The prostate is a gland found only in men, which
is located below the bladder, surrounding the urethra. It is about the size
of a chestnut. The prostate produces seminal fluid, which when mixed with sperm,
Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate
Men who have to have a catheter (tube draining
the bladder) are at a higher risk of developing prostatitis.
there different types of prostatitis?
Yes, there are four types of prostatitis.
Non-bacterial prostatitis is the most common form
of this condition. Unfortunately however, it is also the least understood form.
It can be a very painful condition, and can strike males of any age. While it
may be treated with antibiotics and other drugs, these may have only limited
Acute bacterial prostatitis
Acute bacterial prostatitis is a sudden severe
infection of the prostate caused by bacteria. It is the least common type of
prostatitis, however it is the easiest type to diagnose. Symptoms include pain
in the lower back and genital areas, chills and fever, painful or burning urination,
and a general feeling of being unwell. This infection may or may not be due
to a sexually transmitted infection. This form of prostatitis can usually be
treated with antibiotics.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis
Chronic bacterial prostatitis is basically a more
long-term form of prostatitis. It is usually associated with some underlying
defect in the prostate, and is quite uncommon. Symptoms can include pain in
the lower back and genital areas, mild pain on urination, and a frequent need
to urinate. Antibiotics alone usually aren't enough to combat this form of prostatitis,
as the defect which is causing it has to be dealt with first.
This is similar to non-bacterial prostatitis. It
can affect men of all ages and many treatments are ineffective.
this condition contagious?
No. Prostatitis cannot be passed on to other people.
it true that prostatitis can lead to septic shock?
Yes but this is a rare complication of prostatitis.
Acute bacterial prostatitis can lead to the spread of bacteria into the bloodstream.
This can result in septic shock. Septic shock is a full body infection which
causes dangerously low blood pressure.
is the outlook?
Despite treatment, the condition may be slow to
clear up and tends to recur.
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