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How long do symptoms of prostatitis last?

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Posted on Fri, 20 Mar 2015
Question: how long can the symptoms of prostatitis last - like burning inside the penis? I went to the ER last night and all tests came back negative - They are doing a urine culture test - could this be connected to the bladder?
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Answered by Dr. Swarnava Dattagupta (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
ADVICE REGARDING URINARY TRACT INFORMATION

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thank you for posting your query in healthcaremagic.com
This is Dr. Swarnava dattagupta answering your query.

I understand your concern.
See, first of all, burning inside the penis and burning urination are not commonly a symptom of prostatitis, it is a symptom of urinary tract infection or UTI. Urinary tract infection involves the upper and lower urinary tracts which involves the kidney and ureters & the bladder and urethra respectively.

So, an urine culture test is connected to your bladder infection and to specify which organism is causing this. E.coli is the most common organism but there are others too and the treatment with antibiotics varies accordingly.

You have said that you are taking antibiotics. When the antibiotics start to act, the symptoms will start to decrease and eventually will disappear in a month. You can ask your doctor about pain medication called urinary analgesics. They help partly easing the burning pain. Also, specific antibiotics may be administered according to the culture reports if response is unsatisfactory.

Continue taking the medications as prescribed and maintain genital cleanliness.

Hope i have answered your question.
If you have any further questions i will be happy to help.
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How long do symptoms of prostatitis last?

Brief Answer: ADVICE REGARDING URINARY TRACT INFORMATION Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting your query in healthcaremagic.com This is Dr. Swarnava dattagupta answering your query. I understand your concern. See, first of all, burning inside the penis and burning urination are not commonly a symptom of prostatitis, it is a symptom of urinary tract infection or UTI. Urinary tract infection involves the upper and lower urinary tracts which involves the kidney and ureters & the bladder and urethra respectively. So, an urine culture test is connected to your bladder infection and to specify which organism is causing this. E.coli is the most common organism but there are others too and the treatment with antibiotics varies accordingly. You have said that you are taking antibiotics. When the antibiotics start to act, the symptoms will start to decrease and eventually will disappear in a month. You can ask your doctor about pain medication called urinary analgesics. They help partly easing the burning pain. Also, specific antibiotics may be administered according to the culture reports if response is unsatisfactory. Continue taking the medications as prescribed and maintain genital cleanliness. Hope i have answered your question. If you have any further questions i will be happy to help. Regards