Fordyce's condition is a condition that causes yellow or white bumps or lesions to appear on the lip, above the lip, in the mouth and/or along the genital region of the body. These lesions can be annoying and unsightly but are generally harmless and painless. There is no pain associated with these lesions, and the biggest problem with them is their appearance. Fordyce's condition is non-contagious and cannot be transferred from one location to another by contact. It can be of great concern for those who have it in the genital regions since most people immediately think of a STD when the bumps appear due to their similarities with such diseases.
Causes of Fordyce's condition
Not much is known about Fordyce's condition, and little is done to treat the condition because of its harmless and very common nature. It is known that the Fordyce's condition is not contagious and not infectious as well as being quite painless. It is also known that the bumps are a normal part of the body, caused by the over secretion of a certain gland in the body, that is seen on seventy to eighty percent of people. These bumps are often missed for long periods because they have no pain sensations associated with them and they are typically very small in diameter. This makes them difficult to detect unless one is paying very close attention to the area.
Fordyce's condition Symptoms
The condition is most likely to affect the areas of the body that are considered mucus membranes. This includes the genitals, the lips, and the mouth of the individual. These are not symptoms of any underlying condition or illnesses; they are simply bumps cause by the secretion of various chemicals and hormones. These bumps are considered healthy and often times no treatment is recommended for the bumps. If one experiences pain with these bumps there is a high possibility that it is not Fordyce's condition
Fordyce's condition Treatment
Treatment can be recommended if one is concerned about the bumps and are discussed with their appearance. While it is possible and highly effective for people to cover the bumps with make up, some individuals would rather have the bumps removed or treated in such a way that they are no longer visible. For this, lazar treatments and skin removal treatments have had some success. There is also a very expensive medication that can be taken to rid one of these lesions, but they will appear if the medication is discontinued.
Because of the nature of the Fordyce's condition, it is recommended that one has any lesions on the genitals evaluated by a medical professional. Just because the small bumps may resemble Fordyce condition, there is no reason to jeopardize one's health or the health of others if there is any doubt as to the diagnosis.