Genital White Spots – What Causes Them on the Penis, Scrotum, Nipple and Vagina.

The stigma surrounding STDs in America should stop. These infections are wildly common, despite not making it into daily conversations. The misconception of the seriousness of the majority of STIs perpetuates the fear and the shame that accompany this delicate diagnosis. By lifting the veil and having honest conversations about sexually transmitted diseases, we can actually prevent the spread of them with education, treatment, and public prevention efforts.

The feeling of isolation, when diagnosed with an STD, is unfounded. Over 2.3 million people were diagnosed in 2017 alone with chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea according to the CDC. Each of those diseases is curable with a round of antibiotics. Understand that you are not alone and that learning more about the issue is the best way of curing shame.

To add to that building fire, here are some possible causes of white spots in the genital area.

Causes of White Spots in Genital Area

The underlying source of bumps in the groin area spans across a wide spectrum. It could be anything from acne to a virus. Certain viruses are fond of the genitals, while others aren’t discerning to where they pop up and sometimes find themselves there. There are also a few differences between the sexes that will address here.

White Spots on Penis Head

Unzipping to take a whiz or hop into the shower is so routine, you may not even take the moment to examine your penis, but it is an unwelcome surprise if you find anything abnormal. While alarming, white spots on the penis head are routine and non-threatening. A few causes to consider:

Acne. The skin on tip of the penis resembles all other skin in that it has its own pores. They can become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, or dirt to form whiteheads.

Penile papules. Characterized by pearly white bumps, penile papules (Hirsutoid papillomas) are normal occurrences that cause no harm. They resemble little pimples of 1 to 4 millimeters in size. Doctors don’t know what causes them, but up to 43% of men have them.

Genital warts. HPV causes firm, white bumps to crop up on the penis and around the genitals. These are contagious, but cause no serious threat to health.

White Spots on Scrotum

Many of the same conditions that affect the penis will also spread to the testes. White spots on the scrotum could be pimples, papules, or genitals warts.

They also could be:

  • Jock itch. This fungal infection is signified by redness and a rash that can contain some white bumps around the edges. It makes skin extremely itchy and dry. It is also contagious, but easily managed with an anti-fungal spray or ointment, available at any drugstore.
  • Pilar cysts. A cousin to the ingrown hair, these cysts develop in dense hair areas (like the pubic area). The hair follicle fills up with keratin, the element that makes up hair, nails, and teeth, and clogs the pore.
  • Folliculitis. The medical term for a infected hair follicle, this can be caused by oil, dirt, skin cells, or bacterial/fungal infections.

White Spot on Nipple

Breastfeeding is a beautiful bonding experience between mother and child. It is also pain in the rear for many mamas. A common side-effect is the development of a white spot on the nipple. It can be big or small, but is usually inflamed or red surrounding the area. Alternative terms include blocked nipple pore, milk blister, or bleb.

Simplistically, the lumps will not cause mom or baby harm. They are uncomfortable as heck though. To prevent milk ducts or pores from congestion, you can exfoliate the area daily. It is easy to do with a mild abrasion in the shower like a washcloth or loofah. Avoid harsh abrasives or chemical compounds since the baby is still nursing and could ingest anything applied to the breast.

If you are not pregnant or nursing, the blips might be caused by one of the following:

  • Hormonal birth control (the pill, ring, IUD, patch, or implant)
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Menopause

Less prevalent, but still potential causes include:

  • Thrush (yeast infection)
  • Herpes virus
  • Subareolar abscesses (breast infection in women that are not lactating)

White Spots on Vagina

Vaginal bumps are supremely common and generally not serious. If you find white spots on the vagina, book an appointment and take a deep breath.

The diagnosis and cure are not far away. Here are a few things it could be:

  • Vulvar cysts. The vulva, the outer portion of the female genitals, is full of glands under the skin. This includes Bartholin’s glands, Skene’s glands, and oil glands. When clogged, the glands can develop cysts. Unless painful, you can leave a cyst alone and wait for it to heal autonomously.
  • Fordyce Spots. When oil glands in pores that do not have hair follicles clog, they form little white or yellow bumps called Fordyce spots. They are commonplace on lips, cheeks, and genitals.
  • Ingrown hair. Women subject themselves to a variety of tortures to remove pubic hair including shaving, waxing, and creams. A side-effect of hair removal is unwanted ingrown hairs.

 

 

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