Pimple or STD?
Penis pimples can result from many conditions and not all of them are sexually transmitted diseases. Let us look at the types of bumps or pimples that can form on the penis.
STD signs that get confused for penis pimples:
Some STD signs and symptoms can be mistaken for ingrown hair or just a simple pimple. Most people only realize that there is more to the pimple when the symptoms escalate. Most signs and symptoms of STDs can go unnoticed especially because a lot of people find it difficult to inspect the area down there. Genital herpes has outbreaks that can result in blisters that can be confused for acne or pimples. Some types of HPV can result in genital wars on the genitals. There are other STDs that cause lesions, sores and rashes.
What is a penis pimple?
Any bumps or pimple on the penis can cause alarm for most people. It is important to remain calm and find out what the cause is. Skin problems are common and since the penis is covered by skin, pimples can still affect this area. Here are types of pimples that affect the penis:
- Pimples -This is a common white bump filled with pus that results from bacteria in the body.
- Folliculitis -This is a condition that results from follicle infection. The infection causes inflamed pimples that go away on their own without the need of medication.
- Hirsutoid papillomas – Also referred to as pearly penile papules, these are spiny flesh-colored papules found on the ring of the penis. These are benign and harmless but they do not disappear and are not caused by an STD.
- Razor burn – Also referred to as razor bumps, these are small bumps that pop up near the genital areas as a result of shaving.
- Staph infections – About 25% of the population carry the staph bacteria known as staphylococcus. Though this is the case, it is rare to get the staph infection in the genital area. The bacterial enters the body through razor cuts resulting from shaving. It is important to get antibiotic treatment since the bacterial can cause serious conditions if left untreated.
What to do if you have a penis pimple
There different bumps and pimples that can appear on a penis and the one thing they have in common is that they shouldn’t be squeezed or popped. Popping the pimple can cause scarring or an infection. Avoid scrubbing the areas but make sure the genitals remain clean and dry. Penis pimples result from different conditions and not all of them are from STDs. The only sure way to know if the pimple is a sign of and STD is getting an STD test.
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