Distinctions Between Balanitis and Pearly Penile Papules

If you are experiencing inflammation or a rash on the head of the penis, it’s important to discover the cause of the symptoms. For many men, they are experiencing symptoms of balanitis. For others, they could have pearly penile papules.

First, let’s talk about how these two conditions are similar. Both of these conditions show rashes, or rather, rash-like symptoms. Sometimes, they present a discharge. Both occur at the head of the penis. While these conditions can be similar in many ways, they couldn’t be more different.

Pearly penile papules are naturally occurring bumps around the head of the penis. They get their name from the pearl-like shape. These callous-like growths are a thickening of the skin. While some can get quite large and present a discharge, they are not a health issue. Thirty percent of men present symptoms of this condition and they often appear and disappear throughout one’s lifetime.

As described on WebMD, balanitis is inflammation on the head of the penis and presents symptoms of general redness, swelling, itching, and pain. You can develop a serious rash, and some cases present a foul-smelling discharge. While pearly penile papules is a natural, non-health related condition, balanitis is directly related to poor hygiene. When sweat and bacteria collect in the area, it aggravates the sensitive skin. You may also have an allergy to soap, detergent, or other products.

It is important that you speak with a doctor to help you identify what your condition is. Both of these conditions present symptoms that are similar to early signs for male yeast infections and some sexually transmitted diseases.

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