Epididymitis is inflammation of the epididymis. Males of any age can be affected. The causes can vary, but the most common cause is an infection. The treatment often includes medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers. Rest is recommended for relieving the symptoms.
The epididymis is the coiled tube located behind the testicles, and it is mainly responsible for the storage and transportation of sperm. Epididymitis is a condition when there is an inflammation in the epididymis.
Epididymitis mainly results from bacterial infections. The bacteria may infect the epididymis through the urinary tracts such as the urethra, bladder, and even the prostate. Therefore, if people have infections of related areas, the risks of getting epididymitis will also be higher. However, sexual contact is the most common cause of infection. In elderly persons the underlying cause is often a bladder infection or an infection of the prostate, which expand on the epididymis. In younger man sexually transmitted inflectional diseases, such as chlamydial and gonococcal infections, are the main causes. Besides bacterial infections, epididymitis can also be caused by an injury of the groin, bladder emptying disorders, or use of amiodarone, which is a type of heart medication that may inflame the epididymis. People with epididymitis may have symptoms such as blood in the semen, discharge from the urethra, groin pain, lump sensitive to pressure next to the testicle, pain during ejaculation or urination, and painful scrotal swelling. Typically the pain develops slowly over hours or days and will not appear from one minute to another.
The treatment of epididymitis will depend on its cause. However, medications such as antibiotic drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers can help to reduce the infection, inflammation and pain. In addition, people with an epididymitis are advised to have proper bed rest, elevation and ice packing of the affected area. This will help reducing pain.
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