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What is epididymitis?

Epididymitis is an inflammatory condition of the epididymis, which is a tube that carries sperms from the testis to the penis. The epididymis gets irritated or swollen. This condition can occur at any age, but is most common between 14 and 35 years.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

Symptoms that usually occur include:

What are the main causes?

The most common cause is an infection due to C. trachomatis or N. gonorrhoeae, which often spread by sexual intercourse. Other infections that can cause epididymitis include mumps (a viral infection) and tuberculosis (a bacterial infection). In children, elderly men and people who engage in anal intercourse, it is usually caused by the bacteria E. coli. Some drugs can also cause epididymitis. Epididymitis may occasionally occur due to backflow of urine because of heavy lifting. If it is not treated, it can lead to accumulation of pus in the scrotum. It can also lead to fertility issues in men.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Physical examination is done to check for any tenderness or lump. Urine test may be done to identify any bacterial infection. Ultrasound may be ordered to further examine the scrotal area.

Other tests may include:

  • Complete blood count
  • Blood tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea

Treatment mainly involves the use of antibiotics based on the type of bacteria causing the infection.

Self-care tips:

  • Take ample amount of rest
  • Lie down with the scrotum elevated to relieve discomfort
  • Apply ice packs to the area, as tolerated
  • Increase the intake of fluids
  • Pain-relieving medicines help ease the pain

Preventive measures include:

  • Use of condoms during intercourse
  • Completely avoid lifting heavy weights till resolution of condition
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time

If sudden severe pain occurs, then it should be considered a medical emergency and immediate medical attention should be sought.

  1. Medicines for Epididymitis

Medicines for Epididymitis

Medicines listed below are available for Epididymitis. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
ResteclinResteclin 250 Mg Capsule14.0
TetlinTetlin 250 Mg Capsule0.0
TetracylineTETRACYCLINE 500MG CAPSULE 10S0.0
TetrastarTetrastar 500 Mg Capsule8.0
CortecyclineCortecycline Eye Ointment8.0
TerracortTerracort Eye/Ear Drops23.0
AtrocinAtrocin 1% W/W/1% W/W Ointment32.0
SBL Oleum animale DilutionSBL Oleum animale Dilution 1000 CH86.0
Bjain Oleum animale DilutionBjain Oleum animale Dilution 1000 CH63.0
Schwabe Oleum animale CHSchwabe Oleum animale 1000 CH96.0
Entakon MEntakon M 400 Mg/333 Mg Capsule0.0
EntakonEntakon Tablet0.0
LancetLancet 400 Mg/333 Mg Tablet0.0
MeklinMeklin 400 Mg/333 Mg Capsule0.0
MetroclineMetrocline Capsule25.0
AlcizonAlcizon 1 Gm Injection16.0
Ancef XpAncef Xp 1.125 Gm Injection117.0
CefadinCefadin 125 Mg Injection16.0
ReflinReflin 1 Gm Injection20.0

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References

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention [internet], Atlanta (GA): US Department of Health and Human Services; Epididymitis
  2. Cleveland Clinic. [Internet]. Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, United States; Epididymitis.
  3. Adrian Pilatz. et al. Acute and Chronic Epididymitis. European Association of Urology. Arnhem, Netherlands. [Internet].
  4. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: US National Library of Medicine; Epididymitis
  5. Rupp TJ, Leslie SW. Epididymitis. [Updated 2019 May 2]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Jan-.
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