Prostatitisurinary frequency and/or urgency; burning or stinging sensation during urination ... throbbing sensations in the rectal and/or genital area
What is prostatitis?
Prostatitis is one of several benign (non-cancerous), inflamed conditions of the prostate gland. Acute prostatitis occurs suddenly, with sharp, severe symptoms. Chronic prostatitis develops gradually, recurs often, with the infection lasting for prolonged periods of time. Chronic prostatitis is typically difficult to treat.
Who is affected by prostatitis?
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), prostatitis accounts for nearly 25 percent of physician office visits by young and middle-aged men for complaints involving the genital and urinary systems. Prostatitis is the most common prostate problem in men under the age of 50. Some estimates state that at least half of all men, at some point in their lives, will develop symptoms of prostatitis.
Prostatitis and other prostate problems are generally treated by a urologist, a physician who specializes in the treatment of conditions involving the urinary tract in both genders, and conditions involving the genital tract of the male reproductive system.
What are the symptoms of prostatitis?
The following are the most common, general symptoms of prostatitis. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
urinary frequency and/or urgency
burning or stinging sensation during urination
reduced stream volume during urination
rectal pain and/or pressure
fever and chills (usually present with an acute infection only)
lower back and/or pelvic pain
discharge through the urethra during bowel movements
sexual dysfunction and/or loss of libido (sex drive)
throbbing sensations in the rectal and/or genital area
The symptoms of prostatitis may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
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