Dermatology/Bumps with age?

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Glans penis
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Hi, Doctor, I've never paid much attention before but my wife asked what these bumps were. Seems they've slowly accumulated over the years as my eyesight got worse. Anyway, we've been married 30 years and I don't play around. Assuming it's an age thing?

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Pearly Penile Papules (PPP) are very common and affect approximately 25% of men. They are more common in uncircumcised men.
PPP are small, flesh-colored skin tags or domes that form around the rim and underside of the tip of the penis. They commonly appear in rows and do not cause any pain, itching or burning.
PPP are considered a normal finding and they are totally harmless. They are not contagious in any way. They are not a sexually transmitted disease (STD), therefore you could not have been “infected” by sexual contact – nor is there a risk of passing this onto your sexual partner.
PPP are commonly mistaken for genital warts, even by physicians, so it is very important to seek out the expertise of a board certified dermatologist if there is any question about the diagnosis.
PPP can be very embarrassing and stressful for men because they may look cosmetically unacceptable and often times can be confused with a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

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