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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've just noticed a red smooth spot with a white/Creme colour in the centre. It is located on the shaft around half way up. It hurts a little when touching it. Should I be worried or should I wait a couple of days to see if it goes away ??





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Im 14 and i have these small white spots clustered around my foreskin, but you can only see them when it's pulled back. I also have about 7 smaller white spots separated in 2 groups all right next to eachother right at the top of my penis head.





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I have spots on my penis,there is a line going from the tip of my penis to the bottom towards my balls, what is the problem? is it serious? how should I treat them





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could be Fordyce spots I'm not a doc but know a few things from researching a std scare turned out to be no std thankfully anyway Fordyce spots can make a line of bumps research it and look at pics but only a doc can tell you for sure here a link http://www.fordycespots.com/fordyce-spots-penis

not a doc but would suggest researching fordyce spots because they can form lines

I burst a few white spots on my penis will that do any damage ?





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not a doc but you answer is yes and no 1st you have to understand that any breach of the outer skin makes it easier for infections from your everyday bacteria to the std's that require a entrance path and on other hand it depends on what they was but so long as they was nothing bad keep it clean and you stay away from possibly infected mates it should be fine. You still need to find out what kind of bumps they was so i would suggest researching penis dermatological conditions associated with bumps and std's but in the end it could just be a pimple or white head.

I have spots on my penis this started as I masterbated in year 6 and there is a line going from the tip of my penis to the bottom towards my balls





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not a doc but would suggest researching fordyce spots they can form lines and is commonly caused by the use of oil based lubes

I have a spot with a hole in it on my penis colse to my pubes I am worried





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not a doc but there is a few possible things that i can think of it being a pimple, rub wound, spider bite, or herpes you really should have it checked for your own sake and any partner's sake

I have two red spots on the shaft of my penis, one is small and painless and the other is rather large and sore with some yellow in it, is this serious or just natural, I'm 14 and have frequently masturbated





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Guys I have some kind of red spots on my glands. Im 14 and uncircumcised. When these red spots touches water,it hurts. What should I do and what are these spots??





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not sure but to me it sounds like a fungal infection like athletes feet not a doc but would suggest crotch antifungal spray and regular showers try that if you want for a few days if it does not help see a doc

Thanks but it recovered itself. Thanks for the answers. :)

Guys I have some kind of red spot on my glands. Im 14 and not circumcised. When these red spot touches water,it will hurt. What do I have to do and what are these spots?





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I have small spots on my penis but it's every where and even on my ballsack I don't know if this is normal because I haven't had a sex with a girl yet (I'm very young) I don't know what to do





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