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Testicle swelling

Overview of Testicle swelling

Testicular swelling, like pain in the testicle, can arise from several different causes, some of which constitute a medical emergency. Testicular swelling may be perceived when there is localized enlargement of a testicle or a more generalized enlargement of the scrotum. It may be one-sided or bilateral and may or may not be accompanied by pain and other symptoms.

Home Remedies for Testicle swelling :

In addition to receiving care from your doctor, they may suggest at-home treatment options, including:

  • using ice on the scrotum to relieve swelling, normally within the first 24 hours of noticing the swelling
  • taking an over-the-counter pain reliever
  • wearing athletic support
  • using a sitz or shallow bath to reduce swelling
  • avoiding strenuous activities

When to see doctor for Testicle swelling :

When it comes to testicular swelling, the first rule of thumb is that you should see a doctor when you notice the swelling and it concerns you, or if it the swelling or pain become uncomfortable. You should also see a doctor if:

  • You Feel No Pain: Pain or discomfort should accompany testicular swelling if you have an infection and often with buildup of fluid. No pain, along with a firm, swollen testicle, could be a warning sign of cancer.
  • The Swelling Is Not Going Away: If the swelling persists, it is likely a sign that you have something that requires medical attention.

Treatment for the Testicle swelling

In baby boys, a hydrocele sometimes disappears on its own. But for males of any age, it's important for a doctor to evaluate a hydrocele because it can be associated with an underlying testicular condition.

A hydrocele that doesn't disappear on its own might need to be surgically removed, typically as an outpatient procedure. The surgery to remove a hydrocele (hydrocelectomy) can be done under general or regional anesthesia. An incision is made in the scrotum or lower abdomen to remove the hydrocele. If a hydrocele is found during surgery to repair an inguinal hernia, the surgeon might remove the hydrocele even if it's causing no discomfort.

After hydrocelectomy, you might need a tube to drain fluid and a bulky dressing for a few days. Your doctor is likely to recommend a follow-up examination because a hydrocele might recur.

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