There are many ways that one can treat an enlarged prostate once it has been diagnosed. Benign Prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is the medical term for this problem. One does not have to worry too much if the symptoms are mild, as it can be treated effectively in the initial stages.
However, if problems such as Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) occur, then one has to start medication immediately to avoid further problems with the BHP. Approved medication is available for tackling an enlarged prostate effectively. They are:
1. Finasteride: In 1992 this drug was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). One of the reasons for this condition is DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which is formed in the body. Finasteride has proved successful, as it has actually been able to shrink the prostate gland in several cases.
2. Dutasteride: This drug is another FDI approved medicine that is used to effectively stop the DHT from forming.
3. Tamsulosin: Unlike the drugs mentioned above, this drug does not stop the formation of DHT. Tamsulosin, approved by FDA in 1997, focuses on the muscles of the bladder and prostate. It helps to relax these muscles so that the urine flows easily.
The above drugs are suggested, when problems such as bladder stones, UTI, bladder or kidney damage occurs with BHP diagnoses. If these problems persist then there may be a need for surgery, as the quality of life is affected when a patient suffers. The enlarged prostate is surgically removed and the patient is able to pass urine freely with a normal flow.
It is entirely possible that one can develop this condition without suffering any further complications. The doctor can prudently observe the symptoms and decide whether he wishes to prescribe any medication. He will make a decision as to whether drugs need to be prescribed, as and when any adverse development takes place. If the problem still persists, he will take a call on the need for a surgical procedure.
It is a fact that nearly all men end up with an enlarged prostate as they advance in years. This affliction is not life threatening, such as cancer for instance. In some cases, neglect can give rise to other health problems such as bladder stones, urinary infection, hypertension or even kidney damage. The common medical terms for this condition are either “benign prostatic hypertrophy” or “benign prostatic hyperplasia” (BPH.) A PSA test done by a medical examiner will detect cancerous cell, if any in the area. Based on this, one can determine the treatment to be prescribed to remedy the situation.
There is no specific cause that can be attributed to a person, suffering from an enlarged prostate. However, performing a surgery can cause further complications, as the gland is very delicate and needs tremendous skill. Impotence and problems, such as incontinence are the dangers that may occur if the surgery is not skillfully carried out. The doctor will make a note of the patient’s medical history and also feel the gland with a rectal examination that is digitally performed. The medication suggested by the urologist should effectively lower the hormone levels that are produced by the prostate decrease BPH symptoms. The urine flow rate should automatically increase when the size of the prostate is reduced. Decision on whether a surgery is actually required, is taken when a final diagnoses is made by the surgeon after inspecting the size and severity of the problems surrounding the prostate gland.
Treating the Enlarged Prostate with Natural Remedies
Herbal supplements are used by some patients as a natural remedy for treating this problem. Saw Palmetto oil is considered to be one of the leading 10 remedies for effectively arresting the enlarged prostate gland. It is used with other herbs successfully to counter the problems. The other herbs that provide nutrients are Selenium, Betal Sitosterol, Lycopene, Campesterol, Beta Sitosterol, Uva Ursi and Zinc. Borage oil and Cod liver oil help to a large extent. One should ensure that their diet is enriched with fiber, so that their colon is maintained in a clean condition.
The use of Zinc in treating prostate glands, whether it is inflamed or enlarged cannot be undermined. It is therefore advisable to raise the serum zinc levels, rather than have a deficit of zinc in the blood to eliminate further problems.
An ideal amount of zinc that should be consumed daily is 50 to 100 milligrams. This helps to reduce the enlarged gland. Once the gland reaches its normal size, one should continue to take about 15 milligrams daily to ensure that it does not grow again.
Homeopathic Medicine as a remedy
Homeopathic Medicine is one of the most popularly sought after treatments for BHP. Cubeba is an important ingredient that gives tremendous relief to patients, who suffer from a tight constriction immediately after urinating. If one is suffering from incontinence or urine retention, Chimaphila umbellata helps to alleviate the condition.
As long as the homeopathic remedies are approved by the GMP and FDA facilities and listed in the HPUS (Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia), you are assured of quality and results.
The ultimate decision lies with the patient. One can continue to suffer discomfort or take the necessary action to ease oneself out of an uncomfortable situation by taking a decisive action.