White Spots on Penis: Head, Shaft, Foreskin, Causes, Treatment

White spots on penis head, shaft, or foreskin can indicate symptoms of yeast infection, poor hygiene, pearly penile purples, STD or even Fordyce spots. There are several health conditions discussed in this article that can cause white penile spots and some can be dangerous if left untreated. They may also look like little small bumps on penis depending on the cause

When you are trying to get rid of a cyst, pimple, spots or any bump on the penis using home remedies and they keep coming back or won’t go away, seek medical advice. Some of them may be serious STDs or STIs that may cause serious harm at their advanced stages.

White spots on penis shaft, glans, head, causes, treatment
White spots on penis shaft, glans, head, causes, treatment

Causes of white spots on penis

There are several causes of white spots including STDs, STIs and yeast infections. Bacterial and fungi infections can also cause this. In some cases, a doctor will have to collect the discharge or fluids oozing from the white small bumps in order to identify the exact cause before prescribing any medication.

1. Penile Papules

A major cause of bump on the penile head that may look red at the base and white at the tip are pearly penile papules. They appear at the base of the penis head and in most cases, they are not painful. Penile papules are not harmful in any way and should never give you sleepless nights.

2. Eczema on penis

Atopic dermatitis also known as atopic eczema is a skin condition that can attach the penis just like any other part of the body. This can cause eczema rash on penis that may appear to be white or read due to allergic reactions from foreign materials that the penis may have been in contact with i.e some condom brands may react with the penile skin

3. Latex allergic reaction

Allergic reactions to latex, a major component of condoms may also cause an itchy irritating small spots on the penile shaft that may be red or white. Immediately you get irritations on the penile shaft after using a specific type of condom, you may consider using the home remedies listed below and avid the use of that rubber brand in future.

4. Balanitis

Balanitis is a condition were the penile head will become swollen, red and irritated than its natural state. A major symptom will always be tinny white spots on the foreskin and around the penile head that are itchy and irritating.

The irritated foreskin caused by balanitis is always caused by poor hygiene that leads to the high presence of bacterial infections or yeast infection. Bacteria will also cause rash under the fore skin that can be very painful.

5. Yeast infection on penis

Penile yeast infection can cause serious physical symptoms including yeast infection rash and bumps on the penile head, shaft and the pubic area. Symptoms may also include white spots on penis or rash that are itchy, moist and filled with fluids.

The candida fungus is what causes yeast infection and can be treated using over the counter creams prescribed by the pharmacist. Poor hygiene and unprotected sex with an infected person can lead to penile yeast infection.

A major cause of this condition in the penis is due to the fact that this area is always moist thus providing a good environment for the candida fungus to bred and multiply.

6. Folliculitis

When the hair follicles at the penile shaft gat infected by bacteria or fungi, the may swell just like any hair follicle on other parts of the body thus causing folliculitis. Ingrown hair on penis shaft may also cause bumps that may affect the hair follicles and cause folliculitis.

When the hair follicles are swollen due to folliculitis, the become itchy, irritated and can be very uncomfortable. Infected hair follicles on a hairy penile shaft may be puss filled those a pear as white spots on penis.

7. Bathing soaps

Some bathing soaps especially the scented ones may contain chemicals that may cause serious irritation on the penile shaft. This will definitely also cause irritations on the ball sac and the groin area in general. This can appear as a cluster of small pimples or rash on penis that may be red, white and can be very painful.

Fordyce spots at the base of penis head
Fordyce spots at the base of penis head

8. Fordyce spots

Fordyce spots are one of the major causes of white spots on the penile foreskin. This can also appear on any other part of the body as long as there are sebaceous glands. Fordyce spots are not harmful in any way and should never cause any worries.

Sebaceous glands on the skin have an important role of keeping the skin from being dry by moisturizing it. In most cases, they are always hidden by the skin and are rarely visible. However, some people may have sebaceous glans visible on the skin as a group of white spots or small bumps.

9. Poor hygiene

When washing he penis, it is important to wash areas under the fires skin to keep them away from any accumulated sexual fluids that may appear white. This can cause infections or rash with white heads on the penis. This will also cause a smelly penis that can be a turn off.

Not every man will experience issues with their fore skin. However, those who have serious issues may consider circumcision which involves the removal of the fore skin. Doctors always find it as a good solutions and research has also proven that circumcised men are at lower risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases compared to those that are not circumcised.

10. Pimples on penis

As we all know, pimples can appear in any part of the skin and the penis is also in the list. A major cause of pimples on the skin is the blockage of skin pores by concentrated sweat, sebum that is secreted by the skin or dead layers of the skin.

Pimple on penis shaft may be white, red sore and itchy
Pimple on penis shaft may be white, red sore and itchy

Pimples can be infected and be filled with puss if you don’t get rid of them as fast as required. This will definitely cause a white small dot or bumps on penile head or shaft. If you are sure it’s a pimple, one of the best way of getting rid of them naturally is to let then burst on their awn and go away with time.

“White spots on penis head, shaft or foreskin in some cases may be caused by ingrown hairs. A little cyst or pimple on penis may also appear as a small white dot on the penile head or shaft”

11. Septic spots

What are septic spots? Well this are spots ot tiny little bumps that may be puss filled when they show up on the skin.

There are natural bacteria that are healthy and are always there on our skin but over concentration of this bacteria may cause septic spots.

  • Septic spots may appear as small pimples on penis and when they are pus filled, they may be handled as white spots on penis.
  • It is very important not to pop these little spots on penis since they are considered to be contagious and may spread to other part.

These white spots on penis may spread and become difficult to handle if mishandled. It is important to abstain and seek medical advice if they do not go away with simple home remedies since in normal cases they should disappear with simple home remedies.

12. Phimosis

Phimosis is a condition were by the foreskin cannot move back as easily as required to expose the penile head. This happens when the foreskin is tight and it becomes painful when being retracted during sex, musterbation or during penile erection.

A tight foreskin will cause white spots on the glans due to the smegma that will settle under the fore skin. This is a major cause of white substance that settle under the foreskin in children and in most cases causes a smelly penis.

13. Lichen Planus

This are rushes that may appear any were in the body including the penis. When they dry up, they might be itchy and be white due to the fact that you may scratch on them continuously. They may in some cases sore and turn out to be red spots on penis.

According to NHS, “Lichen planus is a non-infectious, itchy rash of purple-red bumps that can affect many areas of the body, including the penis”

14. Pubic Lice

Pubic lice also known as crabs are normally found on the pubic hair in most cases due to lack of proper hygiene care or people with oily skin that give them a good environment to thrive in.

  • When the move and feed on the skin, they will cause itchy red raised spots on the pubic area and on the penile shaft.
  • When those red spots when infected will soar-up and become pus filled those causing white spots on penis shaft and the pubic area.

Here is a picture of pubic lice in the groin area.

Pubic Lice bites can cause white or red spots on penis, PICTURE of PUBIC LICE
Pubic Lice bites can cause white or red spots on penis, PICTURE of PUBIC LICE

Pubic lice are most common spread through close body contact like during sex or when you share clothes and under garments. It is never a good idea to share stuff like boxers, towels and cloths.

 15. Cysts on penis

Cyst on penis may sometimes be just pea-sized or tiny spots on penis that are characterized with some white cheesy fluids I them. This will make them appear as a white dot on penis and in most cases, they will tend to enlarge or keep growing in size resulting into a large bump or lump on penis.

Can STDs and STIs Cause White Spots ON Penis?

In some cases, white spots on penis may be caused by sexually transmitted diseases, STD also known as sexually transmitted infections.

1. Herpes

Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infection that can be confused with a normal bump.  Most people will detect that it is not a normal bump when the herpes bumps start turning into blisters. This may also cause open ulcers on penis and the groin area in general.

Herpes can cause painful open sores in the groin for both male and female. Therefore, if you suspect that you have been infected with herpes, you may also consider asking your sexual partner if she has the same symptoms. If she is also having those white spots on vagina or her pubic area, consider taking her with you to see a doctor.

If you and your partner both get treated, this will be a sure way of avoiding a situation where white spots on penis may keep coming back. During treatment, it is also important to avoid sexual intercourse until you are clear of any infections in the groin area.

2. Genital warts on Penis

Genital warts caused by a virus known as the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), are one of the most popular sexually transmitted disease that can be easily picked up by sexually active individuals. It is common among teenagers and adults at their prime intimate stage in life.

Genital warts may appear on the penile shaft as small little spots or bumps cluster that may be white. In most cases they show up as bumps that have the same color as the skin. These warts may be too tiny and can be identified by the help of a microscope.

If left untreated, some types of the human papillomavirus can cause cancer of the penis. This may spread to other parts of the groin and may also cause white spots on penis, scrotum, ball sac or the anal area. Use of protection while having sex may not guarantee full protection as you may still catch the HPV virus.

According to mayo clinic, “Certain types of HPV also are associated with cancer of the vulva, cancer of the anus, cancer of the penis, and cancer of the mouth and throat. Human papillomavirus infection doesn’t always lead to cancer, but it’s still important for women to have regular Pap tests, particularly if you’ve been infected with higher risk types of HPV”

3. Molluscum Contagiosum

You can get molluscum contagiosum on the penis, pubic area and the scrotum as a sexually transmitted infection when your partner has the infections in her genital area during sexual intercourse. In most cases, molluscum contagiosum is spread when you come into direct contact with an infected person.

Remember that you may also get this by sharing personal effects like towels and inner pants. That is why it is not advisable for you to share things like towels with visitors whom you are not aware of their health status.

molluscum contagiosum can cause white spots on penis and little raised bumps or lesions on the penile shaft. In some cases, this may not be white but will assume the color of the surrounding skin. If treated in good time, they will disappear completely with good medical care and treatment.

Treatment may involve the use of topical creams as prescribed by the doctor after a checkup. Never use over the counter prescriptions since the symptoms of molluscum contagiosum may vary from one person to another depending on how strong or weak your immune system is.

4. Syphilis

Syphilis is classified under sexually transmitted diseases and is caused by a bacteria known as the treponema pallidum. Treating syphilis is tricky because the symptoms can be easily confused with other diseases. Syphilis can also have its symptoms around the mouth hands and the anal area.

Syphilis Major symptoms include blisters and open skin ulcers on penis or the groin area that may not be painful. In advance stages, syphilis may cause rash on penis that may also spread to your hand palms and feet soles.

In advance stages, you may have red papules spreading all over the body including the back. This can form lesions and ulcers that can be painful. If left untreated, syphilis may cause serious weight loss, frequent headaches and can be deadly.

According to healthline, “The first sign of syphilis is a small, painless sore. It can appear on the sexual organs, rectum, or inside the mouth. This sore is called a chancre. People often fail to notice it right away”

You can avoid this by having protected sex, do not share eating spoons with just anyone. You may also get this form public toilet seats which has been reported to be one of the most common way of getting into contact with these bacteria. Sharing personal effects like towels and clothes with a victim may also spread the bacteria.

White skin patches on penis

One of the major causes of white patches on skin is fungal infection. White patches on the penile skin may also be irritated and have raised bumps on them.

Causes may also include physical trauma on the penile skin caused by too much masturbation, or putting on extra tight pants that rib against the penile skin as you walk or run.

Vitiligo might also be the main cause of white patches on skin. Vitiligo which is a skin condition that causes blotches on the skin as it is gradually lost. Vitiligo can also affect the penile shaft and cause white patches on it.

Vitiligo white spots on penis are a major cause of the foreskin discoloration. According to newyorkurologyspecialists.com, “Vitiligo can be treated with medications, creams, lasers and surgical techniques.  Vitiligo can recur after treatment and new lesions can appear in the same or a different location.  In some patients who do not respond to medications, circumcision or excision of affected areas can provide an effective treatment option.  Often, local skin flaps, a plastic surgery technique is utilized to excise extensive vitiligo”

How to get rid of white penile spots using home remedies

White spots on penile head, around the glans or the penile shaft can be removed by simple home remedies including proper hygiene especially when they don’t have any serious underlying skin condition. However, penile spots that keep coming pack or won’t go away even after trying home remedies on them should be checked out by a doctor.

1. Hygiene

While taking a shower, consider washing under the foreskin with soap and warm water. Pull the foreskin back and gently wash the penile head and shaft. When you are done, ensure that you pat it dry. This will help in keeping the are free from any bacteria or infections that may breed in the warm area.

2. Warm compress

Warm compress on the penile white dots will definitely help in getting rid of them especially if they are not caused by especially underlying diseases. Warm compress will also help in removing any fluids or puss that may be filling white spots on penis.

  1. Get some warm water in a basin
  2. Soak a clean towel in it and press it on the penile white spots
  3. Repeat as much as you can, at least 20-30 minutes
  4. In some cases, they may start oozing fluids that are in them but that’s okay.
  5. Pat dry once you are done and let it breath to heal naturally.

3. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best easy to use remedy to get rid and remove white spots on penis at home. It is rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help in removing penile spots and treating minor infections fast.

  1. Take 5 spoons of apple cider vinegar and mix with about 3 spoons of water to dilute it.
  2. Clean the infected area with warm water and pat to dry
  3. Apply the solution on the white bumps and hold to soak on them
  4. It may sting or hurt but it will do you more good than harm
  5. Repeat for 5-10 minutes until you finish the solution while at it
  6. You may let it dry on its own before you consider washing with cool water

4. Olive Oil

Olive oil has natural anti-oxidants that will help fight both bacterial and fungal infections on the skin that may be causing the white bumps ad spots. Olive oil will also help in fading away dark marks and scars that have been caused by pimples, spots or blisters on penis that have healed.

  1. Wash the affected area with warm water and pat it completely dry
  2. Apply some olive oil on your palms and gently apply it on the dots and scars
  3. Repeat this process until the spots, pimples and bumps are covered in olive oil
  4. Let it settle as you watch a movie or continue with your simple tasks at home
  5. Do not wear tight boxers or pants since you will need some air flow in the area.

5. Plain Yogurt

Yogurt will help in clearing white spots on penis caused by yeast infection. Yogurt has some bacteria in it known as Lactobacillus Acidophilus that are one of the fast cures of the candida fungi.

This is a good home remedy for both vaginal yeast infection and penile yeast infection. It will also help in stopping itchy white yeast infection bumps on the penile shaft.

  1. Put some yogurt in the fridge to make it cool. This will help in reducing the sores and itch on the bumps
  2. Wash the bumps with warm water and use a clean towel to dry
  3. Use a clean piece of cotton wool to apply the cool yogurt on the bumps
  4. Let it settle for as long as you can. You may put some boxers on and let it settle for up to one hour for better results
  5. You may the rinse off with cool water before you go to bed.
  6. Do this at night when you are less active for quick relief

6. Tea tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another great home remedy that is rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties that will help getting rod of several skin infection including white spots and pimples on penis. It is also safe to use as it will not irritate the skin in any way.

  1. Take a shower to clean any sweat on the body
  2. Use your clean hands to apply tea tree oil on the penile shaft
  3. Let ii settle as long as it can for better results.

7. Manuka honey

Manuka honey is rich in antifungal properties and is a good natural antiseptic and is considered to be safe and gentle on the skin. It will also ease any itching and reduce the bumps.

  1. Clean the affected area and gently apply this directly on the spots
  2. Let is settle for at least 45 minutes to one hour
  3. You may then rinse off with cool water

8. Baking soda

Baking soda helps in killing the germs and is also a good anti bacteria
Baking soda helps in killing the germs and is also a good anti bacteria

Baking soda is a natural neutralizing agent, a great antibacterial and anti fungal that will clear most skin issues and disinfect infections.

Baking soda is also good for open wounds, sore and blisters since it will disinfect and help in drying the wound. Below is how to use it on white spots on penis

  1. Put a teaspoon of baking soda in a clean container
  2. Add three teaspoons of water and mix to form a paste
  3. Wash the affected area pat dry and apply the paste directly on the spots
  4. Let it settle for at least 30 minutes
  5. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry. Repeat at least twice a day for better results

9. Rosemary

Rosemary is only widely used as a flavor additive, however it is a good home remedy that is naturally rich in natural antioxidants, vitamins and calcium. It is also a good natural anti-inflammatory remedy

Rosemary is good in natural skin care and that explains why it is a major component in many soaps that are considered to remove pimples and clear acne on skin.

  1. Simply wash the affected area and pat dry
  2. Using your clean hands, gently rub the rosemary essential oil on the affected area
  3. Let it settle for some time if possible leave it on till morning.

10. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is rich in antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and is considered to be a great home remedies in getting rid of spots, acne and pimples especially when combined with honey.

Below is how to use these two to get rid of white spots on penis naturally at home.

  1. Wash the affected area or take a shower and dry up
  2. Put one table spoon of cinnamon powder in a clean container
  3. Add three table spoons of container in the container
  4. Add another 5-6 table spoons of water and mix to form a solution
  5. Apply using a clean piece of cotton wool directly on the affected area
  6. Let it settle for about 20-30 minutes before you consider rinsing off with warm water

White spots on penis head, shaft treatment

Treatment of white spots on penile head caused by pearly penile papules may involve the use of laser removal. Laser will be used to remove the growths permanently in a way that they will never come back. This procedure may be expensive put it is a permanent solution for penile papules under the glans.

Laser can also be used to get rid of chronic Fordyce spots on penis that cannot go away even after trying simple home remedies on them.

Nitrogen can also be used in its liquid form to neutralize penile chronic penile spots. This is also a common treatment for penile papules that are seriously visible.

Antibiotics may be prescribed for some sexually transmitted diseases. This will be done by your doctor after establishing the exact cause of these penile spots. Never use over the counter creams on the penis. Ensure you see a doctor for proper checkups and prescriptions.

Benzoyl peroxide may be prescribed for external application on red or white small pimple on penis. Other antibacterial creams may also be prescribed for penile pimples that won’t go away. This will help in killing any bacteria that is causing the pimples.

Topical antifungal creams may be prescribed to clear yeast infection on penis. Imidazole and miconazole are some of the antifungal creams and ointments that may be used to clear this condition.

White spots on penis may be treated depending on the underlying cause. It is always important to seek medical advice especially when you have tried the simple home remedies and the wont just go away or they keep coming back.

In cases of genital warts, doctors may use creams and put you under check but if symptoms persist laser may be used to get rid of these white spots on penis permanently.

References;

  1. https://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/hpv-genital-warts/default.htm
  2. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/genital-warts/what-are-symptoms-genital-warts
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/molluscum-contagiosum
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/std/syphilis#testing
  5. https://www.healthline.com/health/balanitis#complications
  6. http://www.newyorkurologyspecialists.com/circumcision/vitiligo-of-the-penis-and-foreskin/

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