Prostatitis is an inflamation of the prostate, the walnut-shaped gland that sits below the bladder and surrounds the urethra in men. There are four categories of prostatitis: acute bacterial, chronic bacterial, chronic nonbacterial and chronic asymptomatic inflammatory prostatits.
Some common symptoms of prostatitis include:
- Urge to urinate often
- Stop-and-go urination
- Burning sensation with urination
- Pelvic, groin or low back pain
- Pain during or after ejaculation.
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Drinking plenty of fluids.
- Sitz baths
- Antibiotics. Usually taken for several weeks up to a few months, if caused by an infection.
- Alpha blockers. Medication to relax the bladder neck and relieve urinary difficulty.
- Anti-inflammatories. Medication to reduce inflammation.