Are Fordyce Spots STD?
Fordyce spots are sometimes mistaken as pearly penile papules. The main difference is the placement of bumps- while fordyce spots can be found on penile shaft and woman’s labia, PPP appear on the rim of male genitals. First one are little spots usually arranged in rows and almost completely cover the penile shaft. They are sometimes named pearly penile papules because they are shaped like little inflamed pearls that are only found on the penis. Although these might look like sexually transmitted genital warts, they aren’t. There are major differences between the two of them.
First of all let’s look at genital warts. Condyloma acuminata or genital wart in layman terms is a sexually transmitted disease. This disease may easily be transferred from host to recipient simply by sexual contact, the transfer usually occurs at alternating genders; male to female, female to male etc, although the transfers may occur on same gender cases. Fordyce spots usually look like little grains of rice. The sizes usually vary depending on the severity of the infection. The more severe the case, the bigger the spots are and vice versa, meaning the less severe the smaller the spots. Although there is really little proof about genital warts being dangerous enough to cause deaths, this is still a dangerous disease as the chances of birth defects or miscarriages.
Are Fordyce Spots Dangerous?
Fordyce spots on the other hand pose no danger at all and these spots are not the results of unhealthy hygienic practices or diseases sexually transmitted. Although the actual source of these are unknown or unsure at best there are studies done that show that this is usually found on uncircumcised genitals; it was also proven that these are found in genitals that were circumcised at a late age. It may also be stated that pearly penile papules are only found on male genitalia while fordyce spots affect woman and can be found on lips too. Although these pose no life threatening danger, the fordyce spots however are very unattractive to look at and can be treated with remedies like the ones for PPP.