Infection of the Epididymis Treatment
Treatment for epididymitis usually includes rest, cold compresses, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
Treatment for epididymitis includes:
- Bed rest:
- Scrotal support
- Reduction in physical activity
- Cold compresses to scrotum
- Tub baths
- Antibiotics for acute epididymitis:
- Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)
- Doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin)
- Azithromycin (Zithromax)
- Ofloxacin (Floxin)
- Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Septra, Septra DS)
- Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Surgery for epididymitis:
- To remove infected material from the scrotum
Infection of the Epididymis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of epididymitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Infection of the Epididymis Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat epididymitis:
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