You Asked It — Lumps & Bumps

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.

I have these bumps on my penis. I’m freaking out about it. What’s going on?

Is your pickle in a pickle? Don’t worry, it’s probably not that bad.

Keep calm. It’s totally normal to freak out about this, but it’s probably something that’s easily treatable and not a big deal once you see a doctor.

There are a number of things that could be going on: the bumps could be a totally normal part of your penis; they could be pimples or ingrown hairs; or they could be symptoms of an STI. Your doctor should be able to tell you what’s going on, and give you advice or medicine to take care of them. If you don’t have a doctor or insurance, remember, we see any young person that comes in looking for care, regardless of ability to pay.

About You Asked It

At the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, we answer a lot of questions. Topics range from nutrition to pregnancy prevention, and everything in between. Now, we’re bringing these questions back to you with our new weekly advice column, You Asked It. Got a question? Holler at us in the comments, send us a message on Facebook or Twitter, or email us at

Missed a You Asked It post? Check out our previous Q&As: Ugh, UTIs, Fit on the Cheap,Private Parts, Private Tests, Coitus InterrWHATus?, Modest at the Docs, Condom Problems and Boys & Shots.

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