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Male Incontinence Symptoms and Treatment

What is urinary Incontinence?
Unintentional or involuntary leakage of urine during any time of the day or night is termed as Urinary Incontinence or enuresis. For the urinary system to work in harmony, a set of muscles, nerves, urinary bladder and urethra team up and help the body to rid itself of liquid waste. Any disruption in this harmony results in unwanted discharge of urine causing tremendous emotional dismay and might subject the patient to face severe social discomfort.Must-know facts about urinary incontinence in men –

  • Though women are recorded to suffer more from this ailment, men are occasionally diagnosed with severe cases. Between 2% to 15% men suffering from UI age between 15 to 64 while 15% of men are above 60.
  • Prostate trouble is known to be the humbug in most cases. According to Dr.Steers (MD, Department of Urology, Virginia School of Medicine), most of the male patients consulting him for Stress Urinary Incontinence have undergone surgery for Prostate cancer.
  • With age, the muscles controlling bladder activity tends to lose strength and subsequently relaxing its capacity to restrain the urine inside the bladder. Obesity or increased weight imposes more abdominal pressure and deteriorates bladder functions even more.
  • Parkinson’s Disease, a common ailment affecting men contributes to Urinary Incontinence.
  • Cigarette smoking, extensive alcoholism, spinal injury, diabetes and any sort of neurological disorder add to the risk of running this disease.

Detecting UI (SYMPTOMS)

  1. Sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate. This can occur right after the patient has urinated in large amounts.
  2. Feeling the necessity to urinate repeatedly throughout the day and many times during the night.
  3. Involuntary urination while coughing, laughing or running.
  4. Passing of urine while asleep. In the reverse case, the patient might have to stay awake all night in order to urinate frequently. This is termed as Nocturia.
  5. Usual side- effects include nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, fatigue, insomnia etc.

Treating Urinary Incontinence

  • Physicians advocate natural remedies to be the best. Behavioral modification and exercises are majorly recommended. Kegel exercise tops the chart.
  • A healthy diet is important. Drinking enough water keeps the system free of toxins and render it odorless. Doctors prescribe enough greens and fruit juices.
  • Detection and evaluation of the disease at the right time is crucial. The patient is required to undergo certain tests and exams as specified by the physician.
  • If the case is diagnosed with severity, the patient might need to go through a process of electrical stimulation, and finally surgery.
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