Epididymitis Symptoms and Causes

Nov 14, 2014 0 Comments in General Medical Posts by
Epididymitis Symptoms and Causes

Epididymitis Symptoms and Causes

A common problem in men aged 19-35 years, epididymitis is the inflammation of the epididymis.  It is a common bacterial or sexually transmitted infection that affects the tube at the back of each testicle. However, it can also be caused by a nonsexual infection, including prostate infection and urinary tract infection. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are the common sexual conditions that cause inflammation of the epididymis.

Possible complications of epididymitis may include:

Reasons for Testicular Pain Image1. Chronic epididymitis

2. Infertility

3. Abscess in the scrotum

4. Death of testicular tissue

5. Fistula on scrotum

6. Acute pain

Epididymitis Symptoms

In majority of men, the most common cause of epididymitis is bacterial infection from the prostate, urethra, or bladder. In children, epididymitis might be caused by inflammation from trauma or sexual abuse. The infected individuals experiences pain and discomfort in the area of the testicles. In severe cases, the infected person may develop blood in urine, fever, or discharge from penis.

Common epididymitis symptoms include:

Low Secretion Levels in Men Photo

1. Penile discharge

2. Red, swollen scrotum

3. Pain, tenderness in testicles (usually on one side)

4. A lump on one of the testicles

5. Painful urination

6. Pain and extreme discomfort in the pelvic, lower abdomen

7. Painful sexual intercourse

8. Painful ejaculation

9. Blood in the semen

10. Fever

11. Swollen lymph nodes in the groin

Risk Factors or Epididymitis Causes

The epididymis is a long tube that stores sperm and gives it time for maturity. Since each epididymis is attached to each testicle, any infection of the epididymis affects the testicle as well. As a result, testicles can develop infection or become swollen due to infection. Testicular infection may cause inflammation in the scrotum, vas deferens, prostate gland, and urethra – all of which are interconnected.

You may show epididymitis symptoms if you:

1. have unprotected sex or sexual intercourse with more than one partner

2. use a urinary catheter

3. have any problems with the structure of your urinary tract

4. have undergone urinary tract surgery recently

5. have enlarged prostate, which causes bladder blockage

6. have had tuberculosis

7. use heart drug amiodarone

8. are being uncircumcised

Chronic epididymitis may last longer than six weeks. If you experience scrotal inflammation or pain or penile discharge, you should not ignore it and immediately see a doctor to avoid permanent damage.