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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is epididymitis?

Epididymitis is the swelling and inflammation of your epididymis, a tube at the back of the testicle that carries your sperm. Epididymitis is most commonly caused by bacterial infections, including sexually-transmitted infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Symptoms of epididymitis

  • Scrotum or testicle pain

  • Pus comes out from urethra - the opening when urine exits from

Questions your doctor may ask to check for epididymitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose epididymitis

  • Do you have pain in your scrotum?

  • Do you have pus coming out from urethra (the opening where urine passes through)?

Treatment for epididymitis

Epididymitis caused by bacteria are treated with antibiotics for 1 to 2 weeks. Men can also relieve their symptoms of epididymitis by resting, drinking fluids, applying ice packs to the area and taking anti-inflammatory medications for the pain.

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