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Health Tip: Caring For an Enlarged Prostate

Health Tip: Caring For an Enlarged Prostate

09/01/11

(HealthDay News) -- As men age, it's common to develop an enlarged prostate, which can cause symptoms that include slowed urination, painful urination and a strong and sudden urge to urinate.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests how to manage mild symptoms of an enlarged prostate:

  • Go to the bathroom often, and urinate as soon as you feel the need.
  • Restrict caffeine and alcohol, particularly after dinner.
  • Restrict fluids within two hours of bedtime, and spread out fluid intake throughout the day.
  • Avoid over-the-counter medications that contain antihistamines or decongestants, which can worsen symptoms.
  • Get regular exercise and try to stay warm.
  • Limit stress when possible.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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