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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 am 15 and I have a spot on the side of my penis. It started off small and it's gotten a bit bigger. Should I be worried?





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I sometimes have red spots and almost like oval rash on the head sometimes just one/few and sometimes a lot, they start with a white film that can be wiped off. Sometimes they are just there a day, sometimes longer and in different areas of the head. I'm ashamed of them and haven't had the courage to go to the doc. Can anyone help?





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Hi there, I'm years old and today I come across a spot on my penis, I tryed to pop it and a little puss come out that's it? After about 10 mins it started to grow in size. The spot is on the side of my penis and stands out. Any advice?





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Guys, try not to worry too much. Sometimes a spot can just be a spot. Your penis has skin on it at the end of the day. However, I do suggest having everything you're not sure about checked, especially if you've had unprotected sex. I went to the doctors with a spot on my penis - it was just a spot. GUM Checks aren't pleasant, but it takes a massive weight off your shoulders.





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I have a dark pink coloured blemish on the head of my penis, I have tried antibiotics and thrush tablet and cortisone cream but its still the same or has actually got larger in area size. Any ideas?





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I am 15 and I have spots all over my penis and testicles and they're all about 1mm in diameter and when I squeeze them some weird like dry puss comes out, And not all of them can always be squeezed, Help?





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Same this happens to me

I have red, raised, hard spots on head of penis, the shaft also feels stiffer than usual(no pun intended), when not erect.. What is going on??





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I am 26 and have tiny skin colour dots all over my penis, some in clusters and some spread out i have also just started to get red dots on my penile tip, i am going to a gum clinic but am desperate to know what it could be? Please help





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It looks like I have a large amount of tiny small spots around the head of my penis. They are tender and sore, I am not sure what to do. My girlfriend has been tested and it came back clear, I'm confused. Please help





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i am 18 years old i have small white spots all over my penis i have had them before i had sex so i know its not a std i think it is fordyce spots how can i get rid of them fast





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