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Prostatitis can affect men of any age and it is estimated that 50% of men experience the disorder during their lifetime. Prostatitis is the most common urological disorder in men over the age of 50 and the third most common disorder in men younger than 50.
Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland, often resulting in swelling or pain. Prostatitis can result in four significant symptoms: pain, urination problems, sexual dysfunction, and general health problems, such as feeling tired and depressed. It is a condition that is ill-defined and somewhat hard to diagnose. Below we have identified signs of the different types of prostatitis.
The prostate is a reproductive gland located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It wraps around the urethra, a tube that carries urine from the bladder. The prostate produces most of a male’s semen.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis: The exact causes of chronic bacterial infection is unknown.
Chronic non-bacterial prostatitis: Researchers believe there are several triggers for the two types of non-bacterial prostatitis, including:
- Infectious agents
- Heavy lifting
- Certain occupations (driving a truck or operating heavy machinery)
- Physical activity
- Pelvic muscle spasms
According to content from the Prostatitis Foundation, to diagnose prostatitis, a physician will collect a patient’s urine and thoroughly exam his prostate gland. To check the prostate gland, a physician will carry out a digital rectal examination, which involves inserting a well lubricated gloved finger into the rectum to check for any abnormalities of the gland. The physician also may collect a sample of prostate fluid so that it can be analyzed.
Some physicians also may want to carry out a prostate specific antigen test to measure the amount of this chemical in a person’s blood. Both prostatitis and prostate cancer can increase a patient’s PSA level. A University study of African American men in Flint, Michigan also found a significant prevalence of prostatitis among participants.