There is a patch of tiny lumps in my penis. What is that?

Q. There is a patch of tiny lumps in my penis. What is that?

Answered by
Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 03, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jul 13, 2023

Hi doctor,

I recently discovered a cluster of small lumps beneath my frenulum or prepuce, located under my foreskin. It is important to note that I have not engaged in sexual activity for the past six months. Upon researching online, the search results indicate a potential association with genital warts. I want to know the cause and its management. Kindly help.



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I read your query and understood your concern. Kindly send a high-quality image for evaluation and provide additional information. I need visual reference to provide accurate comments or suggest treatment. Could you also clarify if there is any associated pain or discharge? Additionally, it would be helpful to know if this issue has recurred previously and if you have used any creams. Lastly, please inform if you have a history of unprotected sexual contact. Kindly follow up with above requested information.

Thank you.

Thank you doctor for the reply,

Please review the attached image I have attached and provide your guidance.



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I have reviewed the image you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), I would like to inform you that the condition you are describing is not related to warts but rather to prominent Tyson's glands. These are sebaceous glands present along the inner surface of the corona of the male penis prepuce. Pearly penile papules, ectopic sebaceous glands of Fordyce, and Tyson's glands are considered normal physiological variations. They generally do not require treatment. However, if you have concerns, treatment options such as electrofulguration and cryotherapy can be considered. I hope this has helped you. Kindly follow up if you have more doubts.

Thank you.

Thank you doctor for the reply,

I am concerned because after a few months, these glands are starting to get larger internally. I need to know if they are indeed Tyson's glands. My partner told me that they resemble warts. I am worried about this, so kindly re-examine this issue.



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I read your query and understood your concern. If the glands have increased in size, I suggest you consult a dermatologist or surgeon for further evaluation. They can assess the situation and determine if excision is necessary. Based on the provided information, it does not appear to resemble a wart. I hope this has helped you. Kindly follow up if you have more doubts.

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