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How Do You Get Epididymitis
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
I was diagnosed with epididymitis 3 days ago. Its hard for me to get an erection. Will I be back to normal after medication?
County hospital: Unfortunately, antibiotics are required for improvement. If you want to maintain fertility, best to see a doctor. Home remedies such as elevation of the scrotum and cold compresses applied regularly to the scrotum may relieve the pain. County hospitals tend to be less expensive and help the uninsured. ...Read more
What do you do if you have a severe flare up of pain from chronic epididymitis and cannot get ahold of your urologist?
Go to ER: If having a severe flare up of pain, you need to be seen. You can go to your er and also have them contact the doctor on call for your urologist. The pain may or may not be related to your previous complaint -- and there are some very urgent other causes for testicular pain. Be safe. ...Read more
What are the tests for epididymitis and the best medicines for treatment? How long will it take to get rid of epididymitis? If left untreated then?
Exam : The best way to diagnose is by physical examination. It is treated with long courses of antibiotics. ...Read more
Not necessarily: One can have infection in the genital organs anywhere from the testicle, the epididymus, the tube, the seminal vesicles, the prostate, the urethra or elsewhere and still have live and potent sperm. Certainly in a localized area such as the epididymus, some sperm may die due to the surrounding infection. Interesting question! ...Read more
Very unlikely...: Epididymitis in the young is still most commonly caused by STD-related urethritis retrogradely extending from vas deferens to the epididymis. Washing and soacking in dirty water alone would not cause epididymitis, but poses some risk to contract certain bacterial or parasitic infection although luckily our natural barrier & systemic defense mechanism in generally healthy persons have enough power. ...Read more
Do majority of people get cured for life with epididymitis? Or do a lot of them have to take antibiotics for the rest of their lives?
Most cured of it: Both infectious and non- infectious causes of epididymitis exists. Infections with bacteria include E. coli, chlamydia, mycoplasma, and others. In certain cases, ejaculation may make thing better by "clearing the plumbing"; in others, if may make thing worse (rare) but it's best to talk to your urologist. The use of a scrotal support will also help, since it minimizes stress from "tugging". ...Read more
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