What is the treatment for Chronic Prostatitis?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 15, 2012

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  • Doctor will decide the specific antibiotic for prostatitis.
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines help manage pain.
  • Alpha blockers relax muscle fibres.
  • Prostate massage decreases symptoms.

The inflammation of prostate gland is known as Prostatitis. An infection or some other causes can be responsible for this inflammation. Almost 10% of all males encounter prostatitis at some point in their lives.

Prostatitis can affect young or middle-aged men and accounts for nearly 2 million visits per year to outpatient urology practices in the United States.

The cause and type of prostatitis helps your doctor in deciding the course of treatment for your disease. All forms of prostatitis require supportive care, pain control if needed, and close follow-up with your health care professional. In certain instances, some individuals with prostatitis may require hospitalization. Treatment modalities may include the following:

Treatment for Chronic Prostatitis

  • Antibiotics: Your doctor will decide the specific antibiotic and the duration of treatment.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications: These can help manage your pain.
  • Alpha-blockers: By relaxing the muscle fibers around the bladder and prostate gland, alpha-blockers may decrease your urinary symptoms and help you empty your bladder.
  • Warm sitz baths
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods.
  • Prostate massage: In a few studies, prostate massage has been shown to decrease symptoms in some patients with chronic nonbacterial prostatitis.
  • Lifestyle changes: If you cycle or ride horses, it is recommended to suspend this activity until you improve.
  • Alternative treatments: Although there are many herbal preparations available, there is no current evidence that herbal remedies are definitely helpful with prostatitis.
  • Acupuncture: has shown a decrease in symptoms for some individuals suffering from prostatitis.

There are several potential complications of prostatitis, which may include acute prostatitis becoming chronic prostatitis, bladder outlet obstruction or urinary retention, infertility, and abscess of the prostate gland.

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