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Testicular Pain Treatment

1. When to Seek Immediate Medical Help

See a health care provider or go to a hospital emergency room if:

  • Pain is severe or sudden or radiates into the abdomen.
  • Pain is accompanied by nausea and vomiting, urinary frequency or urgency, or painful urination.
  • There is swelling or bruising of the scrotum, or the scrotum or testicle is punctured.

2. Treat Symptoms

  • For pain, take over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).
  • For swelling, apply an ice pack to the scrotum.

3. Provide Rest and Support

  • The person should wear supportive underwear.
  • The person should avoid strenuous activity.

4. Follow Up

  • See a health care provider as soon as possible for mild pain.
  • The health care provider will examine the scrotum and testicles and may order blood and urine tests to check for infection.
  • Treatment will depend on what's causing the problem.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 21, 2013

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