Prostatitis is a condition in which the prostate gland, a sexual organ in men, becomes inflamed, usually as the result of disease, infection or injury to the area. Groin pain and painful or difficult urination are the most common signs of prostatitis. When caused by a sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea, or from a bacteria infection, such as E-coli food poisoning, diarrhea can also be a symptom of prostatitis.
Common Prostatitis Symptoms
Difficulty urinating or ejaculating, pain in the pelvic region and painful urination are the most common symptoms of prostatitis. Frequent and urgent urination, particularly at night, is also a common sign of prostatitis.
Other Prostatitis Symptoms
General signs and symptoms of infection, such as diarrhea, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, may be present at the early onset of prostatitis. Other less common symptoms for prostatitis include recurring urinary tract infections and lower abdominal pain.
Risk Factors for Prostatitis
Prostatitis occurs usually in young and middle-aged men. Risk factors for developing prostatitis include bladder infections, urethra infections, frequent urinary tract infections, physical trauma to the pelvic or groin region from bicycling or horseback riding, dehydration, HIV infection or regular catheter use.
Treatment for Prostatitis
Doctors generally treat prostatitis with antibiotics, particularly if the prostatitis is brought on by disease or infection. However, in the case of severe symptoms, an individual with prostatitis may require hospitalization in order to receive injections to help combat the symptoms. Doctors may prescribe alpha blockers and pain relievers if the individual experiences pain or discomfort as a result of the prostatitis. Alternative forms of treatment include rest, heat therapy and massage. Patients use these natural remedies when prostatitis results from an injury to the region.
If left untreated, prostatitis can cause infections in other parts of the body, particularly in the blood and genital organs, and it can also lead to damaged sperm or infertility.
Watery and loose stools can indicate diarrhea. Abdominal pain, cramping and increased frequency of bowel movements are common symptoms associated with diarrhea. Diarrhea can be a sign or symptom for a number of medical illnesses, including prostatitis.
Treatment for Diarrhea
Treatment for diarrhea depends on its cause. If diarrhea is a symptom of illness or disease, doctors first treat the underlying illness or disease to help alleviate the symptoms. When illness caused by viruses or bacteria cause diarrhea, doctors prescribe antibiotics. If diarrhea is a symptom of disease, such as irritable bowel syndrome, you can treat the underlying disease with prescription medication. Many commercial over-the-counter medicines, such as Pepto-Bismol and Imodium, can also help with treating and alleviating diarrhea.
Diarrhea can result in dehydration and the loss of fluids and minerals necessary for bodily function. The Mayo Clinic recommends consuming oral re-hydration products, such as sports drinks, to help replace lost fluids and electrolytes in the body.