A bleeding scrotum feels as unpleasant as it sounds. Unlike other open bleeding wounds in your body, it takes very long for the scrotum to stop bleeding, and this is what makes it uncomfortable. After getting your scrotum injured by shaving your pubic hair or any other related accidents, the bleeding is more likely to continue on throughout the day, or be passed on to the next day.
A bleeding scrotum is not complicated to cure. All the treatment really needs is a few first aid materials and a bit of time and attention. This article will introduce to you the steps on how to apply first aid on a bleeding scrotum, as well as more details of the injury.
Characteristics of a Bleeding Scrotum:
When the skin on your scrotum is penetrated, it is guaranteed that blood will gush out. This is because there are a lot of tiny blood vessels that rest inside the scrotum, and these vessels are fragile. A wound on the scrotum will not only affect one but several more of these blood vessels, which is why the bleeding takes so long to stop. Upon treatment of the injured scrotum, the blood may appear to have already stopped gushing. But in actuality, the bleeding has only lessened; not stopped. In this case, it is common for men to find spots of blood in their underwear coming from their wounded scrotum.
Common Causes of Bleeding Scrotum:
The scrotum is a thin sack of skin that hangs down the grown. Because of the way the male body is designed, the scrotum is not supported by any bone in the body, making it fragile and fairly easy to be injured.
The main cause of bleeding scrotum among teenage and adult men is improper shaving of the genitals. It is not hard to accidentally scrape your scrotum with a razor if one is not careful. Middle-aged men who are over 40 years old are more likely to injure their scrotum when shaving because of the condition, “angiokeratoma” – blackish lesions around the genital area.
Another cause of bleeding scrotum is blunt trauma. This is why taking a kick to the scrotum is never recommended. Not only does it hurt, but the force can also cause some of the blood vessels to rupture, causing internal bleeding in the scrotum. While not entirely serious if minor, a severe case of internal bleeding will require a doctor’s attention. Otherwise, a couple of rest and first aid can help with the injury.
Treatment for Bleeding Scrotum.
Treating a bleeding scrotum is simple and only requires a few first aid materials.
Step 1. Wash the wound – this step is essential especially when you had just finished shaving to wash off the loose pubic hair around the area of injury. This step is also necessary for the prevention of infection. Simply wash your testicles with running water. Another way to clean the wound is to dab a wet cloth on the testicles.
Step 2. Apply pressure with a towel – take a piece of clean cloth a press it against your testicles. This is one way to narrow the blood vessels and reduce the blood flow while clotting takes place. However, it is not guaranteed that bleeding will stop immediately when you do this.
Step 3. Apply cold compress – When the bleeding persists, your next option would be to apply an ice pack to your wound for several minutes. The cold temperature will constrict and narrow your blood vessels, and prevent inflammation that could be caused by the injury.
Step 4. Dress the wound – Because of the pressure and cold temperature, the bleeding should have stopped. However, it is not guaranteed whether or not the wound has closed, and bleeding is more likely to continue as you go through the day. Dressing your wound will prevent blood from spilling into your undergarments, and keep it safe from bacteria. Dressing the wound requires a band aid and iodine wound sterilizer (other wound sterilizers and ointments can be used, but iodine is best for its long lasting effect). Apply iodine on the wound and close it with a band aid. You may now go through the rest of your day with the wound dressed. However, you should observe the wound and change the dressing regularly.
In the case of the scrotum bleeding internally, simply apply cold compress on the area of injury. Make sure to apply pressure only on the skin of the scrotum, as directly squeezing the sack of skin could result in further injury. While the scrotum is still injured, the best thing to do would be to rest as movements could disturb and possibly damage the blood vessels inside. If the internal bleeding persists or if spots begin to appear on the skin of your scrotum, have someone deliver you to a hospital for professional care.