Prostatitis and BPH Enlarged Prostate are both problems on prostate glands. This is a gland that surrounds the bladder of male. The prostate gland is responsible for releasing prostatic fluid that helps make up part of the semen. The prostate normally goes enlargement but the abnormal enlargement can be caused by both prostatitis and BPH. But what is the difference and how can we distinguish what is your case?
What is prostatitis?
Prostatitis is defined as the swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized gland situated directly below the bladder in men. It is a painful condition that can happen to any man at any age felt in the pelvic area.
What is BPH (enlarged prostate)?
The enlarged prostate gland is medically called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). This is a condition in men in which the prostate gland is enlarged but not cancerous. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is also called benign prostatic hypertrophy or benign prostatic obstruction. It is normal that a man’s prostate goes through 2 main growth cycles, first is in early puberty where it doubles its size and the second time happens around the age 25 and goes on for most of the rest of a man's life. BPH most often occurs during this second growth phase.
Do prostatitis and BPH cause pain?
Both BPH and prostatitis may cause pain. However, if BPH causes pain, it usually occurs with urination (dysuria). And prostatitis may cause painful urination, painful ejaculations, and generalized groin/abdominal pain. Prostatitis pain may be more constant and may be due to the inflammation of the prostatic tissue and/or adjacent tissues. Experts point out that often the source of pain from prostatitis is unclear.
What are the symptoms of having BPH?
What are the symptoms of having Prostatitis?
Treatment for Prostatitis and BPH
The treatment for the two is different, here are the treatment plan for prostatitis:
And here are the treatment plan for BPH:
I hope you learn the differences and understand each in this article. If you are feeling any symptoms please consult your doctor since these two are serious conditions.