Bladder Infection and Prostatitis
A bladder infection or other infection may trigger acute bacterial prostatitis or even lead to chronic bacterial prostatitis. A bladder infection is also called a urinary tract infection or cystitis. When there are bacteria in the urine, they can leak into the prostate. Infections elsewhere in the body can also cause prostatitis. There are a few reports of immunocompromised patients who got chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) from cytomegalovirus. Immunocompromised patients may also be more susceptible to other viruses and fungi.
An infection like cystitis can usually be treated with antibiotics for one to two weeks. If the infection has caused acute bacterial prostatitis, it becomes a much more serious infection and may need four weeks of treatment. Patients with chronic bacterial prostatitis need a longer treatment program of six to twelve weeks.
Most men with chronic bacterial prostatitis symptoms, which can be present for more than three months and can come and go, find that natural prostatitis treatments such as phytotherapy, supplements, and dietary changes are helpful.
Bladder infections or other infections such as sexually transmitted disease and HIV are also possible causes of prostatitis. Herpes is a virus that can also cause CPPS symptoms during an outbreak.
The main bacterium that usually causes bacterial prostatitis is Escherichia coli (E. coli). It can get to the prostate through the urethra or creep up into the bladder through the rectum. Food contamination is one cause, when bacteria from undercooked meat make their way from the gut to the prostate.
Supportive measures for prostatitis caused by bladder or other infections may include alternative prostatitis treatments such as prostate massage or a sitz bath. You doctor may also recommend pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, or muscle relaxers to help with prostatitis discomfort caused by bladder and other infections.