Understanding Prostatitis

Prostatitis is a very common medical condition affecting a great number of men. It has been categorized as an infection but there are also many cases in which there are no such signs. The most frequently diagnosed type is the one that causes only inflammation. Contrary to popular belief, prostatitis has not been linked to increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

Unfortunately, the symptoms are not always gradual. According to medical experts, a prostatitis patient can go from unnoticed to very intense symptoms in no time. The ones that are diagnosed in the majority of cases are the following:

– Sudden difficulty in urinating.

– Feeling of “burning” or even pain when urinating.

– Noticeable increase in the number of times a man urinates during the day.

– Sudden chills or even fever.

Men suffering from the condition have also reported feeling reoccurring pain in their groin and low parts of their abdomen.

The diagnosis of prostatitis is something that only a professional can do. First, the urologist performs a rectal exam during which the prostate is palpated in order to discover if there are lumps or any other type of anomalies. If the examiner cannot reach a conclusion after the aforementioned process, the diagnostic procedure continues with the urine analysis.

Treating prostatitis does not have a standard way of approach since the condition has different types, with each one requiring a different way of fighting it. This is why it is extremely important to correctly identify the condition.

Patients are usually required to follow one or more of these treatment options:

– Warm baths.

– Anti-inflammatory drugs.

– Drugs that cause muscle relaxation to relieve urination process.

– If the urine test indicates that there is a bacterial infection, the patient is instructed to take a certain antibiotic. Most of the times, the bacteria are eliminated after taking the drug for a period of 3 weeks.

The final option is a surgical procedure that removes the parts of the prostate that are causing the symptoms. This is only suggested in rare cases when all other methods have failed.

Most men are not willing to discuss their delicate health problems, especially when they have to do with their genitals. Needless to say, this approach is very dangerous since the symptoms of prostatitis, just like any other condition, can only get worse if left untreated.