Prostatitis is a common disease in men. Among the male patients in all hospitals, the proportion of prostatitis patients is the highest, so it is called the "No.1 Male Disease". However, there are many misunderstandings about prostatitis on the Internet or in other media, and some are even very misleading.
Today, let's take a closer look at the Five misunderstandings about the diagnosis and treatment of prostatitis.
1. Too Much Emphasis on the Number of White Blood Cells
The diagnosis of prostatitis is based on symptoms, especially pain symptoms, rather than the number of white blood cells in the prostatic fluid. Prostatitis can be diagnosed only when the patient has relevant symptoms, and no treatment is required when there are no symptoms. In the examination of prostatic fluid, there are many uncertainties with white blood cells. During the prostate massage, if the doctor presses on the inflamed duct, the number of white blood cells in the prostatic fluid will be large. Prostatic fluid will be normal if he presses on a non-inflamed duct.
Therefore, the number of white blood cells should be treated calmly. A high number may not necessarily mean a serious condition, and a small number may not necessarily mean a mild condition. The number always has a normal fluctuation. If prostatic fluid bacterial culture is done, the cultured bacteria may not come from the prostate, because the prostatic fluid has to pass through the urethra where the bacteria may come from. So, keep in mind that white cells in the prostatic fluid may not necessarily mean prostatitis.
2. Allocate All Urination Problems and Genital Pain to Prostatitis
If you have painful urination and a burning urethra, but test results show white blood cells in your urine and normal prostatic fluid, you have urethritis, not prostatitis. If your scrotum is swollen and painful, you may have a varicocele. If you urinate frequently and you are a male over 50, you may have an enlarged prostate. Frequent urination may also be caused by urinary stones, bladder stones, and bladder tuberculosis. If you have pain at the base of the penis, or pubic area, then you may have pubic osteitis. Many diseases are easily mistaken for prostatitis, so the diagnosis of prostatitis must exclude other diseases.
3. Blindly Believe in Special Drugs
The treatment of prostatitis takes about three months. Some patients can be cured within three months, while some require more than three months, or even longer, and even some patients have a treatment cycle of more than half a year. Don't believe that your disease can be cured in two weeks with a special drug. At the same time, drug treatment must be carried out based on a good lifestyle. That is to say if there is a drug claiming that prostatitis can be cured without requiring diet control and lifestyle changes, this drug is not credible. Bad living habits, including drinking alcohol, eating chili peppers, and sitting for a long time will definitely affect the treatment.
Prostatitis is not a serious disease, and oral medication can often be effective. Herbal medicine Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill is a good choice. Under the condition of strict control of diet, it can kill Pathogens including e.coli, gonococcus, staphylococcus, chlamydia, ureaplasma urealyticum, and mycoplasma hominis within three months. In addition to oral drugs, you can also use some external treatment methods, such as suppositories, enemas, and hot sitz baths. The treatment of prostatitis does not need to be very expensive. Some expensive treatment methods may cause new damage to the human body and waste a lot of money. For example, invasive treatment of the urethra can lead to urethral stricture and obstruction of the ejaculatory duct.
4. Only Focus on Treatment and Ignore Psychological Condition
The treatment of prostatitis should also consider psychological factors. Patients often have a long course of treatment, and it's hard to talk about their pain to others, so they can only endure it silently. In addition, some media and hospitals mislead and exaggerate the harm of this disease, so the patients worry too much. 60% of patients with prostatitis suffer from depression and 30% suffer from anxiety. Therefore, when treating prostatitis, you must have a correct understanding of it and treat it as if it's a minor illness, which is common and frequent, just like a special cold just in men. A relaxed mood is good for the treatment.
5. Excessive Pursuit of the Eradication of Prostatitis
What is the goal of your treatment of prostatitis? You should put the improvement of the quality of your life in the first place. It‘s not necessary to do excessive treatment until there are no white blood cells in the prostatic fluid. It is acceptable as long as this disease has no symptoms on you and does not impact your life. Some patients pursue eradication and require no more prostatitis in the future, but no one can guarantee that. Prostatitis is an inflammatory disease, and as long as this organ exists, there is a possibility of re-inflammation.
Just like the tonsils, if you don't remove them, you may get better this time and have them again next time. Bronchitis is also an example. If the bronchitis is cured this time, you will get bronchitis after the next cold. So the goal of treatment is to eliminate symptoms and improve the quality of life. Excessive pursuit of eradication only brings a mental burden.
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