Testicle pain is pain that occurs in or around one or both testicles. Sometimes testicle pain starts somewhere else in the groin or abdomen, and radiates into the testicles.
Sudden, severe testicle pain can be a sign of testicular torsion — a twisted testicle that can quickly lose its blood supply. This condition requires immediate medical treatment to prevent loss of the testicle.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have:
- Sudden, severe testicle pain
- Testicle pain accompanied by nausea, fever, chills or blood in your urine
Schedule a doctor's visit if you have:
- Mild testicle pain lasting longer than a few days
- A lump or swelling in or around a testicle
These measures may help relieve mild testicle pain:
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), unless your doctor has given you other instructions. Never give aspirin to your child without talking to a doctor first.
- Support the scrotum with an athletic supporter. Use a folded towel for support when you're lying down.
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