How to check the prostate in men and determine the presence of prostatitis?
The specifics of the problem
Prostatitis is an inflammatory disease of the prostate gland (prostate). The prostate is only in men, therefore, prostatitis is a purely male disease.
Doctors distinguish two stages of the disease - acute and chronic. Insidious prostatitis is that its acute stage is of short duration, one to two months. After that, the process becomes chronic. The chronic form causes serious changes in the body and difficult to treat.
How to determine prostatitis in time? You need to consult a doctor at the first signs of the disease.
For men who are at risk, as well as those who are over 50, an annual prostate exam is required.
How to check the status of the prostate? The doctor performs a digital rectal examination. This is the easiest and most effective way to detect prostate cancer at an early stage. The procedure of digital rectal examination is painless, but gives many men the psychological discomfort. It is to overcome for the sake of his health.
Before the procedure the doctor puts on a glove and does the finger grease, and then inserts a finger into the colon of the patient. The prostate is located directly in front of the rectum, so the doctor can easily test its posterior surface. Condition of the prostate checked at the touch. If a touch to her sensitive for men, it can be a sign of presence of inflammatory process in the prostate.
In addition to the rectal examination the doctor will prescribe some tests that help to clarify the diagnosis.
Chronic prostatitis L. M. gorilovsky, M. B. Zingerenko, RMAPO, Moscow, journal of the Attending physician, No. 7 2003