What is Prostatitis?
Prostatitis is a general term used to describe a group of disorders that can cause pain in the groin area when the prostate gland swells and becomes inflamed. It is estimated that as many as 25 percent of doctor visits by adult males may be attributed to this condition.
What is the cause of Prostatitis?
Both acute and chronic prostatitis are caused by bacteria. Acute prostatitis occurs when bacteria from the urine leaks back into the prostate. Chronic prostatitis occurs when the bacteria are not eliminated from the body and remain in the prostate.
What are some of the risk factors?
Any man of any age can develop prostatitis. However, there are some men who are more at a risk than others. Those who have engaged in unprotected intercourse, suffered 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. Men with this condition may also experience flu-like symptoms and pain in their lower back. Anyone with these symptoms should consult with his doctor.
Are there 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 develop in the prostate. Additionally, if this condition becomes chronic, it can lead to infertility. Although prostatitis has not been linked to prostate cancer, anyone who believes he is experiencing the symptoms of prostatitis should consult with his doctor for a proper diagnosis.
What are some Prostatitis treatment options?
Antibiotics are usually the first method of treatment. Antiobiotics work by killing the bacteria that cause the prostate to become inflamed. The patient may also be prescribed a pain reliever to help relieve the discomfort of his condition.
Patients who do not respond to antibiotics will usually be prescribed a medication from a class of pharmaceutical drugs called alpha blockers. Alpha blockers help relieve some prostatitis symptoms by relaxing the muscles around the bladder and prostate. However, these medications often have side effects such as headaches and decreased blood pressure. Prostate massage has been suggested as an alternative treatment, but there is no consensus on its effectiveness.