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Epididymitis (Overview)

Inflammation of the tube at the back of the testicle that stores and carries sperm.


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How long does epididymitis last, after the antibacterial treatment? And what changes should I expect?

Epididymitis: Epididymitis is uncomfortable and difficult to eradicate completely. Your best bet for preventing relapses or recurrences is aggressive antibiotic treatment initially.. ...Read more

Epididymitis (Overview)

Inflammation of the tube at the back of the testicle that stores and carries sperm.


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How long can the symptoms of epididymitis last?

How long can the symptoms of epididymitis last?

Can last a long time: Epididymitis is an infection of the epididymis. Treatment with antibiotics usually relieves the symptoms within 3-4 weeks. Hot baths and anti-inflammatories can help. Persistant pain or pain without swelling of the epididymis may be a sign of a different problem such as prostatitis and should be checked by a urologist. ...Read more

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Would scrotal exploration show signs of Epididymitis?

Would scrotal exploration show signs of Epididymitis?

Yes, but not needed: Scrotal exploration surely can see the sign of epididymitis, but in practice, such invasive approach is unnecessary and has no position for diagnosing epididymitis. This Q poses the dilemma between medical necessity and professional possibility; both have to be in balance. More? Seek timely professional attention and counseling. ...Read more

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Is applying menthol to scrotum for pain relief dangerous or safe? I have been doing it for 2 months since chronic epididymitis diagnosis.

Is applying menthol to scrotum for pain relief dangerous or safe? I have been doing it for 2 months since chronic epididymitis diagnosis.

It's safe: If you can stand it. My own hope is that you get your scrotal pain treated effectively -- if you've not gotten a good response after two months on the heavy-duty antibiotics you're taking, you should get with a competent urologist and perhaps seek another explanation, or a nerve block. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned that my re-occurring epididymitis may never go away ? 1 year so far.

Here are...: The stated scenario indicated you've been treated for epididymitis; hopefully, indeed, you had or have had it. So, you're advised to collect the features of degree, duration, or interval over time of testicular pain with its detailed sequence of events. &bring those to doc for review, analysis, more hx, physicals, and tests as needed so to deduce a confirmative DX for reasonable rx. Best wish... ...Read more

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How can I tell if I still have epididymitis?

How can I tell if I still have epididymitis?

Epididymitis: Primarily by palpable enlargement of the epididymis and tenderness or pain ...Read more

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Whats is the common test for diagnosing epididymitis? It can be done on insurance card?

Whats is the common test for diagnosing epididymitis? It can be done on insurance card?

Epididymits: Largely diagnosed by history and physical examination by a urologist. Sometimes an ultrasound exam is ordered to confirm. Antibioitics and anti-inflammatory meds are often prescribed. ...Read more

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Does anyone know, after diagnosed with epididymitis, what do the doctors do?

Antibiotics: Doctors treat epididymitis with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, warm soaks, elevation and time. ...Read more

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Epididymitis, how long to treat?

Here are some ...: If epididymitis-causing bug is sensitive to the prescribed antibiotics, usually yes, a course of one-week use will usually suffice but not necessary to resolve epididymal swelling, which may take weeks, even months to soften and disappear; occasionally, post-epididymitis residual tissue induration may last forever. Detail? Ask Doc timely. Best wish ... ...Read more

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After being treated for chlamydia (single dose), i got diagnosed with partially treated epididymitis. Do i still have chlamydia?

After being treated for chlamydia (single dose), i got diagnosed with partially treated epididymitis. Do i still have chlamydia?

Doubt it.: Treatment effective. If you have epididymitis and someone said it was partially treated i think it would be a good idea to consider a test of cure. ...Read more

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My testicles are completely numb. Have had chronic (unresponsive to medical treatment) epididymitis for a year. Is this serious? Are my balls alive?

overall health: The testicles are sensitive to a man's overall health. If you have had some serious illness recently, like gangrene as mentioned in your profile, then your testicle can certainly be affected. A scrotal us would provide some information. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatments for epididymitis?

No natural treatment: There are no effective non-medical treatments for epididymitis. Epididymitis is usually due to an infection of the epididymis, which is on the side of each testicle. Antibiotics are needed to resolve the infection, and anti-inflammatories (such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin) are used to decrease the pain and inflammation. A primary care doctor or a urologist can evaluate such symptoms and start treatment. ...Read more

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Can chronic bilateral epididymitis for 1 year damage fertility? Doctors unable to cure me. No antibiotics work. Lab tests normal. Please help

Yes: Chronic infection can lead to a diminished sperm production as well as scarring in the epididymis to cause obstruction. High oral fluid intake along with hot baths and anti-inflammatory medications may give you some symptomatic relief. Continue to monitor closely with your doctor. ...Read more

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I got diagnosed with epididymitis and my doctor only told me to take anti inflammatory drugs 3 times a day for 3 days. Why did i not receive antibioti?

I got diagnosed with epididymitis and my doctor only told me to take anti inflammatory drugs 3 times a day for 3 days. Why did i not receive antibioti?

Viral/noninfectious: Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. If your doc suspects that the trouble you have is either viral or trauma-related epididymitis, then no antibiotic is needed and anti-inflammatory medication is all that is needed. If symptoms not better or worsens with treatment, i would suggest contacting doc again for re-evaluation/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more