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Prostatitis is the condition where the prostate gland gets swollen and inflamed. There are two types of prostatitis: Acute bacterial prostatitis, Chronic bacterial prostatitis.
Acute prostatitis is always caused by an infection, mainly a urinary tract infection where the bacteria enters and it always develops very quickly. When it does develop, the symptoms can be quite severe. Other factors that contribute to developing prostatitis are sexually transmitted diseases, HIV or AIDS, having urinary tract problems as well as a prostate biopsy.
Chronic prostatitis is not normally caused by an infection and the symptoms will come and go over a certain period, normally a few months. It is difficult trying to treat it as the exact causes are not known but a few contributing factors include, age (men between 30-50 generally suffer more), a history of prostatitis or other stomach conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.


The symptoms for acute and chronic prostatitis can differ. If someone is suffering with acute prostatitis, some of the symptoms include, the constant urge to urinate, pain while urinating or difficulty as well as not being able to at all. Someone may also start to feel achy and generally unwell and there could be blood in the urine as well as a thick discharge coming from the urethra through the penis.
Symptoms of chronic prostatitis can include pain in or around the penis and in the lower abdomen and back area. An enlarged prostate is a contributing factor as well as sexual problems such an erectile dysfunction.