Recently i have noticed little bumps on the sides of my penis shaft. I am 18 years old with very little sexual activity, I have always had protected sex but a couple times recieved oral without a condom on. The bumps are hard to notice most of the time but when I am erect I can see them much better and even feel then raise up a slightly. From what I have read they sound like fordyce's spots but how can I know that is the case instead of warts? So my main question is whats the difference between fordyce's spots and genital warts?
Fordyce's spots are a normal anatomic variant. Warts are due to infection with the virus called human papillomavirus (HPV).
I don't get into online diagnosis based on description of symptoms, lesions, etc. Since you aren't sure what you have, you need to see a health care provider for diagnosis and, if indicated, treatment. A good bet is your local health department STD clinic, where expert care will be available at little (usually no) cost, and with total confidentiality--including your parents, if you still live at home.
I know that warts is a virus, my question had more to do with the appearance. If I have warts will they be obvoius or could they be just small raised bumps like what i described in my post above. Im almost positive that they are fordyce's spots based on past posts and descriptions, but i am still worried. I am seeing a dermatologist soon, will he/she be able to determine what they are?
I too have noticed maybe 4 or 5 little white tiny bumps like this....they are just below the head of the penis where circumcision starts and only really noticable if erected. Otherwise, I have to pull the skin back to even see them and they appear underneath the skin I think.
I have had a doctor look at me and said it was not STD but just wanting confirmation here.
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