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Scrotal Pain

AMBULATORY CARE:

Scrotal pain

can happen at any age. The cause of scrotal pain can range from a minor injury to a serious medical condition. It is very important to seek immediate care if you have scrotal pain. The pain may be a warning sign of a serious condition that will need treatment. Without immediate care, you may be at increased risk for losing a testicle or being sterile (not having children).

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have any warning signs of a serious problem.
  • You have pain or swelling that starts or gets worse quickly.
  • You have skin changes in your scrotum, such as a dark patch.
  • You have a fever.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your pain does not get better, even after you take pain medicine.
  • You have new or worsening pain.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Warning signs of a serious medical problem:

Seek care immediately if you have any of the following:

  • Pain that starts suddenly or is severe
  • Swelling in your scrotum or groin, especially if you also have severe pain or are vomiting
  • Red or black patches of skin on your scrotum or area between your penis and anus
  • Blisters anywhere in your groin or scrotum
  • A fever

Treatment

will depend on the cause of your pain:

  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Antibiotics are used to treat a bacterial infection.
  • Surgery may be needed to untwist the testicle, or cord, or to remove dead or infected tissue.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Wear a support device, if directed. A support device, such as a jock strap, can help keep your scrotum lifted and supported. This can help decrease pain.
  • Apply ice to your scrotum. Ice helps decrease pain and swelling. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover the pack or bag with a towel before you apply it to your scrotum. Apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes every hour, or as directed.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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