What is it- This is a condition that causes the head of the penis to become sore, tender and sometimes swell.
Symptoms- Soreness at the head of the penis, sometimes the foreskin is difficult to retract (phimosis), itchiness, painful to pass urine, swelling at the tip or the penis, redness, and sometimes a discharge is also present.
Causes– These include hygiene issues such as not washing the penis often enough, fungal infections, bacterial infections, skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema as well as allergic reactions to latex, or even irritants such as soaps and shower gels.
Treatments- These include good hygiene and avoiding possible irritants. However it usually requires medications such as antifungal creams or steroids and in more severe cases, antibiotics.
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What is it– This is a very common condition in men over the age of 50. It is where the gland known as the prostate that is positioned between the bladder and the penis gets bigger over time. This causes pressure on the bladder and urethra and can cause many of the symptoms. It is not linked to prostate cancer.
Symptom- Difficulty in fully emptying the bladder, feeling the need to frequently pass urine, urgency, increase nigh time urination (known as nocturia), terminal dribbling after passing urine, recurrent urine infections
IF YOU FEEL THE SUDDEN ONSET OF A FAILURE TO PASS URINE PLEASE CALL 111 IMMEDIATELY OR ATTEND YOUR NEAREST AE DEPARTMENT AS IT IS A POSSIBLIOTY THAT DUE TO BPH YOU HAVE GONE INTO URINARY RETENTION AND WILL REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION.
Treatment- This usually involves lifestyle such as alcohol intake reduction and regular exercise and diet changes. There are also different medications that can be prescribed to help reduce the size of the prostate and help relax the bladder.
It may be that we need to do additional tests to confirm if the symptoms are in fact caused by Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (enlargement), our GPs can offer a referral to our specialist urology colleagues who can then if required do additional test to confirm the diagnosis.
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What is it- Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition in which a man struggles to achieve or maintain an erection long enough for intercourse. It can also be a sign of underlying medical problems as well as a psychological problem and can have huge impact upon relationships and mental wellbeing. It is particularly common in men over the age of 40
Causes– These include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, alcohol intake excess, and on some occasions a deficiency in hormones. It is therefore important that some tests be carried out to investigate further the reason for the symptom and our GPs can advise on this if necessary.
Treatment- Includes simple lifestyle changes such as weight loss, healthy balanced diet, reduction in stress and anxiety with techniques such as CBT, Counselling , or Sex Therapists. Sometimes medication is needed called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors such as Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil).
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What is it- This is a normal process of hair loss as men get older and can be passed down from families.
Symptoms- Receding hairline i.e. hair moving away from your forehead and even notice your hair is getting thinner.
Treatments- There are various treatments that may or may not work. These range from a variety medications from oral to topical treatments through to surgical treatments such as implants and hair transplants.
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