A big part of proper penis care involves doing a self-check on the penis for tell-tale signs that steps may need to be taken to address a cosmetic or health issue. One of the signs that can cause consternation and concern during one of these checks is the presence of penis bumps - especially when those bumps were not there before. Penis bumps can be due to many causes, one of which is lymphoceles.

What are lymphoceles?

For any guys with penis bumps who are now in a panic that they might have lymphoceles, let’s get the important fact out of the way: Lymphoceles are basically harmless and do not need to cause a man undue worry and anxiety.

Many people are familiar with lymph nodes and the lymphatic system, and lymphoceles are part of that same family. The lymphatic system is a big, complex system of vessels and channels within the body that plays a prominent role in both circulation and immunity. When the blood flows around the body, it filters out components, such as plasma. Filtered plasma not readily used by the body travels through the lymphatic system back to the blood vessels. For the immune system, the lymphatic system uses white blood cells to destroy potentially harmful substances in the body.

So what are lymphoceles? It’s an aberration that occurs when there’s a blockage in one of the lymph channels. When the lymph fluid is barreling along and suddenly encounters a blockage, it comes to a screeching halt. If the blockage remains, then more lymph fluid builds up behind it, overflowing the lymph channel and spreading into the surrounding tissue. If tissue absorbs enough of the lymph fluid, it will swell and create a bump-like structure or structures - and in the manhood, this will resemble penis bumps.

Why the blockage?

When lymphoceles appear as penis bumps, what is it that causes the blockage in the first place? The most common cause of lymphoceles is a complication of surgery. A doctor is performing an operation in which the lymph channels are involved, either directly or indirectly, and an error results in the blockage. This is most common in surgeries involving the kidneys or the pelvis.

However, lymphoceles on the penis are more likely to be the result of trauma to the organ. If a man playing sports receives a direct blow to the penis, for example, the lymph channel may constrict. It also can occur as a result of rough sex. A man may grip his penis too tightly while masturbating or may thrust too vigorously during partner-based sex in a way that causes trauma to the member.

What to do

In the majority of cases, penile lymphoceles tend to resolve totally on their own in a matter of a day or two. For more stubborn cases, a man can try gently massaging the affected area and may consider apply a warm (not hot) towel to the area after massaging.

If several days go by and the lymphoceles are still there, a doctor should be consulted. He may recommend puncturing to relieve the fluid build-up - but that is fairly rare.

Penis bumps caused by lymphoceles are harmless, but they may cause some pain or soreness. Keeping the penis healthy through the daily use of a first class penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) may help the penis recover more quickly from lymphocele-related pain. When the skin is more supple and pliant, soreness is typically diminished; a crème that contains Shea butter (an exceptional skin emollient) and vitamin E (a superb hydrator) is poised to moisturize the skin so it maintains its elasticity. It’s also wise to use a crème with vitamin D, which is widely known as the "miracle vitamin." By fighting disease and emphasizing good cellular function, vitamin D preps the penis for resilience.