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what is the best home treatment, if there is one, for prostatitis?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
30 years experience Geriatrics
None available: If you really have acute bacterial prostatitis or a urinary tract infection, eg bladder or kidney, or an std (sexually transmitted disease), there's really no home remedy or treatment to cure you. Sorry. Only prescription antibiotics will do the trick. These infections can go bad quickly, so if you're suspicious, go see your family doc immediately for appropriate evaluation & treatment. Good luck!
Answered on Dec 17, 2014
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Sitz baths and rest: Bacterial prostatitis requires antibiotics capable of penetrating prostate gland plus non-stroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics for pain. The home type remedies are warm sitz paths and rest. Subject may get additional symptomatic relief by an inflated ring to take pressure off prostate when sitting down. Prostatic massage by a urologist, and Alpha blockers like Flomax (tamsulosin) or Hytrin may help.
Answered on May 27, 2015
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Dr. Klauber is absolutely on the mark when he talks about antibiotics, since the prostate resists penetration by most antibiotics and therefore choosing the correct one requires a knowledgeable physician.
Apr 9, 2012

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