Complications from Prostate Problems

Your prostate is a small gland that is partly responsible for making semen. It’s below your bladder and wrapped around your urethra. Men, especially older men, are at risk for several different prostate problems. 

Dr. Floyd Seskin performs prostate screenings for patients who have risk factors for particular prostate problems. A prostate exam is the first step in identifying prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis, or other issues with your prostate. 

Prostatitis

If you’re under the age of 50 and you’re having prostate issues, chances are high that you have prostatitis, or an inflamed prostate. It’s a fairly common urinary tract issue. 

Prostatitis can be caused by a bacterial infection, and it may be acute or short term, or recurring and referred to as chronic. Prostatitis itself is not a sexually transmitted infection, but it can be caused by chlamydia and gonorrhea. 

Some common symptoms of prostatitis include: 

If you have chronic prostatitis, these symptoms may develop slowly and last for three months or longer. They may come and go, or be present all the time, or seem very mild. 

BPH

BPH, sometimes called prostate gland enlargement, is more common in older men. The size of your prostate doesn’t dictate how severe your symptoms are. Some men with only a slightly enlarged prostate have severe symptoms, while some men with extremely enlarged prostate glands only have mild symptoms. 

Some of the symptoms of BPH include: 

There are several treatments for BPH, and the one best for you depends on several factors, such as your overall health, the size of your enlargement, and the symptoms you’re experiencing. 

Complications from prostatitis or BPH

Whether you have an inflamed prostate or an enlarged prostate, you may have some complications. For example, either condition can cause urinary tract infections because you may not be able to fully empty your bladder. 

Another problem is the need to be catheterized because you suddenly can’t urinate. Bladder stones can develop as a result of being unable to fully empty your bladder. Your bladder may also be damaged from being stretched too far. 

If you think you have a high risk of prostate problems because of your age or a family history, book an appointment with Dr. Seskin to discuss your concerns. Catching problems early limits the likelihood of complications developing. 

You can schedule your appointment by calling 305-792-6905.

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