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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I have had lesions on my vulva and experiencing severe hair loss. My IgE levels are very high. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had lesions on my vulva which sometimes cause itching. I am also suffering from hair loss due to high IgE levels. Are these lesions the reason for my high IgE levels? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Your symptoms are suggestive of vaginitis. It is mainly due to fungal infection. So, I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below. 1. Keep the area dry and clean. 2. Drink lots of warm water and eat a...  Read Full »

Why do I have a few small light bumps on my penis that are not painful?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a few small light bumps on the skin on the right shaft of my penis for many months. They are slightly raised but do not hurt or itch. I have never had an STD, and I have tested negative. I wash with regular soap and water daily but do not use lotion. What might these bumps b...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. As per the images and the history provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it appears to be Fordyce spots on the penile shaft. These spots are basically due to sebaceous glands (glands th...  Read Full »

How can the little bump on my upper lip corner be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a little bump on the upper lip corner which is like a small pimple for about eight to 10 months. It has been painless until over the past few days where there is a mild vague pain around the area. Please suggest if it is something that I need to be worried about?  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This could be a sebaceous cyst or a hypertrophic Fordyce spot or trichoepithelioma. A physical and histopathological examination is required to confirm the diagnosis and surgical excision is the only treatment of choice. Good thing is that most of them are benign in ...  Read Full »

What are the tiny painless dots in the corner of my mouth?

Query: Hi doctor,I have tiny little painless dots in the corners of my mouth on each side. They are nowhere else on my body, and it feels inflamed when I lick them because they are annoying. I am not sure if I have always had them, but they get a little painful when I open my mouth and stretch out as far a...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The dots look like Fordyce spots or ectopic sebaceous glands. It is an asymptomatic and harmless condition. The pain while opening the mouth and inflammation at the angle of the mouth indicates that you might have angular cheilitis. It migh...  Read Full »

The white spots present on my foreskin are itchy. Why do I have them?

Query: Hi doctor, I have white spots present on the foreskin. These are shiny and itchy when the foreskin is stretched. What to do? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I think these are fordyce spots and are harmless ectopic sebaceous glands only. These can be seen over the genitals or lip mucosa. The cause of these is not very well known, but as these are completely harmless occurrences in many people, no treatment is usually require...  Read Full »

I have small painless white bumps on my penis. What would be the cause?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a small cluster of small, white bumps on the right side of my penis about mid-shaft. There was no pain or itching, and they never changed. They never popped nor had a pus. There were about four bumps on the left side of my pubic area. After a few days of monitoring for change...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query, and I can understand your concern. From the attached image (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), you have Fordyce spots which are normal body conditions, and you need not worry about them. It can be said that they result from sebace...  Read Full »

I recovered from white bumps on the lip but got multiple tiny grouped bumps. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had bumps on my lips at first. They were white and went away, but now the bumps are back, but they are little on my lips in multiple places grouped up and not white.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the history provided, the bumps may be Fordyce spots. Fordyce spots are basically skin-colored or white tiny bumps seen on lips, genitals, and other mucosal areas, which are harmless and require no treatment. On the lips, they appear commonly due to the excess s...  Read Full »

Can Fordyces spot get inflamed and cause any discomfort in sexual life?

Query: Hi doctor, For a few years, I believe I have had Fordyce spots which are usually very small and do not cause me any issue; however, a few of them seem to have become inflamed and look very nasty and unappealing. It is hurting my sex life, and I am unsure what to do. Finally, I had a sexually transmi...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed your attachments (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is the sebaceous glands that are enlarged a bit. No treatment is required. But if you want to get rid of them, you will have to go to a dermatologist a...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for small spots on my penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently observed small painless dots in the¬†penis. What could they be?  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly attach a picture of the condition so that I can guide you better. Revert with more information to a cosmetologist online -->  Read Full »

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 »

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