How to Treat Epididymitis in the Wilderness

An emergency can arise when you or loved ones enjoy adventures out in the wild. Epididymitis is the inflammation of the testicle tube. Getting prompt treatment at a medical facility can be difficult due to remote locations. You cannot cure epididymitis in remote areas, but you can treat symptoms until the victim can be medevac'ed to a treatment facility or hospital. This article will tell you how to treat epididymitis in the wilderness.

Steps

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    Recognize the signs of epididymitis. Symptoms can include: redness and swelling of the scrotum, pain in the scrotum and abdomen (especially during urination or ejaculation) and fever.
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    Confine the victim to bed rest. He should only get up if it is necessary to do so because severe pain can occur with movement.
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    Elevate the victim's scrotum by folding a towel or shirt and placing it underneath his scrotal sac.
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    Apply cold packs or ice wrapped in a towel to the scrotum. Cold water can be used if no ice or cold packs are available.
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    Control the victim's pain and fever with anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
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    Give the victim enough water to keep him hydrated and reduce fever.
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    Call or get medical help as soon as possible. Epididymitis is usually caused by an infection that requires antibiotics.

Tips

  • Remember to keep the victim as hydrated as possible. This can be difficult. He might not want water, because it will cause painful urination with this condition.

Warnings

  • Prompt medical care and evaluation is needed to rule out testicular torsion, which is a serious medical condition the symptoms of which are similar to epididymitis.

Things You'll Need

  • Towels or shirts
  • First aid kit (if available)
  • Clean drinkable water
  • Cell phone or emergency transponder (if available)


Article Info

Categories: Men's Health | Outdoor Safety