Do I have Prostatitis?
Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate either as a result of bacterial infection or decreased immune or muscle related function. Prostatitis is an umbrella term that describes a group of disorders that have related symptoms. As many as 35 percent of men older than 50 have chronic prostatitis and about 50 percent of males will be diagnosed with prostatitis at some point during their lives.
Three of the four different types of prostatitis—acute bacterial prostatitis, chronic bacterial prostatitis, and chronic nonbacterial prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome – have similar symptoms, yet there are a few notable differences among them. Generally, symptoms include a strong urge to urinate, difficulty starting the urinary stream, a weak urinary stream, dribbling, frequent nighttime urination, and pain and/or burning when urinating.
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