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pen size dot on penis shaft

Here it goes: Last night I noticed when I was using the restroom that there was a pin size dot on the shaft of my penis, on the top side about mid-way up from the base. I tend to worry about issues like these. I learned in the past about papules...which helped my anxiety. So, as I noticed the pin tip size spot or bump, I proceeded to do the wrong thing and exam it. I attempted to pinch it with my finger nails until something came out. A little bit of puss came out, barely any though. I went today to get a herpes test....I have had type 1 since I was a kid. I have delt with cold sores on my mouth once a year or so...no big deal. Now I am worried that this pin size dot/bump could be type two? I have been having unprotected sex with my girlfriend now for 6 months as well. She said she was clean when we first started. But i am not sure if she has just never had symptoms. I have had no symptoms at all other than it turning a little red from when I pinched it. Not in clusters, not painful to touch, not oozing, just one single pentip size bump that is scaring me. Acting much like a pimple. It looked at first as if it had a head to it....but it is so small it is hard to tell. It is not raised really at all when I stretch the skin. No symptoms at all. Any bit of releif until I get my results back would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Pimples are pretty common on the penile shaft, and it sounds to me like that's what you have.  It is never possible to exclude herpes, since 25% of the population has it, with or without symptoms; but this doesn't sound like herpes.

I wouldn't do anything as long as the lesion heals and doesn't recur.  But if in doubt or if you need more reassurance, see an STD-experienced health care provider, such as you local health department clinic and consider a herpes blood test.  (See many other comments on this board about the proper kind of herpes blood test.)

Good luck--  HHH, MD
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could it be from tanning in a bed and getting the area a little burned. could that cause this? Long shot, but just curious. thanks.
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Hi doctor,
This is just a follow up to my posts below, I dont know if you look down that far......

When you basically put to rest all my worries a few days ago, within a day, everything felt normal again, so I do attribute it to stress/anxiety.

However, yesterday I did notice a little something. I have a few of those papule-like things, which I've been told are normal. I had noticed a new one while I was worrying last week, and looking very close. Its near the end of my shaft, just a bit below where they other kind of skin starts before the head.  Yesterday, it seemed to have a little scab/dry skin on it. The scab is gone now, but the little white bump remains. I assume it was just a papule type thing, and maybe it got chaffed, as the day before, my GF did give me quite a bit of hand stimulation. Does this sound like something that should warrant any concern? (I know I have little reason to worry, but technically both of our HSV1 status' are unknown, its just that we've never exhibited a cold sore)

I'm not SUPER concerned with it, but I did notice it, and figured I'd ask, though I know a diagnosis over the internet is basically impossible.

Thanks!
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I don't look much at new comments on old strings, and don't recall your former question or my response.

I'm not sure what kind of "papule" is normal; that term usually implies an abnormality.  And scabbing certainly raises the possibility of herpes--but your comments suggest you've already dealt with that and have a negative HerpeSelect HSV-2 test.  If not, you need to be tested, regardless of your HSV-1 history. In any case, you're right--I can't make a specific diagnosis.  If in doubt, consider a visit to your local health department's STD clinic.

HHH, MD
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My only exposure has been 1 instance of oral sex from my GF, who is a virgin, and has never had a cold sore in her life, to her recollection.  (Still possible to be carrying HSV1 of course.) So, no need for a herpes 2 test I guess.  Yo had said I shouldn't have any concerns of herpes in out sexual practices.

I believe it could be a clogged follicle or something.  I know this is gross, but I do seem to get an occasional random hair on my shaft here and there.  

Perhaps I should post on the dermatology forum as well.

However, if it persists, or comes back in the future, I will get checked.  Thanks for all your advice.
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i have one little bump on my penis and i dont know what it is nothing is wrong with it no oozing and just a little paine can u help me?
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