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Home :: Genital Contusion

Genital Contusion

Bruising of the skin and underlying tissues, of the external genitals of the male or female due to a direct blow. Contusions cause bleeding from ruptured small capillaries that allow blood to infiltrate skin; scrotum, vaginal lips or other soft tissue.

BODY PARTS INVOLVED

Genitals, including penis, scrotum, spermatic cord and testicles, or vaginal lips and clitoris, urethra, blood vessels and covering to bones (periosteum) in the pelvis.

Causes

Direct blow to the genitals, usually from a blunt object.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Local swelling in the genital area-either superficial or deep.
  • Pain and tenderness over the injury.
  • Feeling of firmness when pressure is exerted at the injury site.
  • Discoloration under the skin, beginning with redness and progressing to the characteristic "black and blue" bruise.
  • Restricted activity in the genital area in proportion to the extent of injury.

Treatment

Follow your doctor's instructions. Instructions are supplemental.

  • Keep the area compressed for 72 hours. Use an athletic supporter for compression for males sanitary pads for females.
  • Use an ice pack 3 or 4 times a day. Wrap ice chips or cubes in a plastic bag, and wrap the bag in a moist towel. Place it over the injured area for 20 minutes at a time.
  • After 72 hours , apply heat instead of ice if it feels better. Use heat lamps, hot soaks, hot showers, heating pads, heat liniments or ointments, or whirlpool treatments.
  • Use crutches for a few days to avoid weight-bearing if the contusion is severe and hurts worse when walking,

Home Diet

During recovery ,Eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid intake to prevent constipation that may result from decreased activity. Your doctor may prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements to promote healing.

Prevention Tips

Wear appropriate protective gear, such as a padded athletic supporter, during competition or other athletic activity if there is risk of a genital contusion.

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