When to see a doctorBy Mayo Clinic staff
Seek immediate medical attention if you have:
- Groin pain along with back, abdomen or chest pain
- Sudden, severe testicle pain
- Testicle pain accompanied by nausea, fever, chills or blood in the urine
Schedule a doctor's visit if you have:
- Severe groin pain
- Groin pain that doesn't improve with home treatment within a few days
- Mild testicle pain lasting longer than a few days
- A lump or swelling in or around a testicle
- Intermittent intense pain along the lower side of your abdomen (flank) that may radiate along your groin and into your testicle
- Blood in your urine
If your groin pain is caused by a strain or sprain, these self-care measures may help:
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others).
- Place an ice pack or bag of frozen peas on the sore area for 20 to 30 minutes two to four times a day.
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