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Epididymitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

What is Epididymitis?

Epididymitis is an inflammation of the epididymis, which is caused by an infection. It is a coiled tube at the back of each of the testicles, that generally stores and carries sperms.


Causes:

In most of the cases epididymitis is caused by a bacterial infection. Some of the other causes are;

  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) such as: Gonorrhea or Chlamydia
  • Testicles being inflamed, a condition known as Epididymo-orchitis
  • Trauma
  • Tuberculosis


Symptoms:

Some of the symptoms of epididymitis are;

  • Blood in the semen
  • Less commonly, fever
  • A swollen, red or warm scrotum
  • Testicle pain and tenderness
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Pain/discomfort in the lower abdomen


Treatments:

Some of the treatments for epididymitis are;

  • If this is left untreated, it can become an incurable condition. While allowing to a range of complications, such as Chronic epididymitis. The inflammation can become present tenacious, even if there’s no bacterial infection present.
  • Epididymitis can be treated with antibiotics. As it is usually taken for 1-2 weeks
  • Resting can also relieve the symptoms of epididymitis.

 

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