The prostate gland is a small gland that is an important part of the male reproductive tract. It is located between the rectum and the bladder and is called chestnut because its shape and size resemble a chestnut.
The prostate plays a very important role in the creation of seminal fluid during ejaculation but also in maintaining spermatozoa in life and function, given that the prostate is responsible for the substances that have this function in the seminal fluid. Any prostate problem greatly worsens a man’s quality of life.
POSSIBLE PROSTATE PROBLEMS
Prostate problems are among the most common diseases affecting the male population. These problems appear as benign prostatic hyperplasia, as inflammation or prostatitis, as prostatodynia or as prostate cancer.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia occurs in men over 50 years of age, although it can occur earlier and is most often manifested through frequent or difficult urination and pain that occurs during urination.
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer that occurs in men along with colon and lung cancer. It most often affects men over the age of 50 and it occurs even earlier. In men over 80 years of age this disease is very common.
Inflammation of the prostate or prostatitis can be indicated by pain in the pubic region and in the groin and genital area and most often the first sign is a burning sensation in the groin. Sexual dysfunction is one of the conditions for which the cause is sought in prostate inflammation. Inflammation of the prostate is characterized by strong and sharp pains in the prostate area.
Prostatitis can be acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is characterized by elevated body temperature, painful and difficult urination and even blood in the urine or urinary retention. A feeling of malaise also accompanies this condition. Chronic inflammation of the prostate does not have such visible symptoms, their progression is gradual, so the symptoms are often attributed to age or some other natural processes.
The most common causes of prostate inflammation are the existence of an infection with a simultaneous decline in immunity, which sets good conditions for the development of infection. Sexually transmitted diseases and some medical procedures such as the placement of a catheter or some endoscopic procedures are also a risk for prostate inflammation.
PROSTATE TREATMENT AT HOME
Depending on the problem that befell the patient, the treatment is determined. Here we will focus on conditions that do not require surgical intervention, such as prostate cancer.
The treatment of prostatitis consists in the treatment of the place where the infection originated (the entrance door of the infection), because it is a problematic place exposed to some changes which left a fertile ground for the development of the infection. It also acts on the cause of the infection and boosting immunity plays a very important role. The treatment of inflammation does not go without the application of antibiotic therapy, which primarily has an affinity for prostate tissue and, of course, based on the antibiogram.
Medicines are also given to calm the inflammation. Treatment with herbal preparations is also important and natural therapy that alleviates symptoms and eases patients’ complaints is also desirable. Treatment with herbal preparations is recommended for a longer period of time, even when the symptoms disappear, all in order to prevent the appearance of problems again.
CAN INCREASED FLUID INTAKE HELP TREAT PROSTATE?
One of the means that help in the treatment, not as the main therapy, but as an auxiliary means, is the treatment of the prostate with water.
First of all, it is important to consume sufficient amounts of water, because reduced water intake, and reduced emptying of the bladder, can lead to an infection that also affects the prostate and can lead to its inflammation.
Men who already have a problem with urination due to the prostate, whether it is difficult or frequent, nocturnal urination or painful urination – decide to drink less water, in order to prevent frequent goings to the toilet. This is basically a bad decision, because the condition only worsens, because frequent and insufficient water consumption can cause problems with the prostate.
BATHS AND THE PROSTATE HEATING
A method that helps to make better use of medication therapy is a warm bath. This is a method that anyone can afford themselves and at home without professional help, but it is important that you know how to apply it correctly.
This alternative method is not desirable only for those patients who have been diagnosed with an acute form of bacterial prostatitis. Basically, its application does not cause any side effects and it is beneficial in alleviating pain and other symptoms of prostatitis or pelvic pain syndrome. It has a positive effect on improving circulation.
HOW TO MAKE A PROSTATE BATH?
Warm sitz bath therapy is applied as follows:
- Make a warm bath with hot water, but not too hot, but hot so that it does not burn the skin.
- The water should be up to the hips or navel and not cover other parts of the body, in order to direct the heat only to the painful part of the body and to increase circulation only in the part where the prostate is located.
- You should bathe in such warm water from half an hour to 40 minutes and as the bath cools down naturally, hot water should be added carefully in order to maintain the required temperature.
- After the bath, the patient should get up slowly and take a shower with cold water as much as possible, especially in the prostate area with a gentle massage. This part should take about 20 minutes.
- After the massage process, it is necessary to drink two large glasses of water.
- How often this bath will be applied is determined by the doctor.
The second variant of using a hot bath is a little more demanding both physically and in terms of space and required materials.
Namely, in this variant, hot and cold baths are applied alternately, hot for three minutes, then cold for one minute. It is necessary to have hot and cold water in two troughs and to be able to sit in them. The amount of water is the same as in the first case so up to the hips or navel. This procedure (hot-cold) should be repeated three times in a row and it is good to apply this method three to four times a week.
The third type of prostate heating with water is induced water thermotherapy. This therapy is preferred for benign prostatic hyperplasia but also for inflammatory processes of the prostate gland. This method is somewhat more invasive because it is performed with the help of a catheter, which is inserted through the penis and aims to directly heat the prostate tissue. Such a process lasts about 45 minutes and is performed exclusively in specialist urology offices.
A final note! Whichever alternative method you use in treatment or as a supplement in treatment, it is important that it be with the consent of the doctor conducting the treatment and never on your own. If the condition worsens despite treatment you should contact your doctor.