BPH treatment

It is a sad fact of human nature that as our bodies start to age, they start to, for lack of a better phrase, fall apart. People notice it as early as age thirty – their back hurts when sitting on a hard surface, or their knees crack when lifting a heavy object. As people age, the hair turns gray or even a snowy white, and the senses start to go too, starting with smell. People in their 40’s and 50’s may find themselves, after a life of 20/20 vision, needing reading glasses just to read the label on their prescription bottle. And that prescription may be for one of an older person’s many common ailments – high blood pressure, diabetes, or out-of-control cholesterol. And men have something unique to worry about – an enlarged prostate. Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is when a man’s prostate has expanded beyond its normal size. This is a common phenomenon for men as they are aging and one that can cause uncomfortable and even embarrassing side-effects. Luckily there is plenty a man can do to get BPH treatment and continue to enjoy a high quality of life as he grows old gracefully.

Since BPH is by definition benign, it is not particularly worrisome. But it can be more than embarrassing, and cause bladder, urination, or kidney problems and urinary tract infections. But first, before a man can even begin to consider his options for BPH treatment, he needs to get diagnosed. Contact your primary care physician immediately if you, or a man you care about, is experiencing any of these common signs and symptoms of an enlarged prostate: inability to urinate or a weak stream while urinating, frequent stops and starts during urination, a frequent need to urinate, a newfound need to get up during the night and urinate, feeling the need to strain while urinating, a feeling of not being able to completely empty the bladder while urinating, blood in the urine, bladder stones, urinary tract infection, or kidney problems such as impaired kidney function. If you or a loved one is experiencing this symptoms, it is a good idea to visit a doctor immediately. If a man becomes unable to urinate at all, he needs emergency medical treatment right away to prevent worsening symptoms. Whether the prostate is slightly enlarged or extremely enlarged, there are plenty of BPH treatments that can ease the problem. Also be warned that not all men with enlarged prostates even experience symptoms. When a man reaches a certain age, his doctor may start to perform prostate exams to check for BPH.

Before deciding on a BPH treatment for their male patient, a doctor will perform tests and ask questions, such as what symptoms the patient is experiencing, how long they have been manifesting, and what medications the patient may be on. It is also a good idea to know whether there is a history of prostate problems in your family.

Next, the doctor will detail his BPH treatment plan for the patient. In a nutshell, this BPH treatment plan may include something non-invasive, such as a lifestyle change, something semi-invasive, such as prescribing a new medication, or something very invasive, like prostate surgery. If symptoms are slight, the doctor might even take a wait and see approach to BPH treatment. If medicine is prescribed, it will probably be something like alpha blockers or hormonal medications. If symptoms are severe, the doctor may recommend surgery for BPH treatment. This surgery will reduce the size of the prostate.

If you are someone you know is experiencing prostate symptoms, don’t wait to get check. In the best case scenario, the condition can be controlled with a lifestyle change. Even in the worst, doctors can catch it early and reduce the symptoms.

Last updated on Sep 29th, 2010 and filed under Genitourinary Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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