Chronic prostatitis is a widely misunderstood diagnosis. Causes of chronic prostatitis vary but can be divided up into categories—Category III B non-bacterial prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain being one of the toughest. Dr. Bahlani has specialty training in treating this type of prostatitis, which is widely misdiagnosed and mistreated.
What is the difference between bacterial and non-bacterial prostatitis?
Bacterial prostatitis occurs when bacteria enter the prostate gland and cause an infection. This type of infection usually results from bacteria entering through the urethra during sexual activity or from bacteria present in the urinary tract as a result of poor hygiene. Symptoms include:
- Painful urination and ejaculation
- Abdominal pain
- Tenderness around the prostate gland area
Treatment typically involves antibiotics, which should clear up the infection within a few weeks when taken as prescribed. Non-bacterial prostatitis occurs when there is inflammation of the prostate without any evidence of bacterial infection present. This type of inflammation can occur due to muscle tension around the prostate caused by stress or anxiety, without bacteria being found in testing and an examination. Symptoms are similar to those experienced with bacterial prostatitis; however, fever is not a symptom of this condition, as it does not involve a bacterial infection.