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Prostatitis is a general term that refers to inflammation (swelling) or infection of the prostate gland. It can be very painful and you'll need to see your GP.
Symptoms of prostatitis
Most men with prostatitis will have a persistent (chronic) form of the disease, where symptoms come and go for at least three months.
Causes of prostatitis
It's not known what causes many cases of prostatitis. A bacterial infection is only sometimes responsible.
Diagnosing prostatitis
Your GP will be able to diagnose prostatitis by asking about your symptoms and carrying out a number of tests.
Treating prostatitis
You'll need to take a course of antibiotics if your prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection.
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