Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Swollen Scrotum Home Care

Home care for scrotum swelling includes:

  • Rest
  • Avoid heavy lifting.
  • Apply a cold compress for an injury:
    • Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
  • Apply warm compresses for swelling without injury:
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for mild pain.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Swollen Scrotum Pain

Common medications used for pain in men with scrotum swelling include:


Acetaminophen
  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.

Aspirin

Ibuprofen

Naproxen

Ketoprofen

NSAID Precautions

Swollen Scrotum Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have scrotum swelling and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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