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Hydrocele - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Hydrocele?

Hydrocele is a painless condition in male, which happens because of the buildup of watery fluid around one or both the testicles. This condition causes a swell in the groin and scrotum area. This swelling may look uncomfortable and unsightly, but generally hydrocele is not a dangerous disease. Hydrocele can occur at any age. It is also found in many male newborns, which disappears within a few days after their birth.

Causes :

In most cases the cause for this disease has remained unknown.

However according to doctors, hydroceles that occur during the latter part of the life may happen because of a surgery or an injury in the scrotum or in the groin area. It can also happen owing to infection or inflammation in the testicles.

In certain instances hydrocele can also happen due to cancer of the testicles or carcinoma of the left kidney, but this reason for developing hydrocele is most common in men who are beyond the age group of 40.

Diganosis :

Diagnosis of hydrocele is done by a physical examination of the scrotum. As a part of the examination procedure the doctor may shine a light behind each testicles for transillumination of the examined organ. This method of examining the testicles helps in checking for solid mass that may have caused the swelling, which if present, can signify cancer of the testis.

Since hydroceles are filled with fluid, so in absence of any solid mass inside the testicles, the transillumination technique will allow the light to pass through the swelling. Sometimes when solid mass is detected inside the testicles of a hydrocele patient, the doctor can advise for an ultrasound for a better understanding of the related cause for the swelling in the groin area.

As hydrocele is not dangerous, it is only treated when there is pain in the affected area. Treatment is not needed if the size of the hydrocele do not change in size and become larger with passage of time, since in most cases even without medications, hydroceles gets smaller after a certain period of time, as the body reabsorbs the fluid.

However, it has been observed that hydrocele in men who are beyond the age of 65 do not usually go away on its own. In such cases, doctors may aspirate the fluid from the hydrocele using an aspiration needle or do a hydrocelectomy (surgical removal of the hydrocele) as per the severity of the disease.It’s best to visit an urologist or an andrologist if you find that you are suffering from this disease.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Swollen testicles Testicular pain or discomfort

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Can Genital Tract Infections Lead to Infertility?

Gynaecologist, Delhi
Can Genital Tract Infections Lead to Infertility?

Disregarding genital tract infections and issues including the symptoms of the same can lead to problems when it comes to fertility. It may also cause problems in your sexual life. Genital problems can also lead to infertility. These days, infertility is a noteworthy and very important occurrence that plagues many couples.

Common Infections: A large portion of these genital tract diseases occurs because of infections. Salpingitis happens in close to 15% of ladies in their reproductive age and 2.5% of all ladies get to be infertile as an aftereffect of salpingitis by age 35. Many times, symptoms of conditions and STDs like Chlamydia  trachomatis trachomatis are usually nonexistent. The real rate of ladies with upper genital tract infections is presumably underestimated.

Infection and Infertility: Infectious agents can hinder different vital human functions, including reproduction. Bacteria, fungi, infections and viruses can meddle with the reproductive capacity in both genders. Diseases of male genito-urinary tract represent around 15% of the instance of male infertility. Diseases can influence distinctive areas of the male regenerative tract, for example, the testis, epididymis and male sex organs and glands. Urogenital diseases at various levels of their advancement, development and transport can affect the sperms themselves in this manner. Among the most widely recognized microorganisms required for sexually transmitted diseases, meddling with male fertility are Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea.

Symptoms: If the following symptoms of a genital tract infection are ignored, it can definitely lead to the person being infertile in some stage of life or immediately. These are as follows:

The signs and symptoms in males are

  1. Changes in the way you discharge
  2. Bleeding while urinating or discharge
  3. Thick white, yellow or green release from the tip of the penis along with pain in urethra or pain while urinating
  4. A hard but painless sore on the penis along with swelling of the lymph hubs in the crotch
  5. Pain or uneasiness while urinating or discharge from the urethra
  6. Difficult or irritated red spots and small blisters on the penis
  7. Chestnut bits on the hair around the penis
  8. Gentle delicacy around one of the testicles
  9. Delicate swelling in the scrotum on one or both sides
  10. Extreme pain after injury to your penis

The signs and symptoms in women are as follows:

  1. Irregular vaginal discharge with a pungent smell
  2. Burning sensation while urinating
  3. Tingling or itching in the outer area of vagina
  4. Uneasiness and pain during sex
  5. Sore vagina
  6. Foamy greenish-yellow discharge with a foul smell
  7. Light bleeding after intercourse
  8. Warts in the vagina

Regular check-ups and visits to the gynecologist are very essential. One should always keep the partner updated about their sexual health problems to practice a healthy and honest relationship and to avoid further contagious infections from occurring.

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Hydrocele in Children - Can it Be Treated?

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
Hydrocele in Children -  Can it Be Treated?

Sometimes, the groin and scrotum swell due to the buildup of water like fluid in one or both the testicles. This is known as hydrocele. This condition is not at all painful, but can be uncomfortable at times. In newborn babies, there is an opening between the abdomen and the scrotum; it naturally closes with the passage of time, therefore it’s generally nothing to worry about.

Symptoms of hydrocele:

  1. Scrotum can get enlarged at times

  2. Swelling and redness are common in hydrocele

  3. Also, pressure can be felt at the base of your child’s penis

  4. Pain doesn’t normally occur but in some cases, might occur as your child gets older

How does in occur in babies?

When you are in the last stage of your pregnancy, the baby’s testicles descend from its abdomen to the scrotum. So the fluid in the sac stays within the scrotum and the opening closes naturally after some time.   

Can it be treated?

This condition is not usually hazardous to health and is treated usually, if there is immense pain. It can also cut out the blood supply; in this case, it has to be treated as soon as possible. If your child experiences such symptoms, you should take him to a doctor for a physical examination. During this examination, the doctor will shine light near the scrotum.

If it appears as a solid mass, then the assumption is that there is no watery fluid; hence, hydrocele has not occurred. There is a procedure in which the hydrocele is burst open with a small needle, but sometimes, it might relapse. In such a case, surgery is the only reliable option. These symptoms can also persist if your child is diagnosed with hernia. Hence, in such a situation, a surgery would solve both the conditions. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an urologist and ask a free question.

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Homoeopathic Medicines For Hydrocele

Homeopath, Faridabad
Homoeopathic Medicines For Hydrocele

Homoeopathic medicine for hydrocele

Arnica and conium – best homeopathic medicines for hydrocele caused by injury:

The best homeopathic medicines for hydrocele caused by injury are arnica and conium. Hydrocele caused by blows, falls, contusions, accidents, and trauma all respond very well to homeopathic medicine arnica. Arnica is indicated for hydrocele caused by trauma of both recent and remote origin. The testicles get swollen and take on a bluish-red appearance in cases where arnica will prove the most effective among homeopathic medicines for hydrocele. The condition is further characterised by marked sore, aching and bruised pain. Homeopathic medicine conium is helpful in hydrocele of traumatic origin, with sharp, cutting pains in the scrotum, testes and spermatic cord making it one of the popular homeopathic medicines for hydrocele.

Berberis vulgaris, nux vomica and clematis – effective homeopathic medicines for hydrocele with pain:
Helpful homeopathic medicines for hydrocele with pain are berberis vulgaris, nux vomica and clematis. Berberis vulgaris is helpful for hydrocele with smarting, burning type of pain. It is also indicated for stitching pain in the testicles and scrotum from hydrocele. Nux vomica is considered one of the most appropriate homeopathic medicines for hydrocele with drawing, sharp or constricting pain while clematis is one of the best homeopathic medicines for hydrocele with bruised, burning and sore pain in testicles. The pain may extend from the testicles to abdomen in certain cases.

Clematis and rhododendron – top rated homeopathic medicines for hydrocele, right and left sided

Clematis is one of the most effective homeopathic medicines for hydrocele of the right side. A person in need of homeopathic medicine clematis experiences bruised pain in the scrotum and testes. Burning pain and soreness may also be felt in the testes and spermatic cord. Pain from the testes may extend to the abdomen. To treat hydrocele of the left side, rhododendron is an excellent choice among homeopathic medicines for hydrocele. Rhododendron is indicated when the left testicle is swollen and painful. Drawing, contusive or crushed pain is felt in the testicle on the left side. Pain from the testicle may extend to the thighs or abdomen.
Abrotanum, pulsatilla and rhododendron – top homeopathic medicines for hydrocele which is congenital

The most wonderful homeopathic medicines for hydrocele where the condition is present from birth are abrotanum, pulsatilla and rhododendron. All three are extremely effective and capable to treating congenital hydrocele. These medicines are of natural origin and entirely safe for use among children.

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Low Sperm Density - Homeopathic Medicines That Are Good For You!

Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Low Sperm Density - Homeopathic Medicines That Are Good For You!

A low sperm count is known as oligospermia. It is one of the significant causes bringing about infertility in men. Low sperm count is a common issue these days and can be handled with homeopathic solutions. Yet, one must remember that these solutions will have to be prescribed by a doctor.

Homeopathic treatment is a ray of hope for patients with low sperm count when compared with conventional treatments. It follows a non intrusive and holistic approach to deal with the recovery by treating the symptoms as well as the root cause of this type of problem. Homeopathic solutions for low sperm count can be altered to address the particular triggers or physiological components at play in every individual case. Some of the most effective solutions for homeopathy are as follows:

  1. Homeopathic medications for low sperm count with orchitis (aggravation of the testicles): The best homeopathic medications for low sperm count with inflamed testicles are conium, staphysagria and rhododendron. Conium is chosen when there is swelling and enlargement of the testicles. A razor sharp pain is felt in the testicles. The testicles are additionally indurated and solidified.
  2. Homeopathic solutions for low sperm count caused by hydroceleAurum met, Rhododendron and Iodum are brilliant homeopathic prescriptions for low sperm count caused by hydrocele. Apart from hydrocele, high sex drive and night time problems are additionally present.
  3. Homeopathic prescriptions for low sperm count with reduced sexual power (erectile dysfunction): Homeopathic prescriptions like agnus castus, caladium and selenium offer the best treatment for low sperm count that come with reduced sexual power in guys. Agnus castus is an unmistakable solution for low sperm count with diminished sexual drive. In such a situation, there is weakness and fatigue to accomplish erections and the privates are casual, wilted, chilly and limp.
  4. Homeopathic treatment for low sperm count with varicocele: Other homeopathic prescriptions for low sperm count accompanied with varicocele are arnica, aurum met, hamamelis and acid phos. All these are normal solutions for enhancing the sperm number when varicocele is the cause.
  5. Homeopathic meds for low sperm count with a medical history of semen loss: Homeopathic medicines like elenium, acid phos and staphysagria are used for oligospermia with a background marked by over the top seminal misfortune. They are considered where a man is has automatic seminal discharges during rest, urination and stools.

The greatest advantage of homeopathic drugs for low sperm count is that they are common solutions that help in enhancing the sperm count as well as the sperm quality. These homeopathic solutions for low sperm count do not cause any harmful symptoms. They treat the condition in the most secure and most effective way. Homeopathic prescriptions work by treating the basic cause behind oligospermia. However, it is important that you consult a Homeopathic before taking any of these medicines, as the potency and frequency of medicine is prescribed by the doctor only based on each and every individual's condition.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am having testicle pain since last 1 month. My testicle ultrasound shows 1) cyst of 3*4 mm In the head of Epidymal on both testicles 2) Bilateral hydrocele. My urologist only gave me pain killers. please help even after 40 days pain is there.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DNB ( General Surgery ), Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery, Senior Residency Training Program (Surgical Oncology)
General Surgeon, Raipur
You don't need to do anything for the cyst. Use supporter for few days and see. You will need surgery for hydrocele if there is a significant collection.
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Hi, My boyfriend is 20 years old and his sex life is active. But in past few days, he did’t had a sex. My boyfriend’s testis dislocates from original position thrice in a two days. His left testis approaches to naval (stomach). And it bring up acute pain. Then he done with exercise and the testis reaches to original position.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear user. TESTICULAR PAIN could be due to epididymitis, or inflammation of the testicles, caused by the STI chlamydia. gangrene, or the death of tissues, as a result of untreated testicular torsion or trauma. a hydrocele, which is characterized by swelling of the scrotum. an inguinal hernia. I suggest you to consult a doctor for further investigation and treatment. Take care.

Hi, I recently done an ultrasound and got know that I have a varicocele grade I am confused whether I should opt for surgery laparoscopic or varicocele embolization or should I consult ayurvedic doctor also got to know I have a minimal hydrocele.

MBBS, DNB, Fellowship in Infertility
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Varicocele if not causing problems in daily life and not having infertility problems does not require treatment. See take precautions for further progress. See a surgeon for hydrocele. Do not go for Ayurvedic treatment.

I am 59 years old ,have pain in my right testicle and inguinal region, there is a small hernia but no intestinal protrusion ,ultrasound showed hydrocele and varicocele, what would be the line of treatment. I also had some skin infection in my testicles and other parts, I used to put steroids to treat it, so my testicles as well as penis has considerably shrunken.

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Diplomate of National board in Surgical Oncology
General Surgeon, Kolkata
Hi lybrate-user sad to know that you are victim of your self treatment. Well hydrocele and varicocele needs surgical treatment. Both can be done in one settling.

I got operated left side varicocele and I got hydrocele surgery I am facing now varicocele also on right And I am under going for surgery But one surgeon told me that will reduce the chances to have kids Is that true.

MS - General Surgery, mch pediatric surgery
Pediatric Surgeon, Srinagar
Varicocele is to b operated if it is symptomatic or size of testis on usg is less otherwise conservative treatment is enough. If you have to go for surgery then laproscopic vessel sparing paloma is the best.

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What is Hydrocele?

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