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QUESTION: Hey, i am 19 years old and have never had sex.  These white bumps have been around for a couple years and i thought it was normal, but everytime i check they seem to multiply.  I have read another question similar to this one that diagnosed balanitis. My penis does have a smell to it so it might have something to do with yeast? Thanks for your time.

ANSWER: The white bumps could be pearly penile papules or just raised skin follicles. The bumps are normal and do not amount to anything serious.

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QUESTION: they are pretty unappealing to look at would there be anyway to reduce, eliminate them?

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You have to try and exfoliate the bumps. You can try products with salicylic acid which are mostly prescription. You can try a mild Retin A to exfoliate. But these products can also cause skin irritation so you would also need to use moisturizers. You might want to see your dermatologist for a prescription medication.

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