What is Prostatitis?

Prostatitis is a general term used to describe a group of disorders that cause pain in the groin area. It is characterized by swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland. It is estimated that nearly 25 percent of male doctor visits may be attributed to this condition.

What is the cause of Prostatitis?

Both acute and chronic prostatitis are caused by a bacteria. Acute prostatitis occurs when bacteria from the urine leaks back into the prostate. Chronic prostatitis occurs when the bacteria does not get
eliminated and stays in the prostate.

What are some of the risk factors?

Any man of any age can develop prostatitis. However, there are some people who are more at a risk for it than others. Men who have engaged in unprotected intercourse, have had pelvic trauma, do not get enough fluids or have a history of bladder infections are at an increased risk for developing this condition.

What are some common Prostatitis symptoms?

Frequent urination and pain during urination are two of the most common conditions associated with prostatitis. People with this condition may also experience flu-like symptoms and pain in their lower back. Men who notice any of those symptoms should consult with their doctor.

Are there are complications from this condition?

Complications can result if this condition is left untreated. The bacteria from the prostate can leak into the blood and cause an infection. A pus-filled cavity can also develop in the prostate. Additionally, if this condition becomes chronic, it can lead to infertility. It is important to note that prostatitis has not been linked to prostate cancer.

What are some Prostatitis treatment options?

Antibiotics are usually the first prostatitis treatment prescribed. Antiobiotics work by killing the bacteria that cause the prostate to become inflamed. The patient may also be prescribed a pain reliever which helps relieve the discomfort of this condition.
Patients who do not respond to antibiotics will usually be prescribed a medication from a class called alpha blockers. Alpha blockers help relieve some prostatitis symptoms by relaxing the muscles around the bladder and the prostate. However, these medications do not come without side effects. Headaches and decreased blood pressure have been reported. A prostate massage is another treatment option, but there has not been a consensus on its effectiveness.