Prostatitis, an infection of the prostate gland, can be sudden (acute prostatitis) or recurring (chronic prostatitis).
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located below the bladder just forward of the rectum. A man’s urethra and bladder seminal duct meet and pass through it. The prostate produces 30 percent of the fluid portion of semen. In most cases the cause of prostatitis is unknown.
Having multiple sex partners without using a condom and bacterial infections such as urethritis and gonorrhea are urethra possible causes.
A course of antibiotics will be prescribed for four to 12 weeks to combat the infection.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AN INFECTED PROSTATE
- sudden fever and chills
- urgent and frequent need to urinate
- pain or burning during urination
- pain in the pelvis, genital area, lower back or the area between the rectum and the testicles
- discharge from the penis
- blood in the urine
- impotence, painful erections or ejaculations
- loss of sex drive
HOW TO RELIEVE THE PAIN
- Take hot sitz baths.
- Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. They can further irritate an inflamed prostate.
- Avoid spicy foods.
- Keep stress under control.
- Get lots of bed rest to help the body fight the infection.
- Drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day.
- See your doctor for treatment.