Facts About Epididymitis

  • Epididymitis (epididymitis) is an infection of the epididymis
  • Symptoms include swelling, pain in the scrotum and fever
  • Treated with antibiotics, but the swelling and pain subside only slowly over several weeks or months

What is epididymitis?

Epididymitis is an inflammation of the epididymis. It is located on the side of the testicle into the scrotum. The condition occurs primarily after puberty.

How common is epididymitis?

You do not know where frequency epididymitis is. However, it is not frequent condition, but it is also not unusual.

What causes epididymitis?

Epididymitis is often caused by the bacteria chlamydia, mycoplasma or less frequently genitalum gonorrhea in men under 35 years. Over this age due to illness like bowel bacterium E. Coli., Who first gives urinary tract infection, then spreads through the vas deferens into the epididymis.

Epididymitis can also be a complication of intervention (surgery, the construction of the catheter, examination) in the urinary tract.

What are the symptoms of epididymitis?

The typical symptoms of epididymitis are:

  • Gradually increasing swelling, heaviness and pain in the scrotum . The pain rays often up in the stomach or in the same page’s groin
  • Chills and fever of between 39 and 40 ° C
  • Fast (overtime) development of swelling and tenderness in one epididymis
  • Searing and frequent urination , and sometimes discharge

What symptoms should you pay particular attention to?

Swelling, pain in the scrotum and fever.

How is it diagnosed?

The diagnosis is based on typical symptoms and findings. The doctor will usually also take a sample of bacteria. The sample is taken in that a swab brought about 1 cm into the urethra. The sample is sent for further examination on a microbiological laboratory.

Other studies may be needed if there is uncertainty about the diagnosis or the treatment does not work as it should. These studies may be ultrasound, x-ray of the urinary tract and cystoscopy. An ultrasound examination shows the contents of the purse and can confirm the diagnosis.

X-ray of the urinary tract and cystoscopy (thin tube from the urethral meatus to the bladder) is performed by suspected disease in the urethra or urine bladder.

What treatment is there?

Depending on the age is under or over 35 years old, you must have medicine targets the bacteria that typically causes inflammation.

One should keep the bed the first day. One can possibly. temporarily use a jockstrap that stabilizes the testicles.

Medicine of the type NSAIDs Such as ibuprofen, works antipyretic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. This medicine may be useful as an adjunct to treatment with antibiotics.

How is long-term prospects?

The treatment is almost always effective. The swelling in the scrotum can take from several weeks to months. Pain or tenderness of the epididymis can last for months.

If left untreated, can cause sterility.

How do I avoid or aggravate epididymitis?

To use a condom provides good protection against bacteria and thus epididymitis.

Have you got epididymit, you must stand still until the infection is treated.

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