Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate. This can be caused by an acute bacterial infection, chronic bacterial infection, or non-bacterial origins.
Acute infections are the easiest to recognize as they have typical signs and symptoms of any bacterial infection, such as fever and chills. They also typically have referred pain to the back and abdomen and pain on urination. This can happen at any age. Chronic infections are similar to acute infection except they happen at a slower rate and the symptoms are not as severe. Non-bacterial prostatitis is the most common and the least understood. They may be asymptomatic, or symptoms may include pain following ejaculation, pain in pelvic area, or pain on urination. To help with diagnosis, The AUA Symptom Score questionnaire is used to give more information than symptoms alone.
It is important to determine what kind of prostatitis you have before treatment is started. To treat prostatitis, the protocol is relatively easy for the acute infections and typically require antibiotics. When symptoms are severe, it is important to recognize that the use of antibiotics is the best course of treatment. Naturopathically, probiotics will be prescribed during and following antibiotic treatment to help with gut flora health and prevent recurrence. The same is true for chronic prostatitis, although as symptoms are not as severe, anti-bacterial herbs may be used and probiotics will be given along side. For non-bacterial inflammation of the prostate, antiinflammatory herbs, food sensitivity testing and diet modification can help reduce inflammation and reduce symptoms.
If you have questions regarding prostatitis, go see your Naturopathic Doctor for more information.