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Is there a difference between prostatitis and urethritis?

Is there a 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

Dr. James Kuan
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Prostatitis (Definition)

The swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, located beneath the bladder in men. Prostatitis usually results in painful and difficult urination, and there may be flu-like symptoms present. There are many causes of prostatitis, one of ...Read more


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What is the difference between prostatitis and urethritis?

What is the difference between prostatitis and urethritis?

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

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Can a cystoscope detect urethritis or prostatitis?

Can a cystoscope detect urethritis or prostatitis?

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

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Prostatitis following non specific urethritis bacterial or fungal as candida present ?

Prostatitis following non specific urethritis  bacterial or fungal as candida present ?

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

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Is there any chance of urine reflux into vas deferes or ejaculatory ducts due to prostatitis or urethritis? What are the treatments?

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

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My prostatitis started with non specific urethritis with yellow pus fro penis this proves its bacterial ?

My prostatitis started with non specific urethritis with yellow pus fro penis this proves its bacterial ?

Probably: It is probably bacterial, especially with the pus, but there is no "proving" it without cultures and further evaluation. That being said, the vast majority of infectious prostatitis is bacterial in origin. ...Read more

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Does prostititis feel like urethritis?

Does prostititis feel like urethritis?

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

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Can chronic prostatits come from urethritis?

Chronic prostatitis: The same bacteria that cause urethritis can cause prostatitis. It's two different processes, but the causes are similar. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have prostatis, after researching it seems it could be urethritis...What's the diff & how would i know?

My doctor says I have prostatis, after researching it seems it could be urethritis...What's the diff & how would i know?

Similar: Urethritis typically causes a urethral discharge and burning with urination. It is most often caused by a sexually transmitted organism. Prostatitis on the other hand, is much more common and benign. It is typically caused by organisms from one's own body. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between prostatitis and prostatorrhea?

Yes: Prostatorrhea is an abnormal discharge from the prostate which may be seen during prostatitis. Prostatitis simply means inflammation of the prostate gland. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference between urethritis and cystitis?

Help please? What is the difference between urethritis and cystitis?

Cystitis/urethritis: The difference is in the location. Cystitis is an inflammatory/infectious process of the bladder, and urethritis is an inflammatory/infectous process of the urethra. ...Read more

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What is the difference between UTI and prostatitis?

What is the difference between UTI and prostatitis?

UTI: "uti" includes all types of infections in the urinary tract. Cystitis is specifically a term describing inflammation of the bladder. Pyelonephritis (also a uti) on the other hand is an infection of the kidney causing significant systemic symptoms. Prostatitis often causes vague aching symptoms often with negative urine cultures. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between urethritis and cystitis?

Can any doc tell me what's the difference between urethritis and cystitis?

Cystitis/urethritis: The difference is in the location. Cystitis is an inflammatory/infectious process of the bladder, and urethritis is an inflammatory/infectous process of the urethra. ...Read more

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Can urethritis cause an overactive bladder? What is the difference between overactive bladder and bladder spasms?

Can urethritis cause an overactive bladder? What is the difference between overactive bladder and bladder spasms?

Here are some ...: Urethritis may incite a premature urge to void so the patient may void oftener than usual; after treated, urethritis-related urgency subsides, but not OAB-related. Although OAB generates urge to void, the patient still usually can make to bathroom to void; bladder spam is usually referred to the occurrence of uninhibited bladder contraction incited by catheter or poor central nerve control, etc. ...Read more

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What are the differences between prostatitis and prostatorrhea?

What are the differences between prostatitis and prostatorrhea?

Here are some...: Prostatitis is one of the most misused and even abused medical Dx, and theoretically it denotes inflammatory change inside prostate but clinically most patients carrying Dx of prostatitis have no real infection or inflammation. Prostatorrhea is a term having been obseleting in its use. Clinically, it denotes some unwanted discharge of prostate and seminal fluid on constipation and straining... ...Read more

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How do I know if I have Prostatitis or another prostate issue? Seems the symptoms are the same. Is there a difference in the symptoms?

Nope, no difference: Distinguishing prostatitis from other causes of similar symptoms (e.g., urinary urgency, bladder discomfort, testicular or low abdominal pain, etc) is difficult even for an expert doctor and impossible based on symptoms alone. Also, there are several kinds of prostatitis, with different treatments. Professional evaluation is needed, preferably by a urologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been treating prostatitis using difference types of antibiotics since last 3 years, still i could not recover from it. Please advise what todo?

I have been treating prostatitis using difference types of antibiotics  since last 3 years, still i could not recover from it. Please advise what todo?

Prostatitis: See a urologist. Prostate is not an organ which is penetrated effectively by most antibiotics, so the choice of drugs will limit their efficacy. You also need to promote drainage, first with sitz baths, frequent ejaculation, and when the acute process calms down, prostatic massage may help. But please see a good urologist as there may be other problems associated. ...Read more

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Difference b/w Prostate Congestion and Prostatitis Problem? Is both can cause Urine Retention and Treatment for Both for male of 27 Years?Thank Doctor

Difference b/w Prostate Congestion and Prostatitis Problem? Is both can cause Urine Retention and Treatment for Both for male of 27 Years?Thank Doctor

Presumptive diagnosi: Prostatitis is a common diagnosis in many young mails. Prostate Congestion is a vaguely defined term used to describe a suspect diagnosis of Prostatitis( when the doctor is not sure about it. As it is difficult to pin down the diagnosis, doctors often treat it as an infection but it is often hard to prove infection of the prostate. You Need to find a good medical doctor for long term follow up. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of chronic prostatitis among men in their 30's?

Very common: Prostatitis is very common in men in their 30s. Treatment consists of antibiotics daily for 3 to 4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does urethritis last?

How long does urethritis last?

Urethritis: Asymptomatic urethritis can last for a long time, always see a doctor if you are suspect a urinary tract infection and be tested and treated. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get urethritis?

Urethra infx: Can be associated with std....Looks like uti....Similar symptoms of uti. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Urethritis (Definition)

The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside of your body. Urethritis occurs when this urethra is inflammed or infected. This is most often caused by an E. Coli infection and can ...Read more