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Prostatitis - is an inflammatory condition of the prostate gland which is not always caused by infection. It is extremely common, with up to half of all men developing symptoms of it at some stage during their life.
Types of prostatitis
Bacterial prostatitis occurs if a urinary infection secondarily infects the prostate. If it is successfully treated within a few days it is known as acute but if it persists it becomes chronic.
Non-bacterial prostatitis describes inflammation within a prostate gland without any evidence of bacterial infection (usually because it has been successfully treated, but despite this the inflammation persists).
Prostatodynia means 'painful prostate' and is characterised by the symptoms of prostatic inflammation but without evidence of inflammation or bacterial infection. It is also known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS).
Symptoms of Prostatitis
Complications of prostatitis
Investigations for Prostatitis
Nonbacterial prostatitis is diagnosed when tests reveal no bacteria in the urine or prostatic secretions. There is no test to diagnose prostatodynia; which is diagnosed after eliminating other probable causes.
Treatment of Prostatitis
- Warm baths.
In cases of chronic bacterial prostatitis or prostatodynia, surgery (TURP) to remove part of the prostate is a treatment option. It is only recommended for patients who experience chronic, debilitating pain despite medication and importantly does not guarantee a resolution of the problem.
Alternative treatments for Prostatitis
Prostatitis can be difficult to treat. Acute, chronic, or nonbacterial prostatitis are inflammatory and/or infectious conditions that can be treated naturally with lifestyle changes, nutritional support, and herbal medicine, in some cases. The key to this approach is the elimination of inflammatory agents from the diet while supplementing with anti-inflammatory nutrients, foods, and herbs. Naturopathic methods may be applied with antibiotics and may even improve their effectiveness.