A 34-year-old male asked:
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was diagnosed with orchitis & epididymitis-acute. urinalysis all negative except rbcs at 20 & +1 for protein (also getting over separate virus/fever). are antibiotics absolutely indicated?

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Dr. Nadeem Shaikh
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes : If its epididymitis.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
Dr. Marshall Seligmann
14 years experience Pediatrics
Not always.: Orchititis and epididymitis can also be caused by viral etiologies (mumps is one example), and antibiotics would not be indicated in that case.
Answered on Jun 23, 2015

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Orchitis infection: unless you have a viral infection as the cause the antibiotic will help get rid of infection. Should not be harmful to masturbate.

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