Most men avoid going to their doctor, particularly when they face genital problems. One of the problems that men ignore is red spots on their penis. Spots on the penis are usually not a sign of serious problem, as these spots may be harmless. However, it is best to show these spots to your GP. If the spots are painful or recurring, you must consult a health expert at the local genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic.
If is natural for men to be concerned when they notice spots on their penis. Most men assume that these spots are cancer, which will eventually spread to other parts of their body. Also, some men get alarmed after seeing the spots because they believe that these spots will affect their sexual performance. However, most of their fears are unfounded, as it may be a simple problem that can solved by applying ointment or by taking medication.
Common Causes for Penile Spots
When you notice red spots on the penis, you need not panic. Here are some common causes of red spots on the penis.
Pearly Penile Papules
These are small bumps that appear on the head of penis. These bumps are usually the same color as the skin, but are pearly in appearance. These glands are not infectious and don’t require any treatment. However, some men may remove it for cosmetic reasons.
If you notice tiny yellowish or white spots on the shaft or the head of the penis, you could be suffering from Fordyce disease. These spots look more prominent if your skin is black or brown in color. These spots are sebaceous glands that are usually a part of the natural structure of the penis. These spots are not sexually transmitted and don’t cause any harm. Since these spots are not associated with disease or infection, you don’t have to take any treatment for these spots.
If these spots are an irritant, you must increase the intake of antioxidants. Some of the items you must include in your diet to increase the intake of antioxidants include avocado, vegetables, and garlic. Additionally your doctor may also prescribe tretinion cream to deal with the problem.
Pimples or Septic Spots
Just as people get pimples on their face, some men get septic spots or pimples on their penis. This problem is particularly common in teenagers and young adults. When pimples appear on the penis, no treatment may be required. However, you must not squeeze the pimple as it can spread infection. Also, you must avoid sex until it is completely gone.
If the pimple or septic spot does not go away in a week, it is best that you ask a doctor to check it.
It is a known fact that men have hair growing around the base of their penis. Often, the hair can also appear on the lower penile shaft and the scrotum. Appearance of hair on penis is common in people of Middle East background.
Hair grows out from small pits known as follicle. These follicles may appear quite prominent on few men. These follicles are normal and harmless, and you don’t need any treatment to deal with them.
Most causes that are previously mentioned in the article don’t require any treatment. However, if you are suffering from genital warts, you must approach a doctor for treatment. Genital warts are transmitted through sexual contact and may appear ivory, brown, black or pink in color.
Genital warts appear as soft-to-the-touch, flesh-colored bumps that look like the surface of the cauliflower. They grow in more than one place and appear as a cluster of large masses. They are usually painless, but may itch. Genital warts usually develop within 6 months after infection. However, in some cases it may take longer.
Genital warts can be easily passed on during oral, anal, or vaginal sex. They can grow more rapidly when the immune system of the person is weakened by HIV/AIDS, diabetes, Hodgkin’s disease, chemotherapy and taking anti-rejection drugs after organ transplant.
If you are suffering from genital warts, you may require treatment at GUM clinics. Your doctor may suggest the use of creams or ointments to deal with the problem. At times, your doctor may suggest surgical remove of warts. This is usually done using laser or probe and is virtually painless.
It is best that you avoid sex until you are completely cured.
Also known as water warts, Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin. Molluscum produces dome-shaped and pearly lumps on the skin. They produce brown or pink in color, and have a little dimple on the top. If these spots are squeezed, white cheesy looking material comes out from these spots.
In adults, Molluscum is usually passed on through sexual intercourse. These spots often appear on the penis, though they could appear anywhere else in the body.
If you are suffering from Molluscum, you must go GUM clinic. Doctors will diagnose the problem and suggest the right treatment for the problem. At times, the spots may disappear in a few weeks. Avoid sexual intercourse or go to the bed naked unless the problem is solved.
There are some serious problems that can cause penile spots. Fortunately, these causes are rare. Here is a brief of some problems that can cause penile spots:
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause serious problems. About 0.01% of the world’s population suffers from syphilis. This disease has an incubation period of 9 to 90 days. At the end of the incubation period, the disease announces its arrival as a lump on the penis. The color of syphilis will vary depending on the color of the skin. The lump breaks down into an ulcer, if steps are not taken to treat the problem. Most men ignore the problem because both lump and ulcer are painless. At times, the ulcer may go way without taking any treatment. However, it will come back if you don’t take the right treatment.
If you believe that you are suffering from syphilis, you must contact your doctor immediately. If possible, visit a GUM clinic for tests and examinations. The disease is curable provided it is caught early and you take the right treatment. Avoid sex with anyone until you are pronounced cure by a health expert.
People, who suffer from herpes, have blisters on their penis. It is a virus that is transmitted during sexual intercourse. The first symptom of herpes is brownish or reddish penile discoloration. After a few days, you may notice blisters which are filled with straw-colored fluid. These blisters can be extremely painful and last for several weeks. Even though the blisters vanish after a few weeks, it does not mean that you are cured. It is in your interest to visit your doctor, who will examine the problem area and suggest examinations and test.
If you’re struggling with toilet paper eating addiction, you are not alone. There are thousands of others who looking at ways of dealing with this problem. Some people eat few sheets in a day, while there are others who eat entire roll in a day. People, who are addicted to eating toilet paper, may not enjoy eating normal food because of their addiction. Many online forums and answers website say that eating toilet paper is safe and there are not side effects of eating toilet. This information is not true and people who eat toilet paper may have to deal with long-term health problems.
What is Pica?
Pica is addiction of eating objects and substances, like paint, paper, chemicals, paint, and dirt that don’t have nutritional value. Craving for non-food items isn’t safe as it is an indication that you are suffering from an underlying health problem. If you are suffering from toilet paper eating addiction, it is best that you consult your doctor. Your doctor may suggest blood which will help in finding out the possible deficiencies you are suffering from. Usually, mineral deficiency is a reason for such cravings.
“Pica” comes from a Latin word which means magpie, a bird that eats almost anything. The craving for non-food items is extensive in people who suffer from Pica. Some people crave for paper while others crave for dirt, mud, chalk, and glue. Craving for powdery consistencies like sand, baking soda, ashes and talc is also not uncommon.
Diagnosis of Pica
If a person suffers from pica, medical evaluation of the person is important. Some of the problems that pica can cause include intestinal blockages, anemia, and high level of toxicity in the blood. Your doctor may suggest tests and physical examination to find the side effects of addiction. A test for possible infections caused by eating items like toilet paper may also be recommended by the doctor. The doctor will also evaluate the presence of other disorders like developmental disabilities, mental retardation, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Complications Associated with Pica
Eating objects that don’t have any nutritional value, can lead to malnutrition, constipation, and blockages. Some of the other problems associated with Pica is Phytobezoar.
This is a type of trapped mass which consist of indigestible material like seeds, skins, and fibers. Phytobezoars in the stomach can be detected using endoscopic testing or barium x-ray. People, who suffer from phytobezoars, may develop symptoms like vomiting, perforation, gastric outlet obstruction, bleeding, abdominal pain, and nausea. Phytobezoar may also cause the person to retain feces to toxic levels. The trapped mass is like a ball of human hair except its toilet paper that can get stuck in the GI tract and stomach. At times, drastic increase in toxicity levels can make sweat and breathe smell feces like. Phytobezoar is also result in problems in intestine and abdominal pain.
The doctors may use endoscopy to remove this indigestible mass from the stomach. Given the risk associated with this treatment, as it can result in lead poisoning, close monitoring of the patient is important throughout the treatment. Also, cooperation of the mental health team may be required to treat pica.
Dealing with Pica
Pica usually begins at a young age. Typically pica last only for a few months, however, in some cases it can last for a few years. There is no special or specific treatment for pica. However, paying careful attention to eating your eating habits can help in preventing pica. If you have infants at home, you must supervise them and pay careful attention to their eating habits. If you can them young, you can prevent complications.