This include any problem that occurs in the prostrate such as cancer, prostatitis or enlargement of the prostrate. The prostrate is a gland which is only found in men and is the size of a walnut, it surrounds the male urethra at the bottom of the bladder. It has two very vital functions they are to produce an exact proportion of seminal fluid that carries sperm and to control the flow of urine from the bladder. Symptoms can be both urinary and sexual in nature. Problems in the prostrate can occur in two forms prostatitis which is a bacterial infection and can be either acute, sudden and severe or chronic, milder yet persistent and the enlargement of the prostrate. Symptoms include:
For acute prostatitis:
Frequent difficulties in urination
Aches and pain
A burning sensation or pain when urinating
Blood in the urine
For chronic prostatitis:
Dull pain in the genital area and pelvis
Frequent difficulties in urination
Sexual dysfunction and painful ejaculation
For an enlarged prostrate:
Difficulties in urination such as - intermittent or weak stream, straining, dribbling, getting up frequently at night or an inability to empty the bladder
Prostatitis is a not a common problem which usually occurs in younger men and there can be no symptoms of enlargement. Acute prostatitis can produce a fever, lower back pain and chills while chronic prostatitis generally brings milder versions of these symptoms and may also cause urethral discharge, painful ejaculation or sexual dysfunction. Symptoms of an enlarged prostrate usually appear after the age of 45 the first sign is usually a need to urinate at night with the urge gradually increasing over time. Other urination problems may then develop. It is an extremely common condition and most men will experience some form of it as they grow older. However, you should always have a check up by your doctor for cancer.
Prostatitis is the result of a bacterial infection that has spread into the prostrate gland, the infection is sexually transmitted and because of this men are often hesitant to have this condition checked out and this can then cause the condition to become dangerous. An enlarged prostrate on the other hand seems to worsen with age and this is caused because of a decreased level of testosterone and an increasing level of other hormones in the blood which then results in enlargement. If the prostrate is enlarged either because of prostatitis or age, your doctor should determine whether the growth of the gland is benign or malignant, if it is malignant prostate cancer will be diagnosed.
A good diet and lifestyle can be quite helpful for prostrate enlargement. Zinc is very good in helping and it can be found in wheat bran, oyster, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and whole oatmeal. Vitamin C and E might promote prostrate health as well as the amino acids alanine, glycine and glutamic acid. Essential fatty acids can also be taken but you should ask your pharmacist for advice on what to take.
You can prevent the recurrence of chronic prostatitis and promote prostrate health by taking a warm bath, drinking plenty of water, taking Zinc and vitamin C supplements and avoiding horseback riding, bicycle riding and other exercises that might irritate the region below the prostrate.
When to seek further professional advice
As soon as your symptoms lead you to suspect an enlarged or infected prostate. As an enlarged prostrate could be a sign of cancer.
Saw palmetto, horsetail, clivers, anise, ginseng, couch grass and nettle are a few of the herbs which may be helpful for benign enlargements. A homeopathic practitioner will be able to help treat prostate enlargement and prostatitis as there a number of medications available, he will also be able to tell you which medication is best for you.
There are a number of options available to you if you suffer from an enlarged prostrate. Surgery, however is used only if there is no other option. Prostatitis is usually cured by a course of antibiotics. Self checks should be done to monitor the progress and to ensure that there are no other problems. If you are doubtful consult your doctor.
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