What is it?

Prostatitis is a frequently painful condition that involves inflammation of the prostate and sometimes the areas around it.
The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that produces a part of the semen in men.
An inflammation of the prostate can be either acute meaning evolving and disappearing rapidly, or chronic that can come and go over a course of months.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Abscess of Prostate
- Prostate abscess
- Chronic Prostatitis
- Acute Prostatitis
- Prostatocystitis

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms differ whether it is a chronic or an acute inflammation.
Acute prostatitis causes pain, which may be severe, in or around your penis, testicles, anus, lower abdomen or lower back. other common symptoms include urinary frequency and urgency, fever, and a burning feeling or pain during urination.
Chronic prostatitis causes pain or discomfort lasting 3 or more months in or around your penis, testicles, anus, lower abdomen or lower back. It may also cause sexual problems and pain while peeing.


The doctor will take your medical history and perform a physical exam inducing a digital rectal exam to assess your prostate. Next, he or she may order a urine test to detect signs of inflammation in the urine, and a blood test.
If you have had symptoms of prostatitis for a long time, you might be referred to a urologist, a doctor who specializes in urinary problems.


Treatment is different depending on whether you have acute or chronic prostatitis:
Acute prostatitis will be treated with antibiotics and pain control.
Treatment for chronic prostatitis aims to decrease pain, discomfort, and inflammation. A wide range of symptoms exists, and no single treatment works for every man. Other than medication, your doctor may recommend alternative treatments such as warm baths, physical therapy, relaxation exercises and many more.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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