[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Prostate infection is one type of prostitis, a disease that affects men’s prostate and sometimes the surrounding areas. Patients can experience a great deal of pain due to the infection in the walnut-shaped gland, which is located around the urethra at the neck of the bladder and in front of the rectum, which produces a fluid that combines with semen and is crucial for men’s fertility. Inside the prostate are different lobes enclosed by an outer layer of tissue, and an infection in the gland may provoke further complications.

Despite the fact that prostatitis is the most common urinary tract problem for men younger than age 50 and the third most common urinary tract problem for men older than age 50, not all of the cases of prostatitis are related to prostate infection. Acute bacterial prostatitis and chronic bacterial prostatitis are two types of the disease caused by bacterial infection of the prostate. Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome is the most common type but it is caused by a microorganism, though not an infection, while asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis do not have symptoms.

Prostate Infection Development and Diagnosis

Prostate infection occurs when E. coli or other Gram-negative bacteria travels from the urethra into the prostate. Symptoms of both acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis may include urinary frequency, urinary urgency, fever, chills, a burning feeling or pain during urination, pain in the genital area, groin, lower abdomen, or lower back, frequent urination during periods of sleep, nausea and vomiting, body aches, inability to empty the bladder completely (urinary retention), trouble starting a urine stream, a weak or an interrupted urine stream, urinary blockage, a urinary tract infection (UTI) as shown by bacteria and infection-fighting cells in the urine.

The difference between the two types of prostate infection is that the acute type happens suddenly and lasts a short time, while the chronic type develops slowly and lasts a long time, often years. In order to diagnose the disease, physicians often analyze the patient’s personal and family medical history, and conducts a complete physical exam as well as medical tests like urinalysis, blood tests, urodynamic tests, cystoscopy, transrectal ultrasound, biopsy, and semen analysis.

Treatment of Prostate Infection

Patients who suffer from acute bacterial prostatitis are treated with antibiotics, but the treatment regimen depends on the type of bacteria causing the infection. Patients are also recommended to avoid or reduce intake of substances that irritate the bladder, such as alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and acidic and spicy foods, as well as to increase intake of liquids to urinate often, which helps flush bacteria from the bladder.

Patients with chronic bacterial prostatitis are also treated with antibiotics, but while the former need treatment for about two weeks, the latter are treated for six months. Men cannot prevent the development of prostate infection, but should be aware of the symptoms to caught and treat it early. If not treated, prostate infection may cause bacterial infection in the bloodstream, prostatic abscess, which is a pus-filled cavity in the prostate, sexual dysfunction, or inflammation of reproductive organs near the prostate.

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