Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Having epididymitis usually means you're experiencing considerable pain and discomfort. To ease your symptoms, try these suggestions:
- Rest in bed. Depending on the severity of your discomfort, you may want to stay in bed one or two days.
- Elevate your scrotum. While lying down, place a folded towel under your scrotum.
- Wear an athletic supporter. A supporter provides better support than boxers do for the scrotum.
- Apply cold packs to your scrotum. Wrap the pack in a thin towel and remove the cold pack every 30 minutes or so to avoid damaging your skin.
- Don't have sex until your infection has cleared up. Ask your doctor when you can have sex again.
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