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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 what looks like PPP spots but they are not in a row like most i see, some are on the ridge of the head of my penis but many are on my foreskin when i pull it back. A few appeared about 2 weeks ago, then 6-8, now 20-25 of them. No irritation at all, just mildly concerned





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I'm 14 and I've noticed small yellow/ white spots on my penis and testicals all over please I'm scared to tell anybody I've never had sex before so I don't think I would have stds pls help me





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my son age is 12 years have a problem his penis is not growing





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Hey I'm 19 and I recently found that I have a cloudy almost the same colour as my skin spot/lump on the bottom of my penis. It is sore to touch. Is this serious?





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Hello I have 2 tiny white spots on the top of my penis I'm 14 they have been there for as long as I can remember they don't irritate me





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There's a purple spot on the tip of my penis, me and my girlfriend had sex and my penis slipped out and she sat on it pretty hard, now it seems like a bruise and it's a little inflamed in that spot only, but it's been4 days and the spot still looks the same, and it doesn't hurt. Hoping it's nothing bad..





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Hi! I have a brownish patch on the head of my penis neat the urethea opening, does'nt cause any irritation at all but wondering could it be some sought of fungus, has been there for a while now





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I'm 13 and I have obviously never had sex aside from experimenting when I was young. I have noticed I have many white spots on my foreskin and some starting to grow on the tip of my penis. If anyone could help it would b soooo useful as I have had them for a while now and I'm getting worried. Thank you.





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Hello this might be fordyce spots hope this helps

I'm 14 and just noticed a red spot on the middle of my penis, when I picked it some yellow/white puss came out along with some blood, occasionally there is a 'bad' smell but only after I've played a sporting activity. Is this normal? I have never had sex before but masturbate quite frequently. Please help ad I'm very worried aboutpenis cancer!





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I am 13 and seen spots on my penis they are whight and small I have also noticed a red patch of skin on my head of the penis and it is connected to the inner skin I am so I'mbaresst and scared to talk about it please help me are they a disease or a virus please tell me

Right about 5 minutes ago I noticed a small white spot on the top of my penis. I am scared now Lol Hellllllp





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