In most cases, seeing veins beneath the skin of the penis is perfectly normal and does not require medical attention. In this article, we discuss why the veins in the penis might appear prominent and what this means. We also review potential underlying medical conditions that contribute to penis vein visibility and when to see a doctor. There are several veins and arteries that carry blood to and from the spongy erectile tissue in the penis. Veins may look larger than usual during and immediately following an erection.
Lymphangiosclerosis is a condition involving the hardening of a lymph vessel connected to a vein in your penis. It often looks like a thick cord wrapping around the bottom of the head of your penis or along the entire length of your penile shaft. This condition is also known as sclerotic lymphangitis. In many cases, it goes away on its own. At first glance, lymphangiosclerosis can look like a bulging vein in your penis. Keep in mind that the veins in your penis might look larger after strenuous sexual activity.
One of the veins around the 'collar' of my circumcised penis seems to have become much more prominent and seems slightly swollen. This followed a period of 'vigorous sexual activity'. In a similar case discussed on your website, you said: 'If this were the case, the lump would either be as a result of bruising and swelling in the muscle and soft tissues, or a hardening of one the veins due to inflammation or blockage.
Penile emergencies are rare but when they do occur, prompt diagnosis and treatment are warranted. Emergent conditions of the male genitalia are mainly traumatic, vascular or infectious. Penile emergencies are usually caused by trauma to the penis, during sexual intercourse or manipulation of an erect penis during masturbation. One of the traumatic vascular penile emergencies is superficial penile dorsal vein rupture. This is a rare condition, with just a few reported cases.