Prostatitis is caused by the inflammation of the prostate, often caused by a bacterial infection. It can be caused by an infection that spreads from the bladder or can be an associated symptom of an STI, such as Chlamydia. It shares similar symptoms to a bladder infection, such as difficulty in passing urine, but if an STI is present then there can be additional symptoms, such as discharge. The infection can develop into a chronic condition, in which case it can reoccur at frequent intervals. There is no single cure for chronic prostatitis – if antibiotics don’t clear up the infection then self-help measures such as hot baths, avoidance of strenuous activity and regular ejaculation are normally prescribed, the latter helping to drain the prostate and clear infected matter.
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