a sensitive issue IntroductionMen are notoriously sensitive about their testicles.
After all, they are sensitive structures. But discomfort and pain in the testicles causes a disproportionate amount of concern to men, over and above their vulnerability and association with masculinity and virility, which is why they are still often referred to by many as their 'family jewels'. It is so that an optimum temperature for sperm production of 2 lower than the rest of the body can prevail, a fact that unfortunately makes them more susceptible to injury. But testicles are also sensitive in that men often find it difficult to talk about them. Any abnormality in this area is, for many, a source of embarrassment and coyness resulting in an inability to make appointments with doctors, a reticence to discuss the issue with friends, partners or relatives, and a potentially life threatening delay in the diagnosis and treatment of more serious problems. A recent spate of high profile awareness campaigns has highlighted the issue of testicular cancer, based on the fact that it is the most common cancer affecting young men in the 15 to 35 age group. The fact that this cancer is relatively rare and has a successful cure rate of 99 per cent if it is captured early seems to have escaped them. More importantly, so has the fact that testicular pain itself is a very uncommon sign of cancer. It oakley sunglasses usa online is a painless oakly sunglasses lump in the testicle that is more suggestive of a tumour. So, ironically, the presence of pain, excruciating though it may be, is in some ways a very positive sign. Any pain or discomfort in a testicle is abnormal and although many lumps that may be felt are benign, it is always essential to have them checked by a doctor, especially if they are painless. Common causes of testicular painThere are many possible causes of testicular pain, some of which are more common and some more serious than oakley zero others. There are eight main types that all men should know something about. 1. Direct injury Direct blows to the scrotum will cause that familiar nauseating dull ache that is characteristic of the condition. Any man who has ever suffered a knock in this area will remember the pain for a long time afterwards. Because the sensitive testicles are so vulnerable to injury, all contact sports should be played wearing supporting underwear or a jock strap. In cricket, a box should be used, especially when fielding near to the stumps or when batting. A hard cricket ball travelling at speed can otherwise cause considerable damage. Usually, bruising or swelling are the worst consequences of a direct blow. However alarming it looks, it will tend to blue oakleys settle within a few days with the help of supportive underwear, painkillers and warm baths. The bruising and swelling resulting from a normal vasectomy operation will also repair itself in the same way in a similar amount of time. Cycling injuries are not uncommon, not only from long distance cycling in restrictive shorts on poorly padded saddles, but in stunt riders slipping off the peddles and falling heavily astride the cross bar. 2. Infection Both the testicle itself and the epididymis are prone to infection with microorganisms. Inflammation of the testicle is known as orchitis, and that of the epididymis as epididymitis. When both occur together, as they often do, the term is epididymo orchitis. All cause pain in the area of the testicle, which is tender, swollen and hot to touch. Bacterial infection often descends from the urinary system leading to a typical infection that will normally respond to a course of broad spectrum antibiotics. The viral infection mumps is not an uncommon cause of orchitis in adult men who are not immune, usually affecting one side, but sometimes both.
Mumps orchitis is usually preceded by facial swelling due to an inflamed salivary gland just below and in front of one or both ears, and because viruses do not respond to antibiotics, the mainstay of treatment is pain relief and rest. 3. Varicocele, epididymal cyst and hydroceleVaricocele, epididymal cyst and hydrocele can each lead to discomfort around the testicle, rather than actual pain in the testicle itself.
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