Home treatment measures can help
relieve pain, swelling, and bruising and promote healing after a genital
injury. These home treatment measures also may be helpful for noninjury
problems. But if you think you may have a more severe injury, use first
aid measures while you arrange for an evaluation by your doctor.
Home treatment for a minor injury
Rest. Rest and protect
an injured or sore area.
Cold will reduce pain and swelling. Apply an
ice or cold pack immediately to reduce swelling. Apply the ice or cold pack
for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 or more times a day. A bag of frozen peas or corn
may work as a cold pack. Protect your skin from frostbite by placing a cloth
between the ice and the skin. After 48 to 72 hours, if swelling is gone, apply
warmth to the area.
Support. While recovering from a genital injury, wear jockey
shorts, not boxers, to help support the injured area. You can use a jock strap
if it helps relieve your pain.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.