The main difference between UTI (urinary tract infection) and prostatitis is the location of the infection. UTIs affect the bladder and urethra, while prostatitis affects the prostate gland. Symptoms of UTI typically include frequent and painful urination, as well as lower abdominal and back pain.
Symptoms of prostatitis are similar but can also include rectal pain, testicular pain, difficulty sitting, and difficulty with urination or ejaculation. There may also be blood in the urine or semen, and pain during sex.
The cause of a UTI is usually a bacterial infection, however the cause of prostatitis is usually not identified. UTIs are usually treated with antibiotics and prostatitis is usually treated with anti-inflammatory medication, as well as lifestyle changes such as drinking plenty of fluids, exercise, and relaxation techniques.
In some cases, prostate drainage or a prostate massage may be recommended. A urine sample is usually taken to determine if there is an infection and a physical exam is also used to diagnose prostatitis.
It is important to seek medical attention to determine the most appropriate treatment for either of these conditions.