March 17, 2010

Lifestyle Tips For Swollen Epididymis

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

The epididymis is a tube connecting the testicles and the vas deferens. An inflammation of this tube leads to epididymitis. Epididymitis commonly affects men who are between the ages of 19 and 35. The inflammation of this area is generally caused by an infection that may spread to the epididymis from the urethra or the bladder. Infections may also arise from conditions like Chlamydia or gonorrhea. Some children and adults may also suffer from E coli infections that lead to an inflammation of the epididymis. Certain kinds of medications could also cause an infection or inflammation of the epididymis. In addition, there are several factors that may increase the risk of epididymitis. These include regular urethral catheter use, a recent surgery or a history of urinary tract disorders, unsafe sexual practices and being uncircumcised. Epididymitis symptoms include a low-grade fever, a heavy sensation in the testicle, chills and an increased sensitivity of the testicle, among others. These symptoms may occur alongside symptoms like discharges from the urethra, lower abdominal discomfort, blood in the semen, lumps in the testicle, a burning sensation while urinating, pain while ejaculating and swelling or inflammation in the groin. Treatment for epididymis generally involves medication or in severe cases, surgery. Early diagnosis is absolutely essential as the condition could be potentially dangerous if left untreated. Moreover, epididymitis could recur and lead to further complications if it is not attended to properly. For instance, epididymis could lead to an abscess in the scrotum, a fistula on the skin of the scrotum, infertility, chronic epididymitis and death of testicular tissue as a result of poor blood supply. Your doctor may prescribe medication to reduce pain and inflammation. Antibiotic treatment can generally cure epididymitis completely. Contact your doctor immediately if you are suffering from severe pain in the scrotum and if the condition is not responding to treatment.

You can also care for inflammation at home with the help of a few health and lifestyle tips. To prevent infection of the epididymis, it is essential to practice safe sex. Always use protection and if diagnosed with an infection, ensure that your partner is also examined. In addition, you can apply a cold pack on the testicles for immediate relief from pain and swelling. Avoid using a hot compress as this could damage the epididymis. In addition, you can keep the swollen scrotum raised and supported with the help of a soft pad. This may help relieve pain and inflammation.