This condition involves inflammation of the prostate. The prostate is a gland located at the base of a man's bladder.
The prostate is a gland located at the base of a man's bladder. It surrounds the tube that drains urine and semen to outside of the body. Prostatitis occurs when the prostate gland is inflamed. This inflammation can often lead to swelling, pain and other symptoms. The inflammation can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term). Sometimes it causes no symptoms at all. There are four types of prostatitis:
There are many causes of prostatitis, but the cause may not always be determined.
You should contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of prostatitis. He or she will ask questions about your medical history and do a physical examination, which will include a prostate examination (digital rectal examination). During a digital rectal examination (DRE), a gloved, lubricated finger will be inserted into your rectum to feel your prostate gland.
If you have prostatitis, treatment usually starts with antibiotics. Your healthcare provider may also prescribe a medication to decrease pain with urination and an over-the-counter medication for fever or discomfort. The following may also help ease your symptoms:
Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis does not usually require treatment.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of prostatitis.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).
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