Warning Signs of an Enlarged Prostate
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Before going to talk about warning signs, let’s first discuss about what enlarged prostate actually is? Enlarged Prostate is an increase in the size of the prostate, and it doesn’t happen due to cancer. Another medical term for enlarged prostate is BPE (Benign Prostatic Enlargement). Benign means non-cancerous, prostatic dictates- related to the prostate gland and enlargement means an increase in size. This problem is very much common in men over the age of about fifty. The prostate gland is located underneath the bladder, and when it starts getting bigger, it leads to the Urine blockage through the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis) and thus, causes a problem while urinating.
The reason for the enlargement of the prostate is an increase in the number of cells which is also termed as hyperplasia. The actual reason is still unknown, but some factors are present that includes androgens (male hormones), growth factors, estrogens and other cell signaling pathways. In some cases, blockage due to prostate enlargement can lead to UTI (Urinary tract infection) and therefore leads to bladder or kidney failure. It can also lead to the inability to urinate and thus should be taken care from the early stage.
What are the early signs and symptoms of an enlarged prostate?
Many men suffering from this problem have no signs and symptoms, but if someone is showing any sign, then for most of the men, the bathroom runs every night can be the initial sign of an enlarged prostate. Other symptoms include leaking or problem in the stream of urine or dribbling and a few others which we will discuss one by one.
Difficulty while urinating.
Leaking of urine.
Blood in the urine.
A weak stream of urination.
Dribbling at the time of urination.
A sense of not fully emptying the bladder.
Sudden urge to urinate, especially at night time.
There are some serious signs and symptoms also when you should call your doctor on a serious note.
If you are suffering from fever or chills or having nausea/vomiting, or if the enlargement worsens and symptoms like blood in the urine or lower back pain occur, then it’s time to call your doctor immediately. For acute symptoms, like when you are unable to urinate, you must call for emergency help. Even if a man with age above 50 having no symptom, he should also go for annual check up to avoid any misshapen.
It is rightly said that prevention is better than cure. Everybody should once go for routine check up to avoid the unwanted situations. If you have BPE, then you should consult your doctor and take proper medication to treat it as soon as possible. These things are small but should not be neglected because sometimes this minor negligence can put us in that situation from where there is no possibility of coming back. Care for yourself first because Health is Wealth!