A man’s prostate is only the size of a walnut. It sits below the bladder and manufactures seminal fluid. But as a man begins to age his prostate may begin to grow and can become prone to inflammation. This can lead to a number of symptoms and even infections.
There are basically two common types of prostate problems: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and Prostatitis. Here is a bit of information on each of these problems.
Benign Prostatitic Hyperplasia (BPH)
When a man has BPH his prostate will enlarge gradually over time. As it begins to grow it will begin to constrict the urethra which is the tube that urine passes. Men will begin noticing that they don’t seem to be having the same stream as they once did. They may also notice that they seem to be urinating more often and that they experience burning. As time goes on, they also begin to experience kidney infections and in severe cases urine blockages or even kidney failure.
BPH generally begins with men over the age of 50. Almost all men will suffer this condition by the age of 80. However, suffering from BHP will not increase a man’s chance of developing prostate cancer and the condition is treatable, especially if caught early.
Treatment my including changing lifestyle conditions, such as drinking a lot of fluids before bedtime, watching what medications you are taking since some of these such as antidepressants, tranquilizers and even blood pressure medications can help cause this condition.
Treatment can also including being prescribed medications such as an alpha-blocker to help relax the muscles in the prostate. Surgery is only done as a last resort.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease estimate that 10 to 12 percent of men will experience some Prostatitis type symptoms. Prostatitis simply means inflammation of the prostate. Doctors will use this word to describe for different types of disorders:
Chronic Prostatitis may also be called chronic pelvic pain syndrome. This is the most common type of Prostatitis. It causes pain in the groin and or bladder region. Treatment can include many different types of medications including antibiotics, pain medications, and anti-inflammatory drugs as wells as medication to relax the muscles.
Acute bacterial prostatitis
This type of prostatitis will occur suddenly and is generally triggered by a bacteria infection. Symptoms can also include fever, chills, and blood in the urine. Immediate medical attention is required for this type of prostatitis and treatment includes a high dose of antibiotics.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis
This prostatitis is also caused by bacteria. However, it is also caused by a reoccurring bladder infection. Usually a long dose of antibiotics is given to treat this condition.
A symptomatic inflammatory prostatitis
This is a prostatitis condition that has no symptoms. A patient discovers that he is suffering from the condition while be treated or evaluated for something else. Usually, a blood test signals that there is a problem. This prostatitis is generally treated with antibiotics.
If you are a man over 50 or an African-American over 40, the best advice anyone can give you, is to annual get your prostate examined. This is the best way to avoid any possible problems with your prostate. You should also be aware of your body and notice any changes. This can help you recognize when a new health problem may be occurring.