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What Department to Visit for Prostatitis? Urology or Andrology Department?

Prostatitis is one of the most common diseases in adult men, and adult men of all ages can suffer from this disease, and the number of people suffering from the disease is increasing. For the treatment of prostatitis, the first thing that many patients want to know is whether to go to the urology department or the andrology department for prostatitis registration.

What Department to Visit for Prostatitis

Let's understand the two departments. 

Urology and andrology departments are two of the more confusing departments, and most patients think they are one department. In fact, it is not.

Urology and andrology departments first belonged to the same discipline, with the discipline of differentiation more and more detailed, andrology gradually became independent, forming an independent discipline. So, strictly speaking, the latter is a branch of the former. 

The scope of the andrology department is mainly to study male reproductive system-related diseases, such as male infertility, impotence, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, and so on. The Urology department focuses on diseases of the urinary system, such as tumors of the kidney, ureter, bladder, urethra, and other urinary tract, urinary stones, and urinary tract infections.

So, which department should you consult for prostatitis?

Prostatitis is a common disease in urology, and therefore, the urology department should be preferred for registration and treatment. In addition, the andrology department may also be preferred, as it is attached to the urology department in most hospitals. Organs such as the penis and prostate are shared by the urinary system and the male reproductive system, so the subspecialty included in the urology clinic is the andrology clinic. 

If a hospital separates the andrology clinic, it is also possible to enroll in it. In other words, the patient can enroll in both the andrology clinic and the general department of urology.

After registration, patients are usually judged on the basis of their clinical symptoms and various tests:

1. Clinical Symptoms: The typical symptoms of prostatitis include frequent urination, urinary urgency, urination difficulty, incessant dribbling after urination, increased urination at night, as well as symptoms of localized pain, such as distension of the perineum, lumbar acidity, and lumbago, and so on. Sexual dysfunction can also occur, such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and so on.

2. Various Tests and Cultures: Routine prostate fluid, prostate fluid culture, and ultrasound of the prostate to determine whether prostatitis exists and the specific type of prostatitis. It is usually done by anally massaging the prostate and taking the prostate fluid to see if there is an increase in the number of white blood cells and a decrease in the number of lecithin bodies in the prostate fluid. 

If there is an increase in leukocytes and a decrease in lecithin bodies, the diagnosis of prostatitis can be made. In addition, doctors can also take the prostate fluid to do a bacterial culture to see if there is the presence of bacterial prostatitis.

At present, for prostatitis, the main means of treatment is still medication. If it is nonbacterial prostatitis, patients can choose Chinese patent drugs, such as Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill, which can comprehensively regulate the patient's genitourinary system to achieve the effect of both symptomatic and fundamental treatment, eliminating inflammation, relieving the pain and discomfort of urination.

If prostatitis is caused by infection by pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, they can choose sensitive antibiotics, such as cefuroxime tablets, levofloxacin tablets, and other symptomatic treatments.

In addition, patients should also pay attention to their daily diet, not eat spicy and stimulating food, and eat more nutritious fresh vegetables and fruits. Drink more water every day and replenish the body's moisture to promote the body's metabolism. Ensure sound sleep and appropriate physical exercise to enhance immunity.

Recommended Readings:

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