Epididymitis is the inflammation of the tube at the back of the testicle that stores and carries sperm. Epididymitis is primarily caused by a bacterial infection, including STIs such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.
Signs and symptoms of Epididymitis may include any of the following:
- A swollen, red or warm scrotum
- Testicle pain or tenderness
- Painful or an urgent and frequent need to urinate
- Discharge from the penis
- Painful intercourse or ejaculation
- A lump on the testicle
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the groin
- Pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic area
- Blood in semen
- Fever (however, this is less common)
If your symptoms last longer than six months, you may have chronic epididymitis. Sometimes the reasons for chronic epididymitis are unknown.
If you are experiencing groin or scrotal pain, please consult a doctor. Scrotal pain may be caused for a number of reasons and it is best to seek medical attention. Some severe cases need instant medical attention.
Causes of Epididymitis
+ STI: Gonorrhea and chlamydia are the most common causes of epididymitis. However, it is most frequent in young, sexually active men.
+ Infections: For men who aren’t sexually active, other infections may be the cause of epididymitis. An infection in the urinary tract may spread to the infected epididymitis.
+ Certain medications: Certain medications, such as the heart medication Amiodarone (Pacerone).
+ Urine in the epididymis: This condition occurs when urine flows backwards into the epididymis. This may happen due to heavy lifting or straining.
+ Trauma: A trauma or injury to your groin may also result in epididymitis.
Prepping for a Doctor’s Appointment:
When you go to the doctor make sure to put together a simple list of these things to talk to your physician or nurse about.
- Write down your medications: Your doctor will need to know what medications you are taking.
- Make a list of your symptoms: Write down all of your symptoms that you notice and tell your doctor.
Pain Relief Options:
If you are feeling pain, you can try these home remedies to ease your discomfort before you visit the doctor.
- Lie down with your scrotum elevated
- Apply cold packs to your scrotum
- Avoid lifting heavy objects
- Avoid sexual intercourse until you are properly healed and get the go-ahead from your doctor
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