Although it is not related to any pathological condition, hirsuties papillaris genitalis is occasionally mistaken for HPV warts .  There are also home remedies for "curing" it, despite the fact that pearly penile papules are normal and have beneficial functions.   Some of the "home remedies" found on the Internet and elsewhere use mild ointments or creams to soften the papules, but others are physically dangerous techniques for papule removal which can result in permanent genital mutilation. Rapini et al. advise that, since dermatologists have safe, effective ways to remove the papules if desired, home remedies involving corrosive substances or self-surgery should be avoided, since they can permanently damage sexual functioning. Rapini et al. further state that removal should only be performed by a physician using proven medical techniques.