Mother-of-pearl, or pearly papules – small tumors up to 2 mm in size that may appear on the foreskin of the male member, forming a ring around the crown of the head. This disease refers to those diseases that are transmitted by sexual contact. This feature eliminates the risk of infecting the sexual partner.

In boys, puberty is the probability of occurrence of papules, but as you get closer to the age of sexual formation they disappear. According to experts papules indirectly confirm the presence of the increased sexual activity men.

There is also the assumption that the papules arise due to clogging of the sebaceous glands located at the head of the penis. But the assertion that pearly papules are formed when promiscuous or lack of hygiene, wrong.

Papules you cannot remove yourself, it can cause an infection of the penis. If the papules cause itching or discover any selection, you should immediately consult a venereal disease, to diagnose or exclude the possibility of venereal disease.

Under the same condition, the pearly papules do not require any treatment.


The patient applied to the physician, usually urologist, explained that the formation of papules on the glans penis is completely safe for health and do not require therapeutic and especially surgical intervention.

For patients who are experiencing psychological discomfort, there are ways to remove the papules. Modern medicine offers three methods of removal. The most effective and common method is laser surgery, next in popularity: remove the papules with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), and surgical husking papules. Therapeutic methods, that is, drugs of healing papules do not yet exist.

Even if you delete the papules one of the three methods, there is a probability of their recurrence.

If the patient still decided on surgery, the doctor is obliged to warn you that after surgery, the patient a few days will be deprived of the opportunity to engage in a sexual contact. The very same surgical intervention will be conducted using pain medications that are directly injected into the penis.