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QUESTION: Hello Dr. Leslie,

Over the past month plus I've noticed a ring of small flat bumps appear on my penis just below the head and above the shaft from masturbating. I have stopped for the past few weeks and they are still there. Would bacitracin or some other antiseptic get rid of them or should I continue to leave them for several weeks?

Thank you

ANSWER: Kezi:

I can't determine from your description what these bumps are.  They could be anything from fordyce spots (which are normal) to pores, allergies or something else.  If they bother you and are continuing, you may want to contact your physician just to be sure.

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QUESTION: From everything I've read, I'm 95% sure they are friction bumps. Would a topical antiseptic get rid of them if they don't go away on their own?

Thank you

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Kezi:

I wouldn't recommend putting anything on them without knowing exactly what they are. It is important to be very careful in using any creams or topical medications in that particular part of the body.  Further, there is little point in using a numbing medicine if there isn't any itching.  

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

Expertise

Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

Experience

Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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