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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 few red spots on my penis just at the top and the Middle , they are not sore but hurt when I pee or try and squeeze them. One of them look like an ulcer but I'm not actually sure what they are or what's wrong with me. Please help ?





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I have a spot with what looks like to puss in it should I squeeze it or leave it ?





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I have a white spot on my penis under the foreskin is this anything to worrying about it doesn't always hurt just when I touch it its like having a spot on your face but obviously on my penis





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Hello my penis has gotten little darken spots on its head and discolored on the right side where i goes down the shaft a little bit is this just a normal rash or something serious?





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Basically I had a sebaceous cyst on my shaft which I consistently squeezed the white stuff out of and now it's formed a much larger lump.? I'm concerned that it may be cancerous. I'm not sure if this is Important but I do frequently masturbate as well. Is that gonna worsen it? Someone give me a bit of advice here, I would rather not have a huge lump on my penis. I'm 15 btw.





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I recently had unprotected sex with 2 woman I hardly knew. A couple weeks later a brown/black mole-like dot appeared on my penile shaft. It is unraised, painless and not itchy. The vein that runs through my penis is dark blue near this dot, and normal color throughout the rest of my penis, is this hpv or warts?





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I'm 14 and have 5 little red spots on the end of my penis around the hole and the end around the hole looks scared please help me.





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I have a white spot on my dick what is sore when I touch or try to squeeze it I am worried to go to see doctor





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So do I. I have little yellow spots on the end of my penis





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I started puberty about two years ago roughly (by that I mean changes I don't actually know when it starts) but I have yellow/white spots on my penis and when I have an erecting they get bigger, I also have another problem which I'm very concerned about which is half of my bell end is white, it's really scary... someone help please





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I've had a lump on my penis for at least a month or two now. It was the same colour as my skin but now it appears to have turned into a regular septic spot (with a head). What should I do?





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