Sebaceous Gland

The sebaceous gland is the gland present on the skin that secretes sebum (oil) to lubricate the skin and hair. They are present everywhere on the body, more in the scalp and face, except the palms and soles.

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I found some white granules inside my right inner cheek with no pain. Is it normal?

Query: Hello doctor,I have found some white granules inside my right inner cheek. Some of them are almost invisible, but two of them are visible. They are not painful. I discovered them accidentally three weeks ago. Could you tell me if I should be worried about them? Also, does my oral mucosa looks alrigh...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. I really appreciate that you are keen on your oral health and reaching out to me. 2. The picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) you sent looks normal to me. 3. Our oral mucosa is rich in blood supply and very delicate compared to the outer skin. T...  Read Full »

I have white bumps on my penis. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I saw these white fluid (bumps) on edge. Is it regular and temporary, or should I be concerned about it? Also, there are some fluids (small bumps), same as skin color below those white. I have attached pictures of the same. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. From the pictures attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), the white node raised along the edge is pearly penile papules, and those beneath are ectopic sebaceous glands. Both conditions are harmless and seen in a lo...  Read Full »

Is it fine to have intercourse with sebaceous cysts in the groin?

Query: Hi doctor,I have two lesions on my groin area. I suspect I got HSV1 lesions from receiving unprotected oral sex. The thing is, I am planning on having intercourse in three days again, and the lesions are not open. Would it be okay to have intercourse by then?I rubbed the lesions with spirit and did ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to How long has the lesion been there? What are the symptoms you are having? Please answer the questions so that I can guide you accordingly.  Read Full »

How to remove the small bump on the lower side of my private part?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a small bump on the lower side of my private part. Earlier, I tried to get rid of it and so, I pressed it hard. A kind of white thing came out, and the bump remains the same for more than a week. I have uploaded the images here for better understanding. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have read your query and seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity).In the first picture, those are Fordyce's spots. They are prominent sebaceous glands. It is not STD (sexually transmitted disease), and no treatment is required.In the second image, ...  Read Full »

What are Fordyce spots and how to treat or prevent them?

Query: Hi doctor, I have tiny whitish bumps spread over my penis shaft and foreskin. They are raised almost with a pinhead size, some have tiny hairs, and some do not. I am not sure what they are and why they are appearing more now. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Those are retention cysts or so-called Fordyce spots. It is the accumulation of a small amount of sebum. There is no treatment indicated. Sometimes they grow larger. If so, then it needs to be surgically removed, otherwise no worries and nothing to do. If you have any m...  Read Full »

Why do I get white bumps on my lips if VRDL is negative?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife got two abortions due to unformed heartbeat for up to three months. So the doctor suggested abortion tablets. After the second abortion, the doctor did some tests for my wife and me. She gave Rubella CMV and herpes vaccine and tablets for her. My HIV is negative, and VDRL is r...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have a history of white lesions on your lips, and some pimple-like lesions are present inside your mouth for the last one month that are painless. Your HIV and TPHA tests are negative and VDRL reactive in 1:4 dilution. Your wife has a history of two abortions in ...  Read Full »

Why do I have a pimple in my penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old. My question is I can feel a very small hard pimple under the penis skin. When I get erection and press it, I feel a little pain. What is that? I cannot figure it out. Is it a pimple or something else? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are most likely dealing with a sebaceous cyst. They are similar to pimple. A sebaceous gland is a microscopic gland in the skin which secretes a waxy liquid known as sebum. It opens on the skin via an opening known as a punctum. When the opening gets blocked, th...  Read Full »

What is the white seed-like boil on my penis?

Query: Hello doctor,I have something like a small seed inside the skin below the penis. If pressed hard, a white material comes out, only when the foreskin is open. The fluid has a bad smell to it. It has been there for two years. Only during a hard erection, it produces a discomfort due to its sharp pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since the last two years, is there a continuous worsening of this condition or was there on and off episodes? Revert back with an image. Revert with more information to a dermatologist online -->  Read Full »

Can I use coconut oil on pearly penile papules?

Query: Hi doctor, For three days, I am have been having some reddish pink and white spots on the inner part of the penis. It is exactly on the corona, the under area of the head of the penis. Also, I have slight soreness on the inner part of the foreskin near the spots. It smells unpleasant. It is itchy an...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to These are nothing, just glands (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is called a penile pearly papule. These are glands, which become enlarged. These glands are sebaceous and oil gland, which secrets fluids and keep the penile area wet. It is a normal thin...  Read Full »

There is a localized yellow spot on the nose. How to heal it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a yellow spot on the right nose. When something touches it like air or finger, it gets irritated and sneezing happen for at least five to six times or more. So, I captured photos to see it, and it appeared as localized yellow spot. I applied Clindamycin, but no much effect so far. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The most probable diagnosis I can think of from images you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is that it looks like a blocked gland that is, a sort of a pimple, which we see commonly over the face. Your skin is covered with many pores, which ar...  Read Full »

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