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, fever, urinary frequency or urgency, or painful urnation.
- 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. He may also check for infection using a urethral swab or scrotal doppler ultrasound.
- Treatment will depend on what's causing the problem.