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Q. There is a white spot near the penis. Is this something I should be worried about?

Answered by
Dr. Ashwini V Swamy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 08, 2018 and last reviewed on: Jul 16, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have a question.

Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Dermatology Venereology
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Hi,

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I saw the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

There is redness. It looks like folliculitis as per the picture. I cannot really comment on what is going on unless you mention symptoms. Please elaborate your skin problem.

Do you have itching? How long has it been there?

For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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Thank you doctor,

Do you see the white spot? There are no symptoms. It does not hurt. I used to shave down there a lot. Is this something I should be worried about?

Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Dermatology Venereology
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Hello,

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I see a white spot at the root of the penis. It looks little elevated in the picture. It is blurry when I try to zoom in.

I can list the possible causes:

  1. Milia - harmless cyst.
  2. Post-inflammatory depigmentation after trauma from shaving or friction.
  3. A pustule from folliculitis - inflammation of hair follicle.
  4. Idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis - a harmless condition.
  5. Molluscum contagiosum - a viral infection.

This would need dermoscopic examination for a definitive cause.

For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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Thank you doctor,

So, nothing serious or life-threatening?

Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Dermatology Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

No, it is nothing serious or life-threatening. If it is molluscum (a viral infection), it needs to be removed or it can spread. But, again I cannot say exactly if it is molluscum or not. It requires close examination to confirm the nature of skin lesion, especially in the genital area.

Now considering other possibilities, milia and idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis are harmless. Folliculitis needs a topical antibiotic like Clindamycin, and the area should be kept clean and dry after a shower.

For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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