Prostatitis is the condition in which the prostate gland becomes swollen or inflamed. Due to the positioning of the prostate gland, the swelling can cause urinary issues, including pain during urination. The condition can cause significant groin pain, along with sometimes manifesting flu-like symptoms.
Unlike prostate enlargement, prostatitis can affect men at any age and generally affects those 50 or younger. While one of the most prominent causes of prostatitis is a bacterial infection of the prostate, the cause is often unidentified. This infection can potentially spread to the epididymis and cause epididymitis. In cases where the infection is the cause, a course of antibiotics is generally the appropriate treatment.
Prostatitis and its symptoms can occur suddenly or gradually intensify over time. In some cases, the condition will resolve of its own accord, while in others, it can last for several months and recur over time. Chronic prostatitis can continue to recur after effective treatment.