Can untreated chlamydia cause epididymitis?

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Can untreated chlamydia cause epididymitis?

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answered Dec 5, 2023 by Crazytoaster (28,370 points)
Untreated chlamydia can cause epididymitis as chlamydia can spread to your testicles and your epididymis which are tubes which carry your sperm from your testicles and cause them to be painful and swollen.

You can have epididymitis for around 24 hours before symptoms.

In most cases it takes at least 24 hours to notice the symptoms of epididymitis after infection.

Your epididymis will need surgery if the epididymitis leads to an abscess and in that case it will require surgery to drain the pus.

You can treat the epididymis function and epididymitis through antibiotics and sometimes surgery in more severe cases.

The three types of epididymis are the head (caput epididymidis), body (corpus epididymidis), and tail (cauda epididymidis) which make up the three main regions of the epididymis.

The pseudostratified columnar epithelial cells (composed of principal cells and basal cells line the epididymis.

A swollen epididymis can be cancerous although only a small percentage of swollen epididymis or scrotal lumps are cancerous.

The majority of swollen epididymis are non cancerous.

Poor hygiene can cause epididymitis as it can lead to bacteria which can cause infections and parasites to enter your body and your urethra.

Epididymitis can be serious and if left untreated it can lead to an abscess which requires surgery to drain the pus.

Epididymitis can turn into an abscess if left untreated and if it gets worse.

HPV can cause epidiymitis as low risk and also high risk types of HPV have been detected in the person's epididymis and also the ductus deferens with nontuberculous epididymitis.

Stress as well as chronic anxiety can trigger epididymitis and increase the severeness of the pain associated with epididymitis and lead to recurring pain flare ups.

If epididymitis is left untreated it may lead to complications and further infection including an abscess that may require surgery to drain the pus.

You can get the bacteria for epididymitis through exchange of body fluids and sex.

Epididymitis will most often go away on it's own within 6 weeks but if not you may need to see a doctor.

Epididymitis can last for up to 6 weeks and most times it goes away on it's own.

Epididymitis is not an STD.

Epididymitis is a condition in which the tube (the epididymis) at the back of your testicles becomes swollen and painful.

The condition epididymitis is most often caused by an infection and is usually treated with antibiotics.

If your testicles are also affected, it can also be called epididymo-orchitis.

The epididymitis condition is less severe than an acute condition.

It can be intermittent, may require antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medication or may go away by itself.

The skin isn't swollen, tender, red, firm, or warm.

Some of the known risk factors for chronic epididymitis include genito-urinary surgery, exposure to STIs and past acute epididymitis.

However, a man without these risk factors can still develop the condition.

Epididymitis treatment involves antibiotics.

The most common medications include doxycycline, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

Antibiotic treatment usually lasts about one to two weeks.

The first step to treating epididymitis is seeking medical attention from a health care provider—this could be your primary care provider, an urgent care provider, or an emergency room provider.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia are the most common causes of epididymitis in young, sexually active males.

Other infections.

Bacteria from a urinary tract or prostate infection might spread from the infected site to the epididymitis.

Also, viral infections, such as the mumps virus, can result in epididymitis.

Acute epididymitis is a clinical syndrome causing pain, swelling, and inflammation of the epididymitis and lasting <6 weeks (1191).

Sometimes a testicle is also involved, a condition referred to as epididymo-orchitis.

Idiopathic scrotal pain and orchialgia can be misdiagnosed as epididymitis.

With a proper evaluation and careful physical examination, however, these entities can be distinguished from each other and a proper diagnosis obtained.

To check for epididymitis gently roll one testicle using the fingers and thumbs of both hands.

Feel along the underside of the scrotum to find the epididymitis that sits at the back of the testicle.

It should feel like a little bunch of tightly curled tubes.

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