prostatitis usually begins with taking an antibiotic
for several weeks. If you begin to feel better, you may have to take the
medicine for 2 to 3 months. If you do not get better while taking
antibiotics, more tests may be done.
You may need to try more than one treatment. There isn't a standard treatment that works well for all men.
Antibiotics are tried first. If your symptoms
do not improve, treatment with these medicines is usually
biofeedback, or relaxation techniques may help reduce
stress that is contributing to the pain
Certain plant extracts, such as bee pollen extract (Cernilton) or quercetin (Prosta-Q) may provide some relief.1
acute prostatitis is aimed at curing the infection and
preventing complications. Acute bacterial prostatitis is treated with
antibiotics, pain and fever medicine, stool softeners, fluids, and
If you are unable to urinate or need
intravenous antibiotics, you may be admitted to a
hospital for a short time for treatment.
Most men get better quickly. Treatment (usually at home) lasts for 4 to 6 weeks.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis
chronic bacterial prostatitis is aimed at curing the
infection and preventing complications. Antibiotics are given for 6 to 12
weeks. Long-term antibiotic treatment may be needed if the infection
Infected prostate stones (prostatic calculi) can make the infection more
difficult to cure. They may need to be surgically removed.
Surgery may be needed if urinary tract problems, such as
narrowing of the bladder neck or urethra, are causing the
Surgical removal of the prostate (prostatectomy) for repeated infections is rarely used
and is used only as a last resort.
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March 12, 2014
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