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close this bookWhere There Is No Doctor - A Village Health Care Handbook (Hesperian Foundation, 1993, 516 p.)
close this folderChapter 18 - THE URINARY SYSTEM AND THE GENITALS
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View the documentUrinary Tract Infections
View the documentKidney or Bladder Stones
View the documentEnlarged Prostate Gland
View the documentDiseases Spread By Sexual Contact (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
View the documentGonorrhea (Clap, VD, the Drip) and Chlamydia
View the documentSyphilis
View the documentBubos: Bursting Lymph Nodes in the Groin (Lymphogranuloma Venereum)
View the documentHow and When to Use a Catheter (A Rubber Tube to Drain Urine from the Bladder)
View the documentProblems of Women
View the documentVaginal Discharge (a mucus or pus-like stuff that comes from the vagina)
View the documentHow a Woman Can Avoid Many Infections
View the documentPain or Discomfort in the Lower Central Part of a Woman's Belly
View the documentMen and Women Who Are Not Able to Have Children (Infertility)

Enlarged Prostate Gland

This condition is most common in men over 40 years old. It is caused by a swelling of the prostate gland, which is between the bladder and the urinary tube (urethra).

· The person has difficulty in passing urine and sometimes in having a bowel movement. The urine may only dribble or drip or become blocked completely. Sometimes the man is not able to urinate for days.

· If he has a fever, this is a sign that infection is also present.

Treatment for an enlarged prostate:

· If the person cannot urinate, he should try sitting in a tub of hot water, like this: If this does not work, a catheter may be needed.

· If he has a fever, use an antibiotic such as ampicillin or tetracycline.

· Get medical help. Serious or chronic cases may require surgery.


Note: Both prostate trouble and gonorrhea (or chlamydia) can also make it hard to pass urine. In older men it is more likely to be an enlarged prostate. However, a younger man - especially one who has recently had sex with an infected person - probably has gonorrhea or chlamydia.