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Prostatitis

Prostatitis

Contact your doctor for any of the following symptoms. These symptoms are even more significant if accompanied with high fever and chills:

  • Urinary burning or pain
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Difficulty or pain when starting urination
  • Pain in your genital area
  • Pain with ejaculation

Doctors usually diagnose and treat prostate infections on an outpatient basis. If you develop high fever   with chills or a new onset of difficulty in urinating, go to a hospital's emergency department.

Self-Care at Home

Prostate infections have no therapy that could provide relief at home, except for over-the-counter pain medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). This will only help to temporarily relieve the discomfort until you are seen by a doctor.

Follow-up

Follow-up is very important to make sure the infection has cleared up.

Prevention

Activities such as bicycling, jogging, and horse riding may irritate your prostate gland. These activities should be avoided in men with a history of prostate infections.

Outlook

No evidence suggests that prostate infections increase the risk of  prostate cancer  .

  • Only a few men with acute bacterial prostatitis develop chronic bacterial prostatitis. After you recover, your doctor should evaluate your upper urinary tract.
  • Only half of the men with chronic bacterial prostatitis will be cured (70% in some studies). Relapses are common and may lead to psychological problems, especially depression  .

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