small dots on it and sometimes it stings and iches. what is it and is it serous?





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I'm 13 and I have small spots around my head of penis what do I do to get rid of them I've has them for two years?





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Hi i am 19 years old, i have got a reddish purple coloured thing on my penile shaft, i think it is a burst vessel or something! does anyone know if it would be an std only just got it this morning after going out last night





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I am aged 13 and I have had small spots on my penis for about 3 years please help me I don't know what to do





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when i get a hard on i get spots the head of my penis





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I'm 17 and I have a weird hardish white spot underneath my foreskin, worried that I have something, if someone can give me some information, it'd be much appreciated!





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I am 43 and have my pennish red spot and bleedig everyday when bath cleaning that surface, some time it is less and again same problem, it is pain also, l hlp.





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I have a spot on my penis about a third of the way up I squeezed it and nothings happened it doesn't hurt or itch or anything it just looks bad what do I do im 14 btw





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