Prostatitis is a condition in which the prostate gland, located in the male pelvis, becomes inflamed. The prostate gland is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. Acute prostatitis is a sudden inflammation of the prostate gland that can cause severe symptoms, while chronic prostatitis is a long-term inflammation that may cause mild symptoms that come and go.
At VITALIZE, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of both acute and chronic prostatitis. Our team of expert clinicians is dedicated to helping patients with prostatitis find relief from their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Causes of Prostatitis
The causes of prostatitis are not fully understood, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including:
- Bacterial infection
- Viral infection
- Chronic inflammation
- Immune system problems
- Injury to the prostate gland
- Enlarged prostate gland
Symptoms of Prostatitis
The symptoms of prostatitis can vary depending on the type of prostatitis, but common symptoms include:
- Pain or discomfort in the lower back, groin, or testicles
- Painful urination
- Difficulty urinating
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Pain during ejaculation
- Fever and chills (in acute prostatitis)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention.
DiagnosisDiagnosing prostatitis involves a physical exam, medical history, and possibly lab tests. A prostate massage may also be performed to collect prostate fluid for analysis. The lab tests may include a urinalysis, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, and/or a culture of the prostate fluid.
Treatment for prostatitis will depend on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. In some cases, antimicrobials may be prescribed to treat a bacterial infection. For chronic or non-bacterial prostatitis, natural treatments such as herbal supplements, dietary changes, and stress reduction techniques may be recommended to help manage symptoms and promote overall prostate health. At VITALIZE, our naturopathic doctors take a holistic approach using naturopathic and functional medicine to treating prostatitis, aiming to address underlying imbalances in the body and support optimal prostate function through personalized treatment plans.
If you are suffering from acute or chronic prostatitis, don’t suffer in silence. Contact VITALIZE today to schedule a consultation and start your journey towards better prostate health.