Every guy wants to make sure he practices proper penis care, and so they hopefully are regularly examining their penises for signs of irregularities that may need to be explored. (Hopefully those irregularities are not there – but a man doesn’t know unless he checks for them.) But when he does spot something that’s different, it can be hard to know if it’s reason for alarm or not. Take penis bumps, for instance. In some cases, they could be a sign of something serious, such as a sexually-transmitted infection (STI). But in so many cases, they are brought about by something much more benign. That’s the case when penis bumps are due to lichen nitidus (LN).
What is lichen nitidus(LN)?
Most people have never heard of LN, which is not unusual. It is a fairly uncommon issue for men or women. As with many things which cause penis bumps, it’s a skin condition. It comes about as a result of abnormal inflammatory conditions in skin cells, although what causes the inflammation to occur is currently unknown.
Normally, when the body senses an infection, it produces white blood cells called T lymphocytes and sends them into action to conquer the infection. But in the case of LN, the body is producing these T lymphocytes in response to a false alarm; there isn’t an infection that needs fighting, but something is happening in the body that it mistakenly believes to be an infection.
With LN, these extra white blood cells cause small little skin-colored bumps to appear in an area or areas of the body. Although this article is concerned with penis bumps, LN can actually present anywhere on the body. These bumps are fairly distinctive, as they tend to “glisten” a little. Because they are very small – usually 1 – 2 millimeters – and because they are essentially flesh colored (a light pink in people with light skin, a lighter brown or black on people with darker skin, etc.), they may not be noticed for a little while. They can itch, but this is less common than with other conditions that cause penis bumps.
As mentioned previously, LN is considered a benign condition. It may cause some inconvenience, but it by itself is not dangerous. It also is not infectious and cannot be passed on to another person through contact. So a person may have sexual engagement with another person with no worries about spreading it.
Still, it’s a good idea to see a doctor, to get a diagnosis that confirms that LN and not another condition is responsible for the presence of the penis bumps. Also, LN sometimes occurs in tandem with other issues, such as eczema or Crohn’s disease, so being seen for LN may lead to discovering another condition which may require treatment.
Usually LN clears up on its own and requires no treatment. If the condition is itchy, antihistamines may be prescribed to relieve the need to scratch. If the condition is long lasting, a doctor may prescribe other treatments, such as a topical application of vitamin A, use of corticosteroids or phototherapy (which is use of light to treat a condition.)
Penis bumps caused by LN may also be aided by the regular application of a top drawer penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). It’s advisable to look for a crème that includes vitamin A, which as noted above is often prescribed for treating LN. In addition, vitamin A has antibacterial properties known to help fight persistent penis odor. In addition to this vitamin, the crème should also include vitamin D. Sometimes called the “miracle vitamin,” vitamin D has proven benefits in fighting diseases and supporting healthy cellular function.