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help docs? why is the chronic non-bacterial prostatitis so hard to cure?

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Dr. Thomas Buehner
Infectious Disease 40 years experience
Cause unknown: Nonbacterial is not uncommon but is usually a diagnosis of exclusion because the etiologic agent has not been identified. It can also develop from a noninfectious inflammatory disorder. this needs a thorough work up to make sure that an infectious agent is not present and may even benefit from empiric courses of antibiotics.

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Why are bacteria more antibiotic resistant these days?

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Antibiotic pressure: When bacteria are exposed to antibiotics the strongest bacteria survive. Strength is gained by genetic mutations & by acquiring resistance genes from other bacteria. This selection for resistant bacteria is called antibiotic pressure. Since the 1st antibiotic was introduced in 1935 bacteria continue to gain resistance in 'snow-balling' fashion. Some bacteria today are resistant to all antibiotics.
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Can herbal supplements be infected with bacteria?

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Yes: Any food or product can be contaminated with bacteria.
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Do I really need to boil water for longer to reduce bacterial contamination at higher altitudes?

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Yes: At higher altitudes there is different parasite giardiasis which takes longer to be removed so needs longer boiling of water.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is done to treat a prostate infection?

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Dr. Howard Tay
Urology 31 years experience
Prostatitis: Antibiotic along w non steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAID) are the most common medications used to treat prostate infection. Common antibiotics : cipro, (ciprofloxacin) bactrim. Common NSAID : Ibuprofen , naproxen. Usually an extended course of treatment > 2 weeks is needed because medications do not penetrate the prostate easily.
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Can nonbacterial prostatitis be prevented by a man?

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Possibly: Any underlying things that make the symptoms worse should be avoided.

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