Staph infections can occur all over the body. When they occur in the prostate they can cause a number of symptoms. Prostate staph infections should be dealt with as soon as possible, as a prolonged infection may lead to complications. A prostate infection is usually identified during a prostate examination.
Staph infection refers to an infection by a group of bacteria called staphylococcus. Staph infections can occur all over the body, including the prostate, and can lead to many different illnesses, ranging from mild to severe. MedicineNet states that 25 per cent to 30 per cent of healthy adults have staphylococcus present on their skin.
The prostate gland, present in males, is located just under the bladder. It produces part of the seminal fluid that carries sperm from the body. When the prostate gland becomes infected by bacteria—including staphylococcus—the gland becomes inflamed and swells. The condition is called prostatitis. The prostate is likely to become infected if you are also experiencing a urinary tract infection. There are two forms of prostatitis, chronic and acute.
Acute bacterial prostatitis refers to an infection that occurs quickly. It can cause blood in the semen and urine, bad-smelling urine, increasingly urgent needs to urinate as well as difficulty urinating, lowered force in the urinary stream and testicular pain. Chronic bacterial prostatitis refers to a slow infection that may last for an extended period of time. It can cause pain in the lower back and testicles as well as pain during bowel movements and ejaculation. Both infections can cause fever, abdominal pain and pain in the area between the genitals and the anus.
Staph infections in the prostate are usually treated with antibiotics taken orally. Severe infections causing great swelling may require antibiotics to be administered intravenously. The patient may also need to be given stool softeners and pain relievers such as ibuprofen.
A swollen prostate gland can block the urinary tract, which is why urination sometimes becomes difficult. When this happens, urine becomes trapped in the bladder and may cause a bladder infection. This can cause bad-smelling, cloudy urine and painful urination. Bladder infections are also usually treated using antibiotics.
You should consult your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of the symptoms of a staph infection of the prostate or a bladder infection.
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