In rare cases some individuals may develop small varicose veins on the penis. This is more obvious on the erect penis. In some cases, the varicose vein may be seen when the penis is flaccid. The vein may feel lumpy but is usually not tender. The vein is generally engorged with blood and thickens with time. A corresponding condition seen in the female is called Mondor's disease- which is a thick varicose vein seen on the breast. The condition has no adverse health effects. The varicose vein on the penis does not require any treatment. It may bruise during sexual intercourse and thus wearing of a condom is highly recommended.
The cause of varicose veins on the penis is unknown but most likely related to a small blood clot in one of the superficial veins of the penis. This leads to thickening of the vein and eventual fibrosis. The condition is not related to masturbation or sexual activity. In some cases direct trauma to the penis may be a cause of injury to the superficial veins.
The diagnosis of a varicose vein on the penis is difficult because there is another condition which may mimic it. This unrelated condition known as lymphangisclerosis is due to thickening of a lymphatic vessel. It also feels hard and lumpy. It is not blue in color, but white. It can be seen on both the erect and flaccid penis.
In either case, use of lubricants is recommended during masturbation or during sexual intercourse to avoid bruising the vein. No other treatment is required.
There are no creams, ointments or herbs to treat the varicose veins on the penis
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