An enlarged prostate is a common concern for men approaching middle age. Typically, there are no symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate which is simply a part of aging and there is no known prevention. The prostate is a gland which produces fluid that carries sperm. An enlarged prostate indicates that the gland has increased in size and most men will experience prostate enlargement at one time or another.
Contrary to popular belief, prostate enlargement is not cancer. For most men, the first sign of an enlarged prostate is frequency of urination, especially at night. As the prostate enlarges, other signs may include:
* Difficulty urinating
* weak urinary stream
* Urine stops and starts
* Feeling that the bladder is still full
* Urgency to urinate.
As the prostate enlarges further, it can cause pressure, producing urinary difficulties. This can cause urinary tract infections and other problems like bloody urine, bladder stones and incontinence.
Difficulties associated with an enlarged prostate vary widely. Moderate prostate enlargement for some, can cause few if any symptoms and require close monitoring but no specific treatment. However, when symptoms such as the ones listed above come into play, it is time to seek a professional. When an enlarged prostate begins putting out too much pressure, it can lead to an inability to urinate, which is an emergency situation
In most cases, the physician will order a urine test to check for signs of infection. He may also order a blood test for kidney problems and cancer. Once prostate enlargement has been diagnosed, imminent treatment may not be required if the symptoms are mild, but will require regular exams to monitor the condition.
There are a number of treatments available for an enlarged prostate, depending upon the symptoms. Age, health and the size of your prostate are what the physician will take into consideration when determining your treatment.
Symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland can be decreased thus avoiding complications by making an effort to urinate as soon as you get the urge. Never put off urinating and make sure to completely empty the bladder. Drink plenty of water to help flush out bacteria but try to abstain from liquids in the late evenings to avoid getting up all through the night to go to the bathroom. Drinking cranberry juice is a good preventative towards urinary tract infections.
Medical attention is required if you begin experiencing symptoms which include, nausea, vomiting, bloody urine, fever or chill. Surgery is usually the option when symptoms of an enlarged prostate include:
* inability to urinate
* constant urinary tract infection
* blood in urine
* kidney failure
* bladder stones
If you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to urinate, go to the nearest emergency room.
In summery, once diagnosed with an enlarged prostate, treatment is based on symptoms and how they affect your life, along with any additional medical conditions you may have. Men who have been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate should have regular exams to monitor the condition. Urinate as soon as you get the urge. Stay way from alcohol and caffeine, especially late evenings.