What other symptoms might occur with groin swelling?

Groin swelling may be accompanied by other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, groin swelling due to an infection may be accompanied by fever, redness, and warmth around the affected area. Symptoms that may occur along with groin swelling include:

  • Conjunctivitis (if an infection has spread to the eyes)

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Loss of appetite

  • Pain or itching in the genital area

  • Painful urination

  • Rectal discharge

  • Swollen lymph nodes in the groin or elsewhere

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, groin swelling may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, are exhibiting swelling along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Bleeding symptoms, such as bloody urine or bloody stools

  • Change in consciousness or alertness or confusion

  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or shortness of breath

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Genital ulcers or blisters

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Increased or decreased urine output

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Redness and warmth in the groin area

  • Severe headache

  • Unusual rectal discharge

  • Yellow, pus-like discharge from the penis or vagina


What is groin swelling?

Groin swelling is a sign of fluid buildup or inflammation in the groin area. The groin area is basically where your abdomen ends and your legs begin. The groin is also called the inguinal area and includes your upper inner thigh, as well as the front area where your legs attach to your torso.

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What causes groin swelling?

Groin swelling can be caused by relatively minor conditions, such as a lipoma (a fatty growth) or small hernia that is not causing any other symptoms. Groin swelling can also be caused by a wide variety of infectious diseases that lead to swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin area. In some cases, groin swelling is a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition, such as testicular torsi... Read more about groin swellingcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.