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Acute bacterial prostatitis is often caused by common strains of bacteria. The infection may start when bacteria carried in urine leaks into your prostate. Antibiotics are used to treat it. If bacteria aren't eliminated with antibiotics because they "hide" in the prostate, prostatitis may recur or be difficult to treat. This is called chronic bacterial prostatitis.

Bacterial infection isn't the only cause of prostatitis. Other causes can include:

  • Immune system disorder
  • Nervous system disorder
  • Injury to the prostate or prostate area

In many cases of prostatitis, however, the cause is never identified.

Mar. 04, 2014