I had epididymitis a few years ago and went on a course of antibiotics for a month. It had eased up by then, but came back with a vengeance as soon as I stopped taking the medication. I went back on it for over 6 weeks, and that finaly took care of the issue.
I realise that I have not answered your question, since I did not resolve my issue at home, but just wanted to warn you that if your DH goes the antibiotic route, that it takes a while.
There may well be a natural remedy of some sort. I am clueless in that area. In my own case the pain was often a bit more than mild. As usual I waited at least a month to see if it resolved itself, as often that happens. However in this case it did not, so in desparation I went to the doctor.
By the way - totaly off topic - but I love how you describe the state where you live. I wish none of them paid for it. In fact I wish all doctors would abide by the oath they took when they became doctors and "Do no harm".
Oh thank you! You're the first person to comment on that! And I agree :) I support the practice in no way whatsoever, so I am really happy that my tax dollars, which I have no choice in how they are spent, are not going towards supporting it either!