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How to Cure a Hydrocele

Snr By Ariba Khaliq , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Mar 12, 2015
How to Cure a Hydrocele

Hydroceles are not usually dangerous and are treated only when they cause pain or embarrassment. You can treat hydrocele with some lifestyle changes at home. In case they don’t work, your doctor may consider surgery for it.

A hydrocele is a painless buildup of watery fluid around one or both testicles that causes the scrotum or groin area to swell. This swelling may be unsightly and uncomfortable, but it usually is not painful and generally is not dangerous. Although hydroceles are common in newborns, they can also occur at any age in later life.

Normally, this condition will go away on its own, but there are some steps you can take to help your body recover. However, if the hydrocele does not go away on its own within a few months, you may need to get surgery.


Lifestyle Changes to Treat a Hydrocele

Fruit Fast: A fruit fast can clear toxins out of your system and can be done for up to eight days. As the name of the fast suggests, during those eight days, you should only eat fresh fruit. You should drink more water throughout the day. You can have fruits in the form of juices or smoothies if you prefer to drink the fruit rather than eat it.

Staying Healthy: Though your fast can make you feel a bit tired, you shouldn’t give up on physical activity. Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Also, meditate to reduce your stress levels.

Constipation Triggers: When you are constipated, you strain to try and relieve yourself. This straining can actually make the swelling of your scrotum worse. Because of this, you should avoid things that will make you constipated. These things include alcohol, caffeine (like coffee or tea), and tobacco.

Curing Hydrocele

Using a Magnesium Sulphate and Glycerine Wrap

  • Mix magnesium salt with glycerin. You will most likely have to go to the pharmacy to get these ingredients. When you have them in your possession, place 3 tablespoons of the magnesium salt and one tablespoon of glycerine into a sterile bowl. Mix the two ingredients together with a sterile spoon.
  • Prepare the gauze. You will be wrapping your scrotum in healing gauze. You will need gauze that is 4 inches (10.2 cm) in width. Use scissors to cut a 20 to 30 inch (50.8 to 76.2 cm) piece of gauze. Once the gauze is cut, wash your hands with warm soap and water and then put on sterile gloves if you have them.
  • Apply the mixture to your scrotum. Stand in front of the mirror and use one of your hands to lift your penis so that it is out of the way. With your other hand, gently rub the magnesium salt and glycerine mixture onto your scrotum. The mixture will help to reduce the swelling. However, this will only temporary relief, so if the swelling does not seem to be going down, you should talk to a doctor about surgical procedures that could help you.


Hydrocele Cure

  • Wrap your scrotum with the gauze. Once you have applied the mixture to your scrotum, take the piece of gauze that you cut and gently coil or wrap it around your scrotum. If you find that its too difficult to do this while standing up, you can also lie down to put the wrapping in place.
  • Repeat this process every night. Some people prefer to perform this method at night because then they won’t have to walk around with the wrapping on. In the morning, remove the gauze and then repeat this process the next night. If a rash of any kind develops, remove the wrapping and wipe away the magnesium mixture right away. Do not do this method again.

For smaller hydroceles that are causing strife, you can have a surgeon perform the Lord’s plication procedure. During the procedure, you will be given general anesthesia. The surgeon will then make a small cut in your scrotum so that your tunica vagisalis sac is exposed so that all of the fluid in the hydrocele can be drained out. You will then get stitches and on your way to normalcy.

If your scrotum begins to swell rapidly, see a doctor immediately.

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