Fordyce Spots

Fordyce spots are clusters of enlarged oil glands known as sebaceous glands that appear as raised bumps. They are harmless and appear over the borders of the lip, insides of the cheek, shaft of the penis, scrotum or labia in females. Treatment may be necessary only for cosmetic purposes.

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Please suggest a safe home remedy to reduce the appearance of Fordyce spots on the penis.

Query: Hi doctor, I have some Fordyce spots on my penis. I have some small white raised bumps on the base and sides of the penis. There is some hair growth too. I do not have irritation. I have them for a long time. I think that they are ingrown hairs formed after shaving. For the past six months to twelv...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. There is a presence of dilated glands known as Fordyce spots or syringoma (overgrowth of sweat gland cells). It does not require treatment as they are benign and it gets settled with time. Usually, they are harmless. If you want to treat them ...  Read Full »

What are the multiple small white lesions on the inner side of my cheek?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to brush my teeth, and I freaked out. I noticed multiple small white lesions (looks like small ulcers) on the inner side of my cheeks. They are totally painless. I do not know how long I have had them because I just noticed them a few minutes. Also, my oral hygiene is very poor...  Read Full »

Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the picture you have attached to the complaint (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is clear that they are not ulcers. These are called Fordyce granules which are nothing but a collection of small oil glands present in the oral cavity. This is just ...  Read Full »

What causes whiteheads on the upper lip and foreskin?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some small whiteheads on my upper lip and on the foreskin of my penis. They are visible only when I pull down the foreskin and they are located only on my foreskin. They do not cause itching. It seems like Fordyce spots. Please suggest.   Read Full »

Dr. B T Priya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are right. You have Fordyce spots on the lips. They are the opening of sebaceous glands. It is a benign condition and there is nothing to be worried. Apply a good moisturizer. In the genital area, you have some small white spots. They look like lichen nitidus. T...  Read Full »

Can a single genital wart exist unchanged for over 10 years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not sure why I never bothered to ask these questions before now, but I suppose it is better late than never. I have what appears to be a single genital wart just below the head. I have had it since I was 16 years old. I went through five years in the military with this without an...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A single wart cannot exist for such a long time. There has to be an increase in the number. Are you sure it is a genital wart? Were you diagnosed by a dermatologist? Clinical photographs would have helped. For more information consult a dermatologist online ...  Read Full »

There is a recent bout of Fordyce on lips, scrotum and penile shaft. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I had HPV warts 25 years ago. A recent bout with Fordyce on lips and a large amount on the scrotum and penile shaft. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your case. In my opinion, Fordyce spots are non-infectious lesions and are not sexually transmitted diseases. These are painless spots which occur in the area of sebaceous glands. It has no corelation with your previous HPV infection. Usually, it ...  Read Full »

Will small white bumps on the foreskin disappear on its own?

Query: Hello doctor, One week ago, I noticed two small white bumps the size of a pinhead appear on my foreskin. I have not been sexually active for more than six months. The spot appeared on the area of my foreskin, where I place my finger during masturbation. Over the past seven days, the size and appea...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These small bumps are called Fordyce spots are enlarged sebaceous glands that are visible on the surface of your skin. Sebaceous glands help keep your skin moisturized. They are normally cover...  Read Full »

What could be the small bumps on genital area with no symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I am experiencing some bumps and small spots on my genital and around the base area of it for more than 10 days. I checked it with the images of herpes and other STDs. They are not alike but I am worried about the spots. I have no other symptoms like fever, i...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran Sr

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like a viral infection. You need to plan for antiviral medication. Maybe your partner was asymptomatic. Do investigation for HSV (herpes simplex virus) 1 and 2 so we can be sure. In the meantim...  Read Full »

Why do I have some granules on the inside of cheek and corner of lips for a long duration?

Query: Hello doctor, I have small spots or granules on both sides of my cheeks and on lip corners for the past eight years. I was a smoker and occasional tobacco user. I quitted this four years back. I have no pain or irritation and I am in touch with a local dentist and taking vitamin D supplements. I ne...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivas Saketh Gummuluru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The long term habit of smoking and tobacco chewing has caused this on the inside of your cheek. Good to hear that you stopped the habit. The vitamin D supplement you mentioned is also nice. But it takes time to heal. For years together, the inside of your cheek has bee...  Read Full »

I have Fordyce spots in penis and corners of mouth. Please suggest treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male. I have Fordyce spots on my private areas and on the corners of my upper lip. Can you give me a cure? My problem has remained consistent since the last seven to eight years. It does not pain or itches or none of such problems. I just feel upset whenever I loo...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Fordyce spots are sebaceous glands. It is a normal variant, harmless. I totally understand your frustration. Unfortunately, this condition has limited treatment options and cure is difficult to assure. Co2 (carbon dioxide) laser is one option, it removes the spot but t...  Read Full »

How do keratosis pilaris on penis look like?

Query: Hello doctor, I have spots all over my body, prominently on the back of my arms and chest. I have a habit of picking them and white stuff comes out when I do. They are also all over my scrotum and the sides of my shaft (penis). They appear to be where hairs are, but my dermatologist ruled out folli...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please send photographs of the lesion as I am unable to get your problem. If you cannot pop it out, then probably they are not folliculitis. Revert back with the photos to a dermatologist online -->  Read Full »

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