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Prostatitis - Home Treatment

Prostatitis is usually treated with antibiotics and other medicines prescribed by your doctor. But there are some things you can do at home that may help you be more comfortable:

  • Take nonprescription pain relievers, such as aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or acetaminophen. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
  • Sit in a tub of warm water with the water just covering your buttocks, or try a sitz bath.
  • Take care of yourself when you have an infection. Get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids. This will make you feel better and may speed your recovery.
  • Eat plenty of high-fiber foods, such as fruit, vegetables, and whole-grain breads and cereal. And drink enough water to avoid constipation. Straining to pass a bowel movement may be very painful when your prostate is inflamed, so use a stool softener if needed.
  • Be physically active. Sitting for long periods of time can make this problem worse. But exercise, especially aerobic exercise, seems to help.2
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods such as hot peppers, chili, pickles, and salsa, especially if they make your symptoms worse.
  • Try stress management: deep breathing, relaxation, light exercise, and elimination of stressful circumstances. Stress and anxiety may make your symptoms worse.
Stress Management

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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