Prostatitis: Causes, Prevention and Cure for Men below 50
Prostattitis occurs typically in young men but not teens; it affects mostly men between the ages of 30 – 50 years. It is an inflammation or irritation of the prostate gland. The inflammation can be due to an infection as well as other various causes.
The prostate or prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland found below the bladder and in front of your rectum. It is part of men’s reproductive system. The prostate secrets seminal fluid that protects the sperm as the make their journey to fertilize a female’s egg.
Symptoms and Signs of Prostatitis
The symptoms associated with prostatitis can vary depending on the underlying cause or type of prostatitis.
There are four types of Prostatitis with their resultant causes and symptoms.
1.) Acute Bacteria Prostatitis: This is caused by a bacterial infection of the prostate. It happens as a result of bacteria traveling from your kidneys through your urinary tracts and your bladder to your prostate. This type of prostatitis starts suddenly and you symptoms such as:
- Trouble peeing
- Weak urine stream
- High fever
- Joint pain
- Muscle aches
- Lower back pain
- Feeling like you need to have a bowel movement
- Pain around the base of your penis or behind your scrotum
Once you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately because acute bacterial infection is very serious one.
2.) Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis: This is a recurrent bacterial infection of the prostate gland. Unlike acute bacteria prostatitis, it is a milder bacterial infection. It last longer. You can get infected as a result of urinary tract infection (UTI). Symptoms include:
- Painful urination
- Lower back pain
- Rectum pain
- An urgent need to pee, usually at night
- Pain during ejaculation
- Serious pain behind your scrotum
- Blood in your semen and release of semen at orgasm
- Acute urine retention as a result of urinary blockage
3.) Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic pain Syndrome: This is the most common as most of the prostatitis fall in this category. There is only confusion between this and other bacterial prostatitis because it shares the same signs and symptoms with them. But when test is conducted, no bacterial is usually present.
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome can be either inflammatory or non-inflammatory, depending upon the presence or absence of infection-fighting cells in the urine, semen, and prostatic fluid. Often Doctors are not fully sure of the exact cause of it. But research revealed that, Immune disorder, Stress, Nerve damage or chronic fatigue. The symptoms can come and go or remain chronic. The most common sign is pain at various parts of the body which last up to 3 months.
- Lower back
- Tip of the penis
- Lower abdomen
- Area between your rectum and scrotum
- Pain during ejaculation
- Weak urine stream
- Having to pee a lot – 8 or more times a day
- Frequent urination
4.) Asymptomatic Inflammatory Prostatitis: This type of prostatitis does not have symptoms unlike other ones, the condition is often diagnosed incidentally when a Doctor run a blood test to examine the health of your prostate. The dangerous thing about this prostatitis is that it can lead to infertility.
Causes of Prostatitis
There are number of ways you can get infected with prostatitis on a general ground, although, a particular type of prostatitis may have specific cause, in some cases, the cause of some may not be actually determine. Below are some of the causes:
- Bacteria that leak into the prostate gland from the kidney through the urinary tract.
- You can also get it from various sexually transmitted organisms such as Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, or HIV.
- Some organisms found in urinary tract infections, such as Escherichia coli. They also cause the infection.
Do I have the Risk Factors of getting Prostatitis?
The answer is yes if you are between the ages of 30 – 50.
There are other factors that can determine if you are likely to develop prostatitis. They include:
- If you have enlarged prostate gland
- If you just had urinry tract infection (UTI)
- If you have injury at your groin
- If you have HIV/AIDS
- If you always engage in rectal intercourse
- If you have had prostate biopsy
- If you have had a case of prostatitis
- Abnormality in the structure and function of the urinary tract
- If you have a recent use of urinary catheter
How can Prostatitis be treated?
Just like we say that prostatitis are causes by different factors, and that their symptoms depend on the type of prostatitis involve, so it is for the treatment. Treatment depends on the type of prostatitis you have.
There is little number of medicines or drugs that can be used to treat or cure prostatitis:
- Antibiotics: If the condition is caused by bacteria infection, you can take antibiotics under doctor’s prescription.
- Anti Inflammatory Medications: You can get any of the pain relief drugs from a pharmacy, it will help relief any soreness and swelling.
- Alpha-Blockers: These drugs will help in relaxing the muscle fibers around the bladder and prostate gland. You can take them to make peeing les painful.
- Urinary Catheter: You can go for this option in a situation where you can’t pee. A doctor will insert a flexible tube into your urethra to drain the urine in your bladder.
Surgery: This can be carried out on the urethra, but bear in mind that, surgery is not always a good option. It can only be done when every other alternative have been tried since so many risks are involve. Also bear in mind that, this can lead to Urinary Continence and Erectile dysfunction.
Surgery can make the situation worse if care is not taken – I have seen this happen in many cases.
Natural Home Remedies/Prevention
These are some other things you can do to reduce the risk and symptoms of Prostatitis.
- Reduce or avoid intake of alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods.
- Having regular sex and frequent ejaculation
- Get your prostate massage at least 2 times a week.
- Reduce sitting down at a place for too long, always stand up and walk around at intervals. Sitting down for too long add much weight to your pelvic bones and muscles.
- Do exercise to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
- Take Sitz baths: sitting in 2 to 3 inches of warm water can provide relief from your symptoms.
Please once you notice any of the symptoms, seek proper medical attention immediately