What is Prostatitis?

What is Prostatitis?

Prostatitis is the swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland. The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland that is directly below the bladder in men. The prostate gland produces semen that nourishes and transports sperm.

Prostatitis can affect men of any age, but it tends to be more common in men younger than 50. Depending on what causes prostatitis, the symptoms may come on gradually or all of a sudden. It may get better quickly on its own or with the help of treatment. Some types of prostatitis may last for months or can become a chronic condition and keep recurring.

What Are Prostatitis Symptoms?

Prostatitis symptoms can vary depending on the cause as well as the individual. These symptoms may include:

  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating (dysuria)
  • Difficulty urinating, such as dribbling or hesitant urination
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Urgency to urinate
  • Pain in the abdomen, groin or lower back
  • Pain in the area between the scrotum and rectum
  • Pain or discomfort of the penis or testicles
  • Painful orgasms
  • Flu-like symptoms

What Causes Prostatitis?

This condition is often caused by common strains of bacteria. Any bacteria that may cause a urinary tract infection can also cause bacterial prostatitis. An infection may start when bacteria carried in the urine leaks into the prostate. Antibiotics can typically treat prostatitis. In some cases chronic prostatitis can occur. Immune system disorders, Nervous system disorders and an injury to the prostate can also cause prostatitis.

Exams and Tests:

During your regular physical, your doctor will be able to see if there may be a problem with your prostate. If you suffer from Prostatitis then your doctor may find an enlarged or tender lymph nodes in your prostate, fluid released from your urethra as well as a swollen or tender scrotum.

Prostatitis Treatment:

Prostatitis is typically treated with antibiotics. If you have chronic prostatitis you will just be on medication longer than if it was a one time situation.

Here’s how to care for Prostatitis at home:

  • Urine often and all the way.
  • Warm baths can relieve pain
  • Stool softeners can also make bowel movements more comfortable and less painful.

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If you or someone you know is having scrotal or prostate pain, they may need to consult a doctor. Call Urology Experts today. We are the leaders in urological care, diagnosis and treatment.

 

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