Prostate Infection Cure: Myths and Facts

Prostate InfectionA prostate infection can be a big cause for concern among men, and there are many myths which surround this condition which can make it even more worrisome. Urethral catheterization may cause an infection if the prostate if bacteria is introduced during the process, and there are many other causes as well. Below are some common myths, and the real truth as well, so you can get the facts instead of misinformation about this condition.

Myth: Prostatitis is always a sexually transmitted disease.
Fact: Some cases of infection in the prostate may be caused by diseases which are sexually transmittable, such as gonorrhea, but many cases of this condition are caused in other ways and are not transmitted through sexual contact.

Myth: A single dose of urinary tract infection antibiotics will always clear up a prostate infection.
Fact: If the infection is a chronic one, and it has been building over a long time, a single dose of antibiotics may not be enough to completely cure the problem. If antibiotics are used which are not completely effective the result can be the development of a resistant strain of bacteria because of antibiotic use. If you have prostatitis you should only take antibiotics prescribed for you to treat this condition.

Myth: A negative lab test result means I have nonbacterial prostatitis.
Fact: If you have the symptoms of a prostate infection your physician will usually want to run tests to determine which bacteria is causing the problem. Just because a test is negative does not mean that bacteria is not the problem, just that the cause is not the type of bacteria tested for. You may need a number of tests for different bacteria types before the culprit is discovered.

Myth: A prostate infection can be treated and cured without medical care in most cases.
Fact: If you have any of the symptoms of enlarged prostate you should see your physician, to rule out prostate cancer and other serious conditions. Usually this infection requires antibiotics to clear up, and home treatment may help control the symptoms but will not usually cure the underlying problem causing the infection.

Myth: Only elderly men develop a prostate infection or an enlarged prostate.
Fact: While it is true that prostate hyperplasia affects older men, an infection of the prostate gland can occur at any point in life or any age. Younger individuals may develop an infection as well, from a number of different causes.