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Prostatitis Treatment in Charleston, SC

The physicians at Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC have extensive experience diagnosing and treating prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate gland. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions about prostatitis.

What is prostatitis?

Whenever you see “itis” at the end of the word it means inflammation. This type of inflammation is often due to an infection of the prostate, but this gland can swell for other reasons.

How common is prostatitis?

Prostatitis turns up in about 8% of all Urologist visits in the US. Prostatitis is generally quite painful, which is typically what will send a man in to see Lowcountry Urology before any additional symptoms occur. This pain is most often noticed during urination, ejaculation, or defecation.

What are the symptoms of prostatitis?

Symptoms of prostatitis include painful urination or a “burning sensation,” difficulty in urination, frequent night urination, urination urgency, painful ejaculation, groin pain, lower back pain, and others. If the infection is bacterial, most men will experience flu-like symptoms as a result of prostatitis. Another common symptom of prostatitis is bloody or cloudy urine.

How do you treat prostatitis?

After Lowcountry Urology has diagnosed a patient with prostatitis using a standard procedure that includes a prostate exam and additional imaging tests, they will begin to discuss treatment options for the patient’s particular type of prostatitis.

If the prostatitis is indeed caused by a bacterial infection then antibiotics should be able to effectively treat the condition in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to find a direct cause associated with prostatitis.

Individuals with prostatitis that is not caused by an infection are typically recommended to try a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. Most medications will aim to relax the muscles of the prostate, though antidepressants and anti-inflammatories are also frequently prescribed to help ease the patient’s discomfort. Avoidance of spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol has also proven to be effective in reducing pain caused by chronic nonbacterial prostatitis.

Sometimes doctors prescribe alpha-blockers to help relax the bladder neck and the muscle fibers where your prostate joins your bladder.

Detect and Treat Prostatitis at Lowcountry Urology Clinics!

If any of the above symptoms sound familiar to you, schedule a consultation with Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC today. Contact us to learn more.

Schedule a Prostatitis Consultation

If you are concerned about the health of your prostate or would like to explore additional treatment options for prostatitis with a specialist from Lowcountry Urology, please call our area office today to schedule a consultation with one of our talented doctors.

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