Mumps that we usually know is swelling of the cheeks and neck area. Mumps or parotitis, or commonly called mumps in English, is a disease caused by a virus. Usually, mumps attack children between the ages of 2-14 years. But did you know that mumps can also appear in the testicles of adults? Wow! Why can mumps appear in the testicles? Is this condition dangerous? Can this disease cause problems in bed performance or even sterility? Check out the facts here.
What causes the mumps to appear in the testicles?
In medical language, the mumps in the testis are called orchitis. Orchitis is inflammation that causes swelling of one or both testes in the scrotum. This disease usually attacks men aged over 45 years and especially in people with neck mumps. One in four men who develop neck mumps will also get mumps in the testicles. Usually the mumps on the genitals will appear after four to eight days after you have a goiter in the neck.
The testicles are swollen, but I'm not mumps. What's the cause?
If you have not or have never got mumps in your neck, testicular mumps can appear independently. These swollen testicles can be caused by various things. Therefore, you need to know the cause of the swelling of your testicles and consult a doctor so that they can be treated properly. Various possibilities for swollen testicles even if they do not have mumps in the neck, including:
- Injury or injury. For example experiencing a traffic accident or exercise so that the lower body collides. In addition, if you have previously had a surgical operation in the genital area such as a vasectomy, it could be that swollen testicles are a side effect of this.
- The swelling of your epididymis is located behind both testicles. Usually this is followed by bleeding ejaculation.
- Occurs due to swelling in your veins or commonly called varicocele. Usually experienced by young men and occurs in one of the testicles (usually left).
- The inguinal hernia, or the weakened lower abdominal wall so that the intestine descends into the testicular sac can also make the testis appear larger.
- Testicular cancer can also cause swelling. This is what you need to be aware of. Early diagnosis can increase the chances of recovery by more than 90 percent.
What are the signs and symptoms of mumps in the testes?
Swelling of the testicles will cause pain. Other common symptoms besides swelling and pain in the testicles, including nausea, fever, and sometimes pain when urinating.
Orchitis can make the testes constrict. If this happens, the testicular volume decreases and of course sperm production will decrease. However, orchitis is not reported to have a direct impact on male fertility problems. The rate of infertility in orchitis patients is small, below 50 percent. But you should consult a urologist for more information about your condition and its side effects on your fertility.
How do you deal with the testicular mumps?
In most cases, orchitis will completely heal itself without causing complications. Swelling of the testicles will disappear when swelling of your neck mumps also begins to disappear.
So, generally these swollen testicles or mumps in the testicles are harmless. To reduce pain, you can compress the swelling with warm water and use comfortable and non-tight underwear that does not cause pain. You can take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. If the pain continues, immediately consult a doctor.
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