The male prostate gland, a small organ located under the bladder, wraps around the urethra. The prostate aids in bladder control and sexual function. This gland produces about one-third of the secretions found in semen. As a man gets older, it's normal for the prostate to get larger and become swollen. A swollen prostate can affect your ability to urinate. Your doctor can properly diagnose a swollen prostate by performing a rectal examination.
One of the most common medical treatments for a swollen prostate gland is with antibiotics. If your doctor finds the prostate to be swollen and infected, he may prescribe medications to shrink and relax the prostate gland. Antibiotic treatment can take several days to relieve symptoms and restore normal function.
The fastest relief for a swollen prostate can usually be found in warm baths. Fill the tub with water as warm as you can stand it and soak for 20 minutes at a time. This relaxes the muscles and shrinks the prostate. The warm water can also help to relieve urinary symptoms by releasing urine from the bladder.
Your local health food store will have several natural home remedies available that help ease the discomfort from a swollen prostate. Epilobium parviflorum is an anti-inflammatory drug that helps to shrink the prostate. Hypoxis rooperi promotes prostate health, boosts the immune system and guards against urinary tract infections.