Posted on Apr 17, 2008 | Comments 1
The onset of Peyronie’s disease may be sudden or slow and the severity of this disease can vary from person to person. This condition is quite painful and it is difficult to treat.
Approximately 1% of the male population is facing this problem and most commonly is seen between the ages of 45-60, although it can happen in young ones and older ones also.
Peyronie’s disease is characterized by the formation of fibrosis in the penis causing pain, curvature, and distortion of the penis during erection.
How to know that you are suffering from the peyronie’s disease?
Do you have pain during erection, curve in the penis during erection, hardening tissue in the penis, or distortion of the penis? Then you might have Peyronie’s disease.
If there are plaques in several areas, it results in incomplete erection. Also, the pain and curvature of the penis leads to erectile dysfunction.
The exact cause of Peyronie’s disease is still unknown, but there are several cases that result in Peyronie’s disease. Trauma to the penis either by injury or invasive penile procedures such as cystoscopy, urethral catheterization, and transurethral prostatectomy can result in this disease.
It is also thought that there is a genetic component related to this condition. It is most commonly seen in men with a family history of having Peyronie’s disease and also if there is systemic lupus erythematosus running in the family.
It is important to know that Peyronie’s disease is an unusual side effect of antihypertensive drugs. On the other hand, there are very limited treatment options for Peyronie’s disease.
Peyronie’s disease – Nonsurgical Treatment!
Nonsurgical treatment will be applied within six months after the onset of symptoms and before the calcification of plaque. In this method, vitamin E supplementation will be given for several months. Chemical agents (calcium channel blockers) and enzymes that break down the connective tissue will be given and steroids are injected into the plaque.
The side effects of this treatment are tissue atrophy and also there is no documented guarantee of successful results.
Peyronie’s disease – Surgical Treatment!
Surgical treatment is suggested if the nonsurgical treatment fails and the Peyronie’s disease persists. Surgical treatment is considered one year after the onset of this disease.
Surgical procedures involve excision or removal of the hardened tissue and skin grafting, plication or removal of the tissue opposite the plaque to reduce the curvature, penile implant, or a combination of all.
Surgery is the best effective treatment for Peyronie’s disease, but since it resolves on its own, the health care provider advises to wait for one to two years before choosing this option.
Peyronie’s disease – Naturopathic Treatment!
In some cases, naturopathic treatment in combination with conservative treatments is used. Proper nutrition and supplements will be helpful in treating this condition.
However, the goal of treatment is to reduce the pain and maintain the sexual function. If you find any of the signs or symptoms during erection, it is better to consult your health care provider immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of Peyronie’s disease.
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