Prostatitis Treatment Options

Many people suffering from chronic prostatitis are often prescribed a course of antimicrobial medication as treatment. Although this can provide quick relief for bacterial infections of the prostate, it does little for the more serious type of prostatitis that does not respond to standard doses of an antibiotic. Antibiotics often come with significant side effects including vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, nausea and fever and, for long-term use, can weaken the immune system. If you suffer from chronic prostatitis, you should really look into alternative treatments for your condition instead of relying on antibiotics.

For example, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs have been known to cause more severe side effects including irritability, gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, liver damage, muscle weakness, short-term memory loss and cognitive impairment. For this reason, alternative prostatitis treatment methods, such as herbs and dietary supplements, have been gaining popularity over the past several years. Studies have shown that a number of herbs can reduce inflammation while also reducing the level of inflammatory enzymes released by the body. These natural ingredients have been found to reverse and prevent many of the common symptoms of prostatitis including burning, itching, inflammation, swelling, redness and pain and they can even prevent recurrent bacterial infections from occurring.

Herbal supplements containing curcumin, a derivative of turmeric, have been shown in numerous clinical studies to reverse many of the symptoms of prostatitis. Curcumin produces anti-inflammatory enzymes that eliminate inflammation, pain and swelling. These results were recently confirmed in several clinical trials, including one conducted by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases. Other herbs that help reduce inflammation include grapefruit pectin, slippery elm, bilberry, grapefruit seed extract and red clover.

In addition to using herbs for herbal prostatitis back pain treatment, patients are sometimes given antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection that can be a root cause of chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Chronic bacterial infection can lead to inflammation of the bladder or prostate and symptoms include fever, low back pain, and a sensation that urine is leaking. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to eliminate infection from these areas but they can also help to relieve symptoms of prostatitis and bladder/presence pain. It is important to note that in many cases, patients may experience worsening symptoms when treating with antibiotics, especially if the infection is not treated properly.

Many doctors will give their patients a prescription for an over the counter antibiotic that contains Metronidazole, which is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Unfortunately, many men will not take the proper dose of an antibiotic before attempting to treat their own symptoms and so often do more harm than good by giving themselves a dose that is too high and exposing their body to too much antibiotic. For this reason, it is important for men who think they might have a case of prostatitis to contact a doctor and ask what antibiotics would be best for them to use.

If there is a case of prostatitis that is caused by bacterial overgrowth in the bladder or prostate, doctors will commonly prescribe azithromycin, which is a broad spectrum antibiotic that is usually administered orally. Azithromycin can work very well to rid the body of any bacterial infection and so provide relief for symptoms like chronic lower back pain. However, Azithromycin should only be used as a last resort for chronic cases of prostatitis. There are other treatments such as steroids and some medicated douches that can also be used to treat the chronic symptoms of prostatitis. For additional details regarding this topic, check out this link: