Prostatitis is perhaps the most common prostate condition for men below the age of 50, although it can affect any man regardless of the age. In fact it is believed that almost 50% of all men between the age of 18 and 50 may experience at least one spell of prostatitis in their lifetime. Now you understand why it was long time coming addressing this common prostate problem.
Prostatitis is simply described as an infection of the prostate gland but it can also be used in some cases of an inflamed prostate. If you suffer from prostatitis, you may experience a burning sensation when passing urine, having to pass urine more frequently, fever and chills and most of the time feel tired. The good news is that, once you are diagnosed with this condition, you can commence treatment right away since the methods and meds are there to see you through it. The treatment can however be lengthy and this may be heartbreaking. It may take slightly longer for some to see an improvement in the symptoms but this is quite normal. Another good news is that prostatitis is neither connected to cancer neither does it increase the risk of developing prostate cancer in the future.
What are the Symptoms?
The symptoms vary depending on the type of prostatitis you are suffering from. There are many different types of prostatitis;
- Acute bacterial prostatitis (ABP)
- Chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP)
- Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS)
- Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis (AIP)
So depending on the type you have you might feel:
- An increase in temperature and chills
- Pain around the penis or pubic bone, back passage and lower back
- Feeling or being sick
- Pain during or after ejaculating. There may be blood in your semen
- Pain when passing stools
When passing Urine;
- It may be difficult and painful to pass urine
- You pass urine more regularly and often you have to get to the toilet quickly
- You have a burning feeling when passing urine
- You may feel that you are not able to empty your bladder completely
- You have to get up often during the night to pass urine
- You may find traces of blood in your urine
The condition is considered serious if you are unable to pass urine completely and you are required to seek medical intervention immediately. Your physician might recommend several tests including urine tests, Digital Rectal Examination (DRE), Blood test and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
Tips to Help Relieve Prostatitis
If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms it is recommended that you get medical attention immediately and start treatment right away. In order to makes sure you get well quickly, here are some of the tips that will help you.
- Fluids – take a lot of fluids to ensure you are not dehydrated and to help flush the bacteria in your bladder.
- Rest – it is important to rest enough. However, sitting for extended periods may make the soreness worse.
- Warm baths – taking warm baths may help relieve some pain around your penis and back passage and with pain in your lower back.
- Diet – try to avoid foods and drinks that may cause irritation to the bladder. Alcohol, caffeine, citrus juices and spy food may worsen the condition. Instead, take high fibre foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals to help prevent constipation.
- Passing urine – it is recommended that you try and empty your bladder as often as possible. Try to empty the bladder as completely as possible.
- Good hygiene – make sure you keep your body clean. Wash your hands before and after touching your penis. Keep the external of your penis clean to avoid bacteria travelling up your urethra.
- Safe sex – Using a condom may help prevent catching an infection during sexual intercourse. More so if you practice anal sex.
- Exercise – Exercise daily for good prostate and overall health.