Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate. It can be bacterial or non-bacterial. It can be acute or chronic.
Points to Remember
It is important to make a proper diagnosis because prostate cancer or bladder cancer can start as similar symptoms. Almost all these tests can be done in the office.
If it is bacterial prostatitis, cultures are very useful and long term antibiotics are sometimes needed, up to one month in duration.
If it is non-bacterial prostatitis, antibiotics are sometimes used but with much lower percentages of success. Other options are lifestyle changes such as:
- Cutting back on coffee, caffeine type foods, carbonated beverages, sometimes spicy foods
- Avoid long periods of sitting
- Hot baths
- Regular ejaculation, to help empty prostate secretions
- Sometimes prescription drugs, like alpha blockers, are useful to relax the prostate