Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Bumps on the head of my penis

Advertisement


Question
Flaccid
Flaccid  

Erect
Erect  
I had recently had sex with a girl and about a week later I noticed tiny bumps on the tip of my penis and I don't know what they are. There isn't any itching or soreness to them and they don't seem to be getting larger or spreading. I noticed that they aren't really noticeable when I'm flaccid but become much more apparent when I have an erection. What do you think it is?

Answer
Greetings,

Since you and I are both circumcised this will be easy to explain, but circumcised men have a condition in which the skin on their glans "keratinizes." This means that the skin naturally hardens as a result of the moisture lost from the skin that the foreskin would normally keep in for us. If you've ever see an uncircumcised penis before, you'll notice a huge difference between the color and texture of their glans as compared to yours. Essentially the bumps are cysts or dry skin and they are quite normal for us. In fact, you'll have this for the rest of your life, so it's interesting that you're just now noticing them. They can slough off with the old skin and reappear sometime later, so that's probably why you haven't been paying attention to them. Your penis appears completely normal, but if you have follow up let me know.

Cheers,

John

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


John Brice

Expertise

Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

Experience

3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

Awards and Honors
Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.