Is It Prostatitis or A Urinary Tract Infection?

Date:2019-10-10 click:0
Men's reproductive system and urinary system are closely related. For example, the penis can perform sexual intercourse as well as urination. The prostate not only guards the urethra but also secretes liquid to form semen. Therefore, when men have prostatitis and urinary tract infections, it is also easy to confuse. So what is the specific difference between prostatitis and urinary tract infection? This article will tell you the difference between the two diseases from three aspects.
1.The location of occurrence

Urinary tract infections(UTI) refer to diseases occurring in the urinary tract, which mainly include the urethra, ureter, bladder, and pelvis where urine passes through, but not the prostate. In addition, there are many clinical classifications of UTIs, including cystitis, acute pyelonephritis, chronic pyelonephritis, asymptomatic bacteriuria, and so on. Prostatitis is an inflammatory disease that occurs in the prostate, and its location is relatively fixed.
2.Different inspection methods
When prostatitis occurs, the prostatic fluid of the patient can be taken for examination according to the patient's condition. Generally, the prostatic fluid of the patient should be massaged by anal finger examination.
UTIs generally need to take the urine of patients for white blood cell count, bacteriological examination and nitrate reduction test, etc., should pay attention to the difference.
3.Different causes

The etiology of UTI is relatively clear, most of which are caused by inflammation due to bacterial invasion of the urinary tract, while the etiology of prostatitis is more complex, which is more or less related to bacterial infection, psychological factors, living habits, cold and so on, and should be paid attention to.
Although there are so many differences, in fact, prostatitis is closely related to UTIs. What is the relationship between prostatitis and UTIs?
The prostate is the gland that surrounds the origin of the urethra in men in front of the bladder. Prostate secretion has the effect of anti-Gram-negative intestinal bacteria and plays a protective role in reducing male UTI. At the same time, the urethra is the outlet of prostatic fluid, and the urethra and the prostate are closely related. Therefore, when the prostate changes, it can become the inducement of UTI.
Studies have shown that male UTIs and prostatitis pathogens belong to the same strain; UTI recurrence is also caused by the same serotype of bacteria. The main bacteria causing prostatitis (80%) are also E. coli, just like UTIs, it can be seen that they are closely related.

UTIs have an increasing trend in the elderly; one of the main reasons is that the incidence of prostate diseases in the elderly has increased significantly. The prostate is a part of male genital organs, which is closely related to the urethra. Some scholars classify prostatitis as part of the UTIs. Prostatitis can cause UTIs, and sometimes it can also be secondary to UTIs. Therefore, some people even regard it as part of UTIs.
When acute prostatitis is complicated with UTI, antibiotics were initially used to treat both UTI and prostatitis, but the recurrence rate was high after routine treatment. Chronic bacterial prostatitis is the source of UTI in men. A few commonly used antibiotics are not easy to enter prostatic tissue, so it is difficult to cure.
It is generally believed that effective drugs are compound neotame, ciprofloxacin, and so on. The course of treatment should be 6 to 12 weeks. Erythromycin can also reach a high concentration in the prostate. If it is not sensitive to the aforementioned treatment, it may be selected.

Prostatitis complicated with recurrent UTIs can be treated with long-term low-dose antimicrobial therapy, or traditional Chinese herbal medicine Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill to effectively sterilize and resist inflammation. It can clear away heat and detoxify, promote diuresis and relieve stranguria, help patients clear inflammation in the body, but also enhance the immunity of patients, fundamentally prevent a recurrence.

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