Acute Prostatitis

What is acute prostatitis?

Acute prostatitis makes your prostate to be bigger in size than what it used to be when you attained adulthood. Your prostate is that walnut-like and small organ found at the basal part of your bladder. Women or girls don’t have a prostate. This prostate is in charge of releasing fluids into the urethra when whenever you ejaculate. This prostate can become suddenly swollen – like overnight! When this happens, it is called acute prostatitis. Unprotected sexual intercourse, surgical procedures, and genitourinary infections can introduce bacteria into your prostate. Bacteria thus happens to be one of the leading cause of this anomaly in men.

 

Symptoms of acute prostatitis

Serious pains in different areas around your reproductive organ are always associated with acute prostatitis. The following lists are more specific:

  • Chills and fever
  • pain in your pelvic bone
  • painful urination
  • blood-tints in your urine
  • smelly urine
  • decreased urine output
  • painful passage of urine
  • frequent emptying of the bladder
  • painful ejaculation during sexual intercourse
  • blood-tinted semen
  • painful bowel movements
  • pain just above your pubic bone
  • rectal pains
  • Genitalia pains
  • Testicular pain

 

Acute prostatitis

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Causes of acute prostatitis

The same bacteria that are responsible for the development of urinary tract infections are also responsible for the development of acute prostatitis. Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species and, Proteus species are the three bacteria commonly responsible for both conditions.

Certain STDs-inducing bacteria can also bring about acute prostatitis.

Other causes include:

  • Swollen urethra
  • Inflammation epididymis: The epididymis is tube-like. It joins the vas deferens to the testes.
  • Phimosis: This is the failure to retract the foreskin covering your penis.
  • Perineal injury: The perineum lies right between your rectum and scrotum.
  • Obstruction of the bladder opening due to bladder stones or even an enlarged prostate.
  • Urinary catheters used for cystoscopy.

 

Risk factors for acute prostatitis

Acute prostatitis shares risk factors with urethritis, UTIs and STDs. Common ones are;

  • A prolonged state of dehydration due to the habit of not drinking plenty of water.
  • Excessive use of urinary catheters.
  • Lover of more than one sexual mate.
  • Raw sexual intercourse irrespective of the entry route – vaginal or anal
  • Older than 50 years
  • Recent urinary tract infections.
  • Prostatitis history.
  • Genetic mutations
  • Pelvic injuries sustained from using a bike or horse.
  • Orchitis:  A state of the testes characterized by inflammation.
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Psychological-induced stress

 

Diagnosing acute prostatitis

Taking your medical history is the first way your doctor will begin diagnosis on you. He will later proceed to perform a physical examination on you.

A digital rectal examination (DRE) will then be done on you. This involves the doctor inserting his finger into your rectum! Oh my! But this wouldn’t be with the hands well-shod with well-lubricated medical gloves. Your prostate lies in front of your rectum. The doctor will feel your rectum with his finger. It will feel soft due to inflammation if acute bacterial prostatitis is present.

A DRE might as well require that a massage is done on your prostate by your doctor. The goal is to squeeze out some fluid out of it into your urethra which can then be collected for medical testing and analysis. The testing will also include looking out for signs of infections.

Your groin will not be left out at all. It will be palpated to find out whether the lymph nodes located there are tender and bigger than normal.

In addition to all of the aforementioned, further tests might just be needed to ascertain the extent to which your prostate has been affected. Such tests are:

  • Blood culture: This will be necessary to be sure you have got no bacteria in your blood.
  • Urine culture: The sole aim of this assessment is to be sure there are no blood cells, blood or even bacteria in your urine.
  • Urethral swab: Its aim is to rule out the presence of chlamydia or even gonorrhea.
  • Urodynamic assessment: This test is to find out whether you have issues emptying your bladder.
  • Cystoscopy: The organ of interest here is the bladder and urethra. The inner part of these two organs will be checked to see if an infection is present or not.

 

Treatment for acute prostatitis

If you’re having acute prostatitis because of some bacterial infection, you will be given antibiotics. And the antibiotics must suit the bacteria involved. You might have to take the antibiotics for nothing less than six weeks. In fact, it can be more than that if there are recurrent episodes of the infection.

For relief from discomfort, you will be given certain drugs called alpha-blockers. Examples include tamsulosin, doxazosin, and terazosin. These drugs primarily act on the muscles located in the bladder to ensure that they are well-relaxed. Once this has been achieved, you will experience minimal discomfort whenever you want to urinate.

Your pains can be relieved when you are given drugs that block pain-generating pathways. Good examples of such drugs that can be easily bought from the counter are acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

You can get reliefs from your symptoms if you can indulge in some daily activities like;

  • Avoiding bicycling
  • Wearing padded shorts: Doing this can minimize the impact of pressure on your prostate.
  • Cutting down on the consumption of drinks containing alcohol or caffeine
  • Low consumption of acidic and spicy meals or snacks
  • Sitting on a pillow: you could as well sit on a donut cushion if you have access to it
  • Taking warm baths

 

Long-term outlook

With adjustments in lifestyle and the right antibiotics, acute prostatitis will check out. It can return notwithstanding. This return can become more serious and last longer than the first. A return can be avoided with the right information obtained from your doctor.

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