Infections of the prostate, also known as prostatitis, can cause a number of symptoms. These symptoms include painful or difficult urination, cloudy urine, painful ejaculation, muscle aches, lower back pain, chills and high fever.
Prostate infection causes the prostate gland (the walnut-sized gland between the penis and bladder) to swell and become inflamed. Some men with prostatitis experience no symptoms, while others experience significant pain that impacts their daily lives. While prostate infection can lead to multiple uncomfortable symptoms, it shouldn’t be confused with prostate enlargement or prostate cancer.
With proper medical treatment, prostate infection can be treated effectively.
Who Is Most Likely to Experience Prostate Infection?
Prostate infection can affect men of all ages.
The symptoms of prostate infection can come on suddenly or develop very slowly over time. Some cases resolve on their own, while others get worse until the symptoms are unbearable.
What Causes Prostate Infection?
Any situation that introduces bacteria into the urethra can cause prostate infection. Several medical conditions can also make men more vulnerable to this condition.
Here are a few of the leading causes:
- Bacterial Infections (acute bacterial prostatitis is rare but serious)
- Physical Injury
- Nerve Damage in Urinary Tract
- Epididymis Inflammation
Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (or Chronic Prostatitis) is the most common type of prostatitis; it is recurring and can be asymptomatic or symptomatic. Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis won’t display the classic symptoms associated with prostatitis but lab tests may show infection-fighting cells in the prostatic fluid.
Long-Term Consequences of Prostate Infection
Untreated prostatitis can cause long-term health issues, including infertility, chronic problems with urination and even bacteria in the blood.
If you’re experiencing prostate pain, bladder discomfort, or general discomfort in your groin area, it’s best to seek medical attention and treatment immediately.
Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Care Center offers diagnosis and treatment for prostate infections. Contact us today to learn more.