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matix7 asked in HealthMen's Health · 1 decade ago

Was diagnosed with epididymitis, but no antibiotics were prescribed?

Doc just told me to take ibuprofen.. is this normal? From what ive read antibiotics are usually needed, but she said no. This is painful.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Epididymitis often clears up on his own if acute, therefore many GP's now prefer to leave mother nature to do it's thing, rather than prescribe antibiotics as a matter of course.

    If symptoms persist then it would probably be wise to take a course of doxycycline or something very similar. If the inflamation is from trauma or unknown causes though (which it often is, even stress it starting to be considered as a possible cause) antibiotics will not work.

    Even when infection is present, the testicles are one of the toughest parts of the body to treat with medicine. Therefore some people require 2, 3 or maybe more courses of antibiotics before they start to see decent improvements. And even then, it can flare up again.

    Give it two weeks and if no improvement, go back and demand medicine.

    Source(s): Personal sufferer or chronic epididymitis for two years
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    Epididymitis Antibiotics

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    Antibiotics For Epididymitis

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  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on the cause of the infection.

    If it is bacterial then they will giv your antibiotics

    if it is viral or idiopathic then they will not work

    If you were having fever then it shows that you have an infection and you should get antibiotics

    Contact me if you need anything

    But you can start wrapping them in a warm towel, to help with the swelling and it will help with the pain to mobilize the fluid

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Antibiotics are needed if the doctor suspects in infection, otherwise three things are recommended: anti-inflamatory, pain killers & bed rest.

    Ibuprofen is both an anti-inflamatory & a pain killer.

    The bed rest is up to you.

    It's good news though, you could have had it worse.

    Good Luck & Get Well

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Did you level with the doctor?

    If you're sexually active, the epididymitis may be the result of an STD and antibiotics indicated. If not, then it's idiopathic, and her treatment is appropriate.

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