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 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.





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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