What does an inflamed prostate indicate?


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MedlinePlus notes that an inflamed prostate, also known as an enlarged prostate, is an indication that the gland has grown bigger, which is common in nearly all men as they age. When the prostate grows larger, it can start to bear down on the urethra and lead to bladder and urination problems.

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is another name for an inflamed prostate, according to MedlinePlus. The condition isn't cancer, nor does it increase a man's risk of prostate cancer. As of 2014, the exact cause of an inflamed prostate has yet to be discovered. It has been said that the condition is so common that every man experiences an enlarged prostate if he lives long enough. An excess of roughly 90 percent of men over the age of 80 have an inflamed prostate.

According to MedlinePlus, some of the indications of an enlarged prostate include not being able to urinate, dribbling upon completion of urination, incontinence, poor urine stream, pain during urination and having to urinate at least two times during the night.

Self-care treatments for an inflamed prostate include avoiding alcohol and caffeine, urinating when the urge first occurs, regular exercise and keeping warm. There are also specific medicines, such as alpha 1-blockers and dutasteride, that can be used to treat the condition, according to MedlinePlus.

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