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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Hi, I'm a virgin and have never had any kind of sexual contact, so I'm probaby just being overly cautious but I'm a little scared. I've had these tiny while spots in the hair folicles on my scrotum for ages, and I read somewhere that this is relatively common, probably just enflamed hair folicles, which is normal for some people, so I thought everything was OK. Then a few months ago a whiteish lump about 5mm across suddenly appeared on my penis shaft, it doesnt grow in size and neither of these cause any discomfort, and I know there's tons of things it could be and I'm just being stupid but i'm scared nonetheless. The lump appeared virtually pvernight and has never changed in size and I can feel that it's confined to the skin and is not on the muscle below but for some reason I'm still scared. I knew HPV could cause cervical cancer but until a few days ago I'd never heard of penile cancer, and after reading the symptoms, I'm fairly sure this isn't it because it developed so fast and hasn't grown but I can't help but be wary. Anyone got any ideas what it could be?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    the best thing you can do is go and see your doctor and get it checked out. its better to be on the safe side!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Re: Hpv?
    Originally posted by phoenix75
    Hi, I'm a virgin and have never had any kind of sexual contact, so I'm probaby just being overly cautious but I'm a little scared. I've had these tiny while spots in the hair folicles on my scrotum for ages, and I read somewhere that this is relatively common, probably just enflamed hair folicles, which is normal for some people, so I thought everything was OK. Then a few months ago a whiteish lump about 5mm across suddenly appeared on my penis shaft, it doesnt grow in size and neither of these cause any discomfort, and I know there's tons of things it could be and I'm just being stupid but i'm scared nonetheless. The lump appeared virtually pvernight and has never changed in size and I can feel that it's confined to the skin and is not on the muscle below but for some reason I'm still scared. I knew HPV could cause cervical cancer but until a few days ago I'd never heard of penile cancer, and after reading the symptoms, I'm fairly sure this isn't it because it developed so fast and hasn't grown but I can't help but be wary. Anyone got any ideas what it could be?

    Best thing is to go to the docs or a GUM clinic to get it checked out. It could be a few things.

    It could be Genital Warts which are caused by the Humano Papilo Virus (spelling?) or HPV.

    The hair follicles on your scrotum are probably normal.

    The lump on your shaft could be a sebacious cyst/gland.

    If its HPV you will have to get it removed and the clinic/doctor can do that in a variety of ways depending on size and location and urgency. They will also tell you that 70% of the population have this virus somewhere in their body, a proportion of them have had a genital wart or will have , so you are not alone. Thankfully most people that have warts do not get another attack, even thought he virus is always there. Whatever way its not the end of the world!!

    Question - what the appearance/texture?

    Is it rough, hard squishy, bumpy, does it look like a mini caulliflower/rice krispie?? Is it always the same visible when floppy or can you only really see if when you are erect?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The kind of HPV that's linked to cancer of the cervix tends to cause 'flat warts' that are invisible to the naked eye, so I don't imagine that this is what's going on here.

    Try doing a search on Google for 'Fordyce spots', they are very common, and completely harmless.

    If that doesn't put your mind at rest, go along to your GP for a quick checkup. You are unlikely to have an STI, but other skin conditions can affect the penis.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Re: Re: Hpv?

    - to add - sorry to put more doubt in yout mind...

    You dont have to have had direct sexual/genital contact to get somethings...

    :confused:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Its not a wart, it's smooth texture and is in the skin but doesnt extend beneath it, it hasnt grown in size, if anything its shrunk but its still always there, the surface is red but I think thats from my constant attempts to squeeze it to death, which don't work. It feels hard if pressed between two fingers and can be felt as a slight bump by just running your hand over the skin. It is visible when flaccid but much more so when erect (presumably because of the muscle pushing against the skin and making it stand out) it is also much more noticeable to the touch when erect.

    I'll probably go to the doctor soon if I dont find out what it is, I dont think it's a Fordyce spot.

    I haven't found anything that looks like it on the net - all I've found are very prominant spots on the surface but this one is inside the skin, and whilst noticeable it is definitely not and prominant as things I've seen in photographs. I guess I'll just go to the doctor and see what she has to say.

    I guess it may be a spot because it appeared so suddenly, but I have never known a spot to stay for five months or to be actually in the skin rather than on the surface. Sometimes i can squeeze a small amount of what appears to be pus from it like would come from a normal spot, so in all likelihood I'm just getting myself worried about a little infection, but I like to hear your theories..

    I've pretty much convinced myself it's not cancer, iw as just ebing pessamistic before, since penile cancer mainly only occurs in men over 50, smokers (I'm not one) and those with an active sex life and even then has an incidence rate of one in one hundred thousand in the UK, the chances I have it are probably millions to one. Plus it usually occurs on the head or under the foreskin as opposed to on the shaft
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Basically I personally think its one of two things...

    It could be a wart - there are like hundreds of different types of HPV each causing different symptoms.

    But it sounds more like it could be a large subaceous gland/Fordyce Spot (as these can be like 5mm across) from your description of what it feels like and where it is situated in the skin etc... I have these and they freaked me out for many many years before I went and had it all looked at... like you I had them before I was sexually active.

    Get to the doctors or GU clinic this week mate - just to take the stress off your moind if nothing else.

    Let us know how you get on!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sorry this isnt adding anymore than the others have already said but i agree that its best to go to your doctors or GUM clinic and they'll be able to help you even if it is just to put your mind at rest and confirm that its nothing to worry about. Hope you get on ok and get it sorted out.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Went to the doc's, he said it's a sebaceous (sp?) cyst, nothing to worry about.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Good, I'm glad things turned out ok for you.xx.
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