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What is prostatitis?

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This is an infection or inflammation of the prostate. It’s not the same thing as BPH, though some of the symptoms are similar.

It can affect men from their late teens well into old age. Symptoms include:

  • Trouble passing urine
  • Chills and fever
  • Sexual problems

If you have recently had a catheter or other medical instrument in your urethra, you have a higher chance of getting bacterial prostatitis. Some STDs, such as chlamydia, may also cause ongoing infection and inflammation.

Treatment for prostatitis usually includes antibiotics.

SOURCES:

U.S. Food & Drug Administration website.

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer."

UrologyHealth.org: "Adult Conditions: Prostate," "BPH Treatment."

Urological Science Research Foundation.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on November 18, 2020

SOURCES:

U.S. Food & Drug Administration website.

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer."

UrologyHealth.org: "Adult Conditions: Prostate," "BPH Treatment."

Urological Science Research Foundation.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on November 18, 2020

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