Prostatitis affects 30-50% of males and is an inflammation which occurs in response to an infection in the body, and also when there is no infection in the body. Whenever it occurs… you know it.
The prostate gland is located under the bladder in men and produces semen that transports sperm.
- Acute Bacterial Prostatitis: This type is usually caused by strains of bacteria, resulting in flu-like symptoms of chills, fever, nausea and vomiting.
- Asymptomatic Inflammatory Prostatitis: Unlike the others, this condition doesn’t have symptoms and can be found by chance during other routine tests.
- Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis: This happens when bacteria is not gotten rid of from antibiotics and lead to ongoing infections that are difficult to treat.
- Chronic Acute Bacteria Prostatitis: Most cases of prostatitis fall into this category. This condition is not caused by bacteria and if often referred to as chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Symptoms can change regularly from severe to less severe.
- Pain in the genitals
- Pain in the pelvic area and groin
- Painful and difficult to urinate- burning
- Painful ejaculations
- Sometimes flu-like symptoms
Although prostatitis is most often seen in men 50 years old or younger, it can also come about from infection and strains of bacteria, immune system disorders, nervous system disorders, or from an unknown cause. If you have any of these symptoms, it would be good to see a doctor immediately.
- Being a young or middle-aged male
- Dehydration, not drinking enough fluids
- Having a bladder or urethra infection
- Having HIV/ AIDS
- Having unprotected sexual intercourse
- Injury to the pelvic area
Tests & Diagnosis
- Bladder Tests – Doctor checking how well you can empty your bladder
- Blood Culture Test – Blood in the urine is a sign of infection
- Urine Tests – Checking for signs of infection
Treatment | Drugs
- Antibiotics: This treatment is the most commonly prescribed one for prostatitis.
- Alpha Blockers: relaxes the bladder, neck and muscle fibers of the prostate, which helps reduce the pain of urination
- Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: these non-steroidal drugs can lessen the pain of urination
- Avoiding bicycling or wearing padded shorts
- Avoid prolonged sitting
- Limiting alcohol, caffeine, and acidic and spicy foods
- Warm bath soaks
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