Orchitis is an inflammation of the testes that most often occurs as a complication of blood born infection originating in the epididymis. Other causes of Orchitis include gonorrhoea, trauma, surgical manipulation, and tuberculosis and mumps that occur after puberty. In most instances, both testes are involved, and often sterility results. In Orchitis, unilateral involvement does not cause sterility. Sign and symptoms of Orchitis include sudden scrotal pain with pain radiating to the inguinal canal, scrotal edema, chills, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Treatment includes bed rest, scrotal support, and ice to the area.
Causes of Orchitis
Caused by bacterial, viral, spirochetal, or parasitic organisms. Micro-organisms may reach the testes through the blood, lymphatic system, or, more commonly, by traveling through the urethra, vas deferens, and epididymitis in sexually active men. Causative organisms include Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, E. choli, Klebsiella, pseudomonas aeruginosam, staphylococcus species, and streptococcus species. A more common cause of isolated Orchitis is mumps. Orchitis develops in approximately 30% of post pubertal men with men have some testicular atrophy.
Sign and symptoms of Orchitis
– Scrotal swelling
– Tender, swollen, heavy feeling in the testicle
– Tender, swollen groin area on affected side
– Discharge from penis
– Pain with urination (dysuria)
– Pain with intercourse or ejaculation
– Groin pain
– Testicle pain aggravated by bowel movement or straining
– Blood in the semen
Homeopathic treatment of Orchitis
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat orchitis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat orchitis that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of orchitis:
Pulsatilla – Orchitis and epididymitis from suppressed gonorrhoea calls for this remedy. The testicles is retracted, enlarged, sensitive and dark red, there are dragging pains along the spermatic cord, and shooting down into the thigh. Averse to fat food, warm food, and drink. Eructations; taste of food remains a long time; after ices, fruits, pasty. Bitter taste, diminished taste of all food. Pain as from subcutaneous ulceration. Flatulence. Dislikes butter (Sang). Heartburn. Dyspepsia, with great tightness after a meal; must loosen clothing. Thirstlessness, with nearly all complaints. Vomiting of food eaten long before. Pain in stomach an hour after eating (Nux). Weight as from a stone, especially in morning on awakening. Gnawing, hungry feeling (Abies c). Perceptible pulsation in pit of stomach (Asaf). All-gone sensation, especially in tea drinkers. Waterbrash, with foul taste in the morning.
Clematis – gonorrheal Orchitis, or that brought on from cold, where the test-icle is hard as a stone and very painful, calls for this remedy. It especially reduces the swelling and sensitiveness. The test-icle are retracted, drawn p and sensitiveness and pressive pains in the spermatic cords, especially the right. There is much urethral irritation, and the pains are generally aggravated at night by warmth of the bed.
Spongia – hardness and swelling of the testicles, and it is suitable for mal-treated Orchitis when there is a squeezing pain in the testicles. It suits chronic Orchitis and epididymitis. The spermatic cords are swollen and painful, shooting pains course up the spermatic cord. In Orchitis it follows pulsatilla and Hamamelis.
Apis mellifica – if the hydrocele is increasing smoothly, associated with pain, soreness and swelling. Burning and soreness when urinating. Also suitable in Orchitis swelling with stinging pain is present in the upper portion of the scrotom. Apis acts especially on outer parts, skin, coatings of inner organs, serous membranes. It produces serous inflammation with effusion, membranes of brain, heart, pleuritic effusion, etc. Extreme sensitiveness to touch and general soreness is marked. Constricted sensations. Sensation of stiffness and as of something torn off in the interior of the body.
Bromium – great sensitiveness with intolerance of pain neuralgia; testicles are inflamed, hard, red and drawn up with acute urinary infection; acute Orchitis, indurated testicles with severe pain and feels worse on slight jar.
Gelsemium Sem. – suitable and superior for chronic Orchitis disease, which arises from a suppressed gonorrheal discharge or from exposure to a sudden cold and on getting wet; feels much heat pain with smarting at the meatus.
Hamamelis – this is a highly suitable remedy in chronic Orchitis and inflammation; there is a dull aching pain in the testis and spermatic. Testicles enlarged, hot and painful, has spasm with exquisite soreness.
Aconite – violent Orchitis; bruised pain testicles, which feel swollen and hard; painful fugitive stitches in gland.
Phytolacca – tendency to glandular swelling with heat and inflammation; painful induction of testicles and shooting pain along with perineum to the penis. Aching, soreness, restlessness, prostration, are general symptoms guiding to Phytolacca. Pre-eminently a glandular remedy. Glandular swellings with heat and inflammation. Has a powerful effect on fibrous and osseous tissues; fasciæ and muscle sheaths; acts on scar tissue. Painful induration of testicles. Shooting along perineum to penis.
Oxalic acid – terrible neuralgic pains in the spermatic cords; testicles feel as if crushed and heavy. Also burning in the urethra with pain in the glans when urinating due to an infection. Sense of heat. Confusion and vertigo. Headache, before and during stool. Pain in upper part and region of navel two hours after eating, with much flatulence. Stitches in liver. Colic. Burning in small spots in abdomen. Diarrhœa from coffee.
Belladonna – Orchitis, drawing pains in one of the testicles and spermatic cord; as if the testicles and spermatic cord, as if the testicles were drawing up in to the abdomen, with violent stitches. It has a marked action on the vascular system, skin and glands.
Nux Vomica – chronic Orchitis with the presence of constrictive pain in the testicles; pre-eminently, a male remedy and there is itching In the urethra. Renal colic extending to the genitals with dribbling of urine caused by an infection. Nux is pre-eminently the remedy for many of the conditions incident to modern life. The typical Nux patient is rather thin, spare, quick, active, nervous, and irritable. He does a good deal of mental work; has mental strains and leads a sedentary life, found in prolonged office work, overstudy, and close application to business, with its cares and anxieties. This indoor life and mental strain seeks stimulants, coffee, wine, possibly in excess; or, again, he hopes to quiet his excitement, by indulging in the sedative effects of tobacco, if not really a victim, to the seductive drugs, like opium, etc. These things are associated with other indulgences; at table, he takes preferably rich and stimulating food; wine and women play their part to make him forget the close application of the day. Late hours are a consequence; a thick head, dyspepsia, and irritable temper are the next day’s inheritance. Now he takes some cathartic, liver pills, or mineral water, and soon gets into the habit of taking these things, which still further complicate matters. Since these frailties are more yielded to by men than women.
Rhododendron – hard, indurated testicle, with tendency to atrophy and a sensation as if it were crushed; drawing in spermatic cord, extending to abdomen and thigh. Testicles, worse left, swollen, painful, drawn up. Orchitis; glands feel crushed. Induration and swelling of testes after gonorrhśa. Joints swollen. Gouty inflammation of great toe-joint. Rheumatic tearing in all limbs, especially right side; worse, at rest and in stormy weather. Stiffness of neck. Pain in shoulders, arms, wrists; worse when at rest. Pains in bones in spots, and reappear by change of weather. Cannot sleep unless legs are crossed.