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Difference Between Prostatitis And Urethritis
Yes: Prostatitis affects the prostate gland, a pelvic organ responsible for semen production. Urethritis affects the urethra. Bacteria causing the 2 differ; urethritis is more often a sexually transmitted infection (but not always). Prostatitis is usually caused by the same bugs that cause uti's. Symptoms also differ--prostatitis is usaually a deep pain, urethritis is burning and penile discharge. ...Read more
Anatomic.: Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate, usually due to infection. Urethritis is inflammation of the urethra, the outlet to the bladder. The difference it one of anatomic location, but there is overlap in the infectious agents that cause them. E. Coli & proteus; common causes of urinary tract infections, can cause both. Stds such as gonnorrhea & chylamydia are also common causes of urethritis. ...Read more
Infx: Both infections, one in prostate one in urethra, can have both. ...Read more
Probably not..., but: If done at right time, cystoscopy may evidence mucosal inflmmation to suggest urethritis or prostatitis. But, most of times, both can be diagnosed with good history, physical finding, urinalysis, and others as needed. And cystoscopy is only needed for protracted cases to rule out stricture. To detail both, go to see urologist timely. Best wishes... ...Read more
Likely bacterial.: Although reports of fungal prostatitis have been reported in the literature, this disease is quite rare, limited to severely immune-compromised (transplant or hiv) patients who are hospitalized. If your have a prostatic infection, it is most likely bacterial and candida is a urinary or culture contaminant. I recommend you see a urologist for evaluation & treatment. ...Read more
Is there any chance of urine reflux into vas deferes or ejaculatory ducts due to prostatitis or urethritis? What are the treatments?
Epididymitis: This is the proposed mechanism of epididymitis. Usually a strain such as lifting or exercising (increasing intra-abdominal pressure) causes the reflux a very tiny amounts of bacteria laden urine down the vas. The treatment is the same as it is for prostatitis: antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. ...Read more
Urethritis and burning on urination that lasts for days/weeks and then remits. Treated for prostatitis 5 years ago with 6 weeks Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) have had since?
My prostatitis started with non specific urethritis with yellow pus fro penis this proves its bacterial ?
Usually not: Prostatitis primarily causes pain or discomfort in the low abdomen, back, rectum, testicles, etc, often hard to pinpoint the exact location; sometimes urinary frequency or urgency; usually no discharge. Urethritis primarily causes discharge of pus or mucus from the penis, sometimes with painful urination, usually without urinary symtoms or the kind of pain from prostatitis. ...Read more