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Constant and often painful erection.
This condition is almost the invariable result of sexual excess of some sort; it frequently results from masturbation, the direct cause being the irritation produced by too frequent local excitement. Priapism often accompanies disease of the brain and nervous system.
In cases in which it does not arise from the causes last mentioned, one of the most essential elements of treatment is mental control. Indulgence in sensual thoughts is one of the most common causes of this humiliating disease. The best means of local treatment are the local application of cold to the affected part, and hot fomentions applied to the sacrum. If the local application of cold is not effective, relief may sometimes be obtained by the hot douche or spray taken at as great a heat as can be given without injuring the tissues.