Prostate Infection Treatment Specialist Q&A
At Mohamed & Associated Urology Center in Smithfield NC, Dr. Adel Mohamed and his professional staff offer treatment for prostate infections. For more information, call us today or visit us online to book an appointment.
Table of Contents:
What are the signs of a prostate infection?
What are the causes of prostate infection?
How do you get rid of a prostate infection?
How long does a prostate infection last?
The prostate is a gland unique to males that serves many functions, including the production of semen and the filtration of toxins from the semen. Like any other part of the body, the prostate can become infected, which is known as prostatitis. The most common symptoms of a prostate infection are unusual urine or semen discharge, difficulty passing urine, and pain in the lower back, hips, or abdomen. Some men experience more severe symptoms, such as fever, chills, excessive sweating, and fatigue. In some cases, however, a prostate infection is asymptomatic, meaning it does not present any symptoms.
Symptoms of a prostate infection vary depending on the type of infection, including acute bacterial, chronic bacterial, and chronic prostatitis.
Acute bacterial prostatitis symptoms include:
– Burning or pain during urination
– Nausea and vomiting
– Body aches
– Inability to empty the bladder
– Fever and chills
– Pain in the abdomen or lower back
Chronic bacterial prostatitis symptoms include:
– Burning while urinating
– Frequent or urgent urination
– Pain around the groin or lower abdomen
– Lower back pain
– Bladder pain
– Testicle or penis pain
– Trouble starting a stream of urine
– Having a weak stream of urine
– Painful ejaculation
Chronic prostatitis symptoms include the same symptoms as chronic bacterial prostatitis, but may also cause additional pain in the:
– Perineum (area between scrotum and anus)
– Central lower abdomen
– Penis, scrotum, or lower back
It can also cause pain during or after ejaculation, which should be addressed as soon as possible.
A prostate infection can have several different causes, but in many cases, the cause is unidentifiable. Most cases of acute bacterial prostatitis are caused by common strains of bacteria when bacteria in urine leak into the prostate. While antibiotics are used to treat the infection, if they do not eliminate the bacteria, prostatitis might recur and develop into chronic bacterial prostatitis.
Prostatitis not caused by a bacterial infection is often attributed to nerve damage in the lower urinary tract, which can be caused by surgery or trauma to the area. Furthermore, some cases of prostatitis can be caused by external, environmental, and psychological factors, including high levels of stress, operating heavy machinery, or other activities that expose the prostate to strong vibrations.
If a prostate infection is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria, antibiotics are used to clear up the infection. This is effective in most cases, but some forms can be more resistant and require other treatment approaches. Alternative treatment methods include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to ease pain, and alpha-blockers, to help relax the bladder neck, and muscle fibers adjacent to the prostate.
A prostate infection can last less than a week to several months, depending on the type and treatments used to remedy the condition. If a prostate infection is left untreated, it is unlikely to improve on its own; nearly every case of prostatitis requires professional medical treatment. The sooner someone receives medical treatment, the faster their prostate infection will go away. This is especially important for cases of prostatitis that do not respond to antibiotics; reducing inflammation in the prostate gland requires a professional evaluation and an exploration of various treatment options.
Mohamed & Associates Urology Center is dedicated to providing you with all of your prostate infection treatment needs. Our team of medical professionals can help you diagnose the cause of your prostate infection and find the most appropriate treatment option in your situation. Call us today to book an appointment with our prostate infection treatment specialist. We serve patients from Smithfield NC, Selma NC, Clayton NC, Princeton NC, Whitley Heights NC, Four Oaks NC, Pine Level NC and Kenly NC.