3 Questions to Ask Before PPP Treatment

When men notice a bump on the rim of their penis’s head, it’s as if the entire world has stopped on its axis. Crazy thoughts enter their mind. They wonder if its cancer or an STD. They wonder if it will go away. They even wonder how to explain it to a girlfriend, wife or partner. They need answers and they need them now.

Little bumps on the rim of a man’s penis are likely pearly penile papules, tiny benign protrusions also known as PPP that are fairly common for men in their 20s and 30s. Typically flesh colored and often appearing in organized rows, PPP are naturally occurring and offer no harmful side effects other than increased sensitivity. They are also treatable. For peace of mind ask your doctor these three questions.

How is PPP treated?
Unfortunately, no home remedies are available to remove PPP. When PPP was first discovered, doctors tried everything from circumcision to spreading toothpaste over the infected area. Then carbon dioxide laser treatments became available. These treatments essentially burn away the bumps with little to no pain and still widely used today. Because radiofrequency uses radio waves and not electricity to remove the bumps, the surrounding tissue suffers less damage, while offering a more precise and complete removal. It’s effective, safe, and comes with no scarring or bleeding.

What is the cost?
Costs vary depending on your doctor and whether or not insurance will cover the treatment. Because PPP cannot be spread and is not considered dangerous or life-threatening, some insurance companies view it as an elective procedure and won’t cover the cost. Other health companies view it as a way to reduce mental stress and anguish that could cause more costly treatments later. Therefore they foot the bill. Each doctor charges differently based on their experience and practice, staff, equipment, etc.

What are the side effects of treatment?
Patients can immediately go back to work or school, but for the first several days patients will suffer minor side effects such as redness, swelling, mild stinging, discomfort, scabbing, or crusting. Within two weeks the treatment should be completely healed.

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