AN INTRODUCTION TO BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY (BPH):
Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia occurs when the prostatic epithelial and stromal cells get enlarged. This forms prominent nodules within the periurethral region of the prostate. Due to the enlargement of these nodules, the urethral canal gets compressed. This causes partial or else even complete obstruction of the urethra. Such obstructions eventually interfere with the normal flow of urine. You must also be aware that if benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia is left untreated or unattended to, this medical complication could become a progressive disease.
It is not only very interesting but also important to know that benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia may sometimes cause an elevation in prostate specific antigen levels. But, what is good to know is that these elevated prostate specific antigen (a natural protein produced by the cells within the prostate gland) levels, which are caused as a result of inflammation due to urinary tract infections and an increase in organ volume are not categorized as premalignant or precancerous lesions (a disease syndrome which if left untreated, might sometimes lead to the development of cancer).
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY (BPH):
The signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia may be classified into two categories.
• Storage symptoms:
The storage symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia include urinary frequency, urgency (a compelling need that cannot be controlled), nocturia (need to urinate while sleeping) and urgency incontinence.
• Voiding symptoms:
The void symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia include straining to void, feeble urinary stream, hesitancy (you need to wait for the flow of urine to start), dribbling and intermittency (when the flow of urine starts and then stops).
HOW TO DIAGNOSE BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY (BPH):
There are numerous types of medical complications which will all indicate that you could be suffering from benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia. If you do begin to experience any of these medical complications that have been mentioned below, you must speak with your healthcare professional immediately.
Some of these medical complications have been mentioned as follows:
• Bladder pain
• Post – urination dribble
• Urinary bladder stones
• Irritation while urinating
• Irregular urges to urinate
• Urinary hesitancy (weak urinary stream)
• Urinating more frequently than necessary
• Nocturia (the urge to urinate while asleep)
• Dysuria (pain experienced while urinating)
• Incontinence (leakage of urine involuntarily)
• The urinary bladder has not been emptied properly
• Complications experienced during the ejaculation process
• Urinary retention (prolonged emptying of the urinary bladder)
• Increased chances of experiencing various types of urinary tract infections
MEDICATIONS PRESCRIBED TO TREAT BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY (BPH):
If you are suffering from benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia, it is mandatory that you take only those particular medications that have been prescribed by your healthcare professional. Please refrain from taking any other medications or adopting any remedies that you have not cross – checked with your healthcare professional first.
These effective medications that have been mentioned below, have helped patients feel much better!
• Advodart (Dutasteride)
• UroXatral (Alfuzosin Hydrochloride)
OTHER TREATMENT TYPES THAT HELP BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY (BPH):
Besides the above mentioned medications, there are certain other methods that may be adopted to effectively treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or benign prostatic hyperplasia. But, you must be sure to consult your healthcare professional first.
• Select herbal remedies
• Minimally invasive therapies