Before we get to the topic of epididymitis let us first understand the word – Epididymitis.
Epididymitis refers to a condition that occurs in the “epididymis”. Epididymis is a part of the
male reproductive system. It is a long, coiled tube that stores sperm and transports it from the testes. It appears as a curved structure on the behind each testis.
By now you would have realized that epididymitis only occurs in males. Now let's dive deeper into the topic.
“Is it a viral infection? Is it a bacterial infection? Is there any cure? Etc.”
Epididymitis is a condition where the epididymis has an inflammation. This inflammation of the
epididymis is generally caused by bacterial infection or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
In certain cases, the testes are also inflamed along with the epididymis. Such a condition is
termed “epididymo-orchitis”. Very often, it is not easy to identify the cause of the condition and neither if the testes are inflamed or not. So, the condition is often referred to as epididymo-orchitis.
Depending on the duration and severity, epididymitis can also by “acute” or “chronic”. Typically,
if the condition persists for more than 6 weeks; it is said to be chronic.
The most common causes of epididymitis are STDs and bacterial infection. However, there are
other, less frequent, causes. Some of these include injury to the groin, twisting of the epididymis, tuberculosis, urine flowing back to the epididymis, anatomical imperfections and problems, kidney problems and bladder problems.
Epididymitis is not a very uncommon condition. As a matter of fact, statistically, about 600,000
cases of epidydimitis are reported every year in the United States of America.
The condition is normally caused by STDs and bacterial infection. This makes a large portion of the population vulnerable. Epidydimitis can affect any age group of males, however, people in the age group of 14-35 years are most vulnerable.
- Pain in the testes
- Aggravation of the pain in the testes when raised
- Inflammation of the testes
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Frequent urination
- Pain during urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Scrotum is swollen and feels warm
- Reddening of the scrotum
- Blood in semen
With few simple routines and practices combined with a healthy diet, one can easily avoid epididymitis.
- Drinking enough water and staying hydrated.
- Practicing safe sex.
- Circumcision reduces the risk of epididymitis.
- Regular exercise.
- Do not hold back urine for long periods of time.
The straight-up answer to this question is YES! It highly recommended that you do not self-
medicate after a self-diagnosis. Often times the situation is not the same as one concludes. Even if you have most of the symptoms mentioned in this article, it is still not conclusive that you