Epididymitis is inflammation and infection of the long, tightly coiled tube that lies behind each testicle and collects sperm (epididymis). Epididymitis can be caused by a urinary tract infection, a sexually transmitted disease, an enlarged prostate, or a urologic procedure.
Bacterial epididymitis is treated with antibiotics. Other treatments for epididymitis may include bed rest, ice packs, scrotal support with a jock strap, and pain medicine.
A person with symptoms of epididymitis should avoid sexual intercourse until he sees a doctor. This will reduce the risk of spreading a possible infection to his sex partner or partners. It is important for sex partners to be evaluated and treated for a possible infection.
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