Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

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Benign Prostatic HyperplasiaThe prostate gland is responsible for secretion of the semen which contains the sperm out from the testicles during ejaculation. The size of the prostate increases as a man ages, thus leading to prostate health problem such as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is also otherwise called as enlarged prostate, benign prostatic hypertrophy, and BPH. A simple pathophysiology states that as the prostate enlarges in BPH, it presses against the urethra and causes a man to have difficulty in urination. Statistics says that 80 percent of men who are 80 years old and up suffer from the condition.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Causes

A cause of BPH apart from its growth is linked to be increases testosterone level especially during the puberty stage. Stress does not have anything to do with the occurrence of enlargement of the prostate since it’s more of the body’s mechanism. However, exact causes are still unknown.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Sensation for the need to urinate
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Weak, and interrupted urine stream
  • Blood in urine
  • Leaking of urine

BPH Treatment

Usually, the treatment for the condition depends on the symptoms and complications in men like bladder infections. In severe cases, surgery called trans-urethral resection of the prostate, laser procedures, and microwave therapy which relieve the symptoms of the enlarged prostate. Medications are also given to those men with severe symptoms of BPH such as the use of alpha blockers and inhibitors to relax the muscle in the prostate.

On the other hand, behavioral therapy may also be done at home to help alleviate symptoms and prevent progression to any bladder problems. With the absence of any drug, you can perform some of the home remedies to care for the problem:

  • Limit consumption of diuretic drinks such as alcohol, caffeine, etc since they will make you urinate more.
  • You can also try to pee as much as you can and try to relax the muscles on your prostate and urinate again.
  • Avoid salty and spicy foods.
  • Drink atleast 8-10 glasses of fluid daily to prevent bladder infections.
  • Avoid OTC meds which can give you a hard time urinating such as antihistamines.
  • Take sitz baths regularly.
  • Saw palmetto has been making a name on how to treat BPH naturally.
  • Drinking cranberry or carrot juice may also be done as home remedies for the issue.

There is no reason to be alarmed if you have BPH, since there is no tumor present in the condition and it is not cancerous. However, as a man ages, he must perform regular screening to prevent any untoward health consequences and provide proper care to any conditions present. Stay healthy!

 

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