Acute Bacterial Prostatitis Symptoms
The most important thing to remember about acute bacterial prostatitis symptoms is, once they appear, you should seek treatment immediately. That’s because these symptoms tend to be severe, and some men require treatment in the emergency department or even need to be hospitalized. Therefore, pay attention to any signs and symptoms of acute bacterial prostatitis, which tend to appear quickly and last a short time, from several weeks to less than three months.
Acute bacterial prostatitis symptoms are caused by, as the name suggests, bacteria. Acute bacterial prostatitis is the least common but the most serious type of prostatitis, so it is important to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms so your doctor can run tests to determine if what you are experiencing is acute bacterial prostatitis. Different kinds of bacteria can be responsible for acute bacterial prostatitis, including any that can cause a urinary tract infection. If you do have acute bacterial prostatitis, it can usually, but not always, be treated with antibiotics.
There are two kinds of symptoms that affect men with acute bacterial prostatitis, those associated with the urinary tract, and flulike symptoms from the infection spreading throughout the body. Some men have only a few symptoms while others experience more severe acute bacterial prostatitis symptoms.
Acute bacterial prostatitis symptoms may include:
- Malaise (generally feeling run-down)
- Strong urge to urinate immediately
- Painful urination
- Difficulty urinating, including trouble starting urination and maintaining urinary flow
- Weak urinary stream once it starts
- Dribbling after you think you are finished
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Blood in the urine
- Pain in the genital and pelvic area
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain, especially pain in lower back
- Extreme pain
- Rectal or perineum pain (area between the anus and scrotum)
- Blood in the semen
- Painful ejaculation
- Cloudy urine
Your acute bacterial prostatitis treatment can be successful if you start treatment soon after symptoms appear and you complete the treatment course you are prescribed. In addition to taking prescribed medications, it is helpful to modify your lifestyle, such as changing your diet and managing stress, to help prevent recurrence of acute bacterial prostatitis. However, prompt treatment with selected antibiotics along with dietary and lifestyle changes usually eliminates the infection and can help prevent it from returning.
If you put off treatment of acute bacterial prostatitis or do not complete your treatment that your doctor recommended, your infection can get worse. It can also cause serious complications, such as sepsis (severe blood infection) or an inability to urinate, or it may develop into chronic bacterial prostatitis. Generally, the symptoms vary very little between acute bacterial prostatitis and chronic bacterial prostatitis. The difference in acute bacterial prostatitis symptoms is that they are much more short-term and do not tend to recur.