Sexual Health Q&A

How is acute bacterial prostatitis treated?

Acute bacterial prostatitis is usually treated with antibiotics, prescribed for two to eight weeks. Other medications, such as pain relievers, muscle relaxants, or alpha-blockers might also be prescribed.

In more serious cases, a man might have antibiotics delivered intravenously at a hospital. If he is having trouble urinating, doctors might use a special tube called a catheter to drain urine directly out of the bladder.

Drinking more liquids, like water, can help, too. Doing so leads to more frequent urination and, in turn, helps bacteria leave the body.