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What Is the Treatment for Prostatitis? continued...

Other treatments for chronic noninfectious prostatitis include the use of the alpha blocker drugs such as Hytrin and Cardura. These drugs relax the muscles of the prostate and bladder to improve urine flow and decrease symptoms. Other drugs that lower hormone levels, such as Proscar, may help to shrink the prostate gland in some men.

Some people may benefit from avoiding spicy foods and caffeinated or acidic drinks. Activities that aggravate the condition, such as bicycling may need to be eliminated as well.

Many cases of abacterial (nonbacterial) prostatitis (also considered chronic pelvic pain syndrome) respond to a mix of treatments that include exercise, myofascial trigger point release, progressive relaxation, and counseling.

Prostatitis is a treatable disease. Even if the problem cannot be cured, you can usually get relief from your symptoms by following the recommended treatment. Be sure to follow the full course any prescription you are given, even if you no longer have any symptoms. With infectious prostatitis, for example, the symptoms may disappear before the infection has completely cleared.

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Chronic Prostatitis?

Chronic prostatitis affects men differently, with varying degrees of discomfort or pain.

Prostatitis is not a contagious disease. You can live your life normally and continue sexual relations without passing it on.

Having prostatitis does not increase your risk of developing prostate cancer or any other prostate or kidney disease. But even if your prostatitis is cured, you should continue to have regular exams to detect prostate cancer.


 

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Reviewed by Charles E. Jennings, MD on September 12, 2013
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