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Old 10-21-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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Question Tiny bumps on tip of penis (not on rim)

Only when erect, I can see tiny dots, skin-colored, around the opening of the penis.

When it is not erect, they are invisible and impossible to find. But when erect, they look like blisters.

They seem to be in clusters but are scattered.

There is no pain or irritation.

What are these?

I seem to remember having them for a long time but I'm not sure.


I found a similar post about this issue but it doesn't seem to be really solved. I'm 38. I "think" I've had these bumps for a long time.

One thing he says is his post is that the bumps do not look cauliflower and I agree at a glance. But when magnified (I did take a picture of it) they cluster and form cauliflower shapes but are not scaley. And some bumps are scattered by themselves.

Like his post, I can't find anything on the internet about this.

Also, as he said, while the bumps are concentrated on the tip, they also exist throughout the glans but are very faint.

Here's another unanswered post, even closed by the moderator. I can't understand why there's no answer to this:

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Old 11-06-2012, 04:54 PM   #2
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Re: Tiny bumps on tip of penis (not on rim)

From the description of your symptoms, your bumps sound like folliculitis, Fordyce spots or sebaceous cysts. Folliculitis is inflammation of one or more hair follicles. The condition may occur anywhere on the skin. It's possible that you may find that some food(s) cause this folliculitis or make sebaceous glands more noticeable. Do you ever experience any irritation there? After urinating does your underwear ever cling to your meatus and then feel like it's tearing when it finally pulls away? That could be a source of (minor) irritation you may want to avoid.

Fordyce spots are small, painless, raised bumps 1 to 3 mm in diameter that commonly appear on the shaft of the penis, though rarely "angiokeratomas of Fordyce" can appear on the glans ("benign proliferations of dilated thin-walled blood vessels in the upper dermis with overlying epidermal hyperkeratosis"). Maybe you may have these around your meatus. They are non-infectious and a natural occurrence on the body.

There is some chance it could be HPV too or a symptom of a yeast or other infection. Only a doctor can tell you for certain.

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