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Pearly Penile Papules

Medically reviewed by The Dermatologists and written by Dr. Alexander Börve

30% of men have it

  • Does not require medical diagnosis
  • Symptoms: none
  • Color: Typically red
  • Location: Ridge of penis
  • Treatment: laser
Ages Affected

30% of men – all ages.


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Last updated on April 12, 2024

Pearly Penile Papules also called, Hirsuties coronae glandis, are small harmless skin tags that sit on the glans edge in 30% of all males.


The skin tabs should not be confused with genital warts which is a contagious disease and often referred to as genital warts. If you feel unsure, contact the appropriate reception for assessment.



There are no symptoms. It is a natural anatomical condition.


What can I do?



Should I seek medical care?

This is only a cosmetic condition, if it bothers you, then you can seek care to have them removed.


Treatment for Pearly Penile Papules

Pearly penile papules can be removed with CO2 lasers, which is by far the best method and is regarded as a cosmetic procedure that is not covered by insurance. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and is performed by several private clinics.


Pearly Penile Papules: A typical user case

Hi! Have scratched sometimes but it is not big and it often stings when I have peed but not always. I have used  Canesten 1% for three weeks. It has got better, but the dots or skin tages are left, what should I do? ?


Online Dermatologist answer
Thank you for using this service. From the submitted information and photos this is most likely PEARLY PENILE PAPULES. These skin tags are very common, completely harmless and not contagious. It is believed that they are a normal anatomic variant and no treatment is needed. They should not be confused with genital warts.


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CO2 laser treatment for pearly penile papules – personal experience. Deda, Lipka-Trawińska, Wilczyński, Błońska-Fajfrowska J. Cosmet Laser Ther. 2019;21(3):152-157

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