All About Gynecomastia – What Is It? What Are Its Symptoms? How Can It Be Treated?

All About Gynecomastia – What Is It? What Are Its Symptoms? How Can It Be Treated?
October 21 13:30 2017 Print This Article

For the ones that aren’t aware about Gynecomastia, it is basically a condition that makes the breast tissue to swell in men as well as young boys. It usually happens due to hormonal imbalance. While it is true that breasts don’t develop in men like the way it does in women, all men are born with small amount of the breast tissue.

When a boy goes through puberty or when the body of an old man produces less testosterone, balance of two hormones, estrogens and androgens, drastically changes. When that happens, high percentage of the estrogens may cause the breast tissue in men to swell.  

Symptoms and signs of Gynecomastia

As mentioned above, Gynekomastia is the enlargement glandular tissue instead of fatty tissues in men. It is generally proportionate to the size of nipple and might have firm or rubbery feel.

It normally occurs on both the sides, but can be unilateral in some of the cases. The enlargement might be greater on one side even if both the breasts are swollen. Some kind of sensitivity and tenderness might be present, but there is no severe pain involved.

There are many things that can trigger hormonal imbalance, which can lead to enhanced male breast. However, the exact cause might not be known. Apart from body changes as a result of aging and puberty, some of the things that may cause gynecomastia are as follows.

  • Thyroid since hormones from the gland control sexual development and overall growth.
  • Diseases or injury that may affect testicles, which are responsible for making testosterone.
  • Some of the cancers including tumours of lungs, adrenal glands, or pituitary gland.
  • Medications for a few illness including cancer, heart disease, ulcers, or depression.
  • Illegal drugs including heroin, marijuana, steroids, and so forth.
  • Obesity that may result in more estrogens.
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney failure

What treatment options do you have to reduce or cure Gynecomastia?

The Health Clinic offers the best treatment to address Gynecomastia. The medications that are being used to treat this medical condition in men are as follows.

  • Testosterone replacement has been quite effective in the older men having low levels of testosterone. However, it might not be very effective for the men having normal male hormone levels.
  • SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) has shown great results by reducing the volume of breast in patients suffering from Gynecomastia. This kind of therapy is more often used for painful or severe gynecomastia.
  • Danazol is synthetic derivative of testosterone believed to decrease the synthesis of estrogen by testes. It actually works by inhibition of the pituitary secretion of follicle-stimulating hormone and LH.

Medications can be effective especially during early stages of Gynecomastia. After tissue has become scarred, the medications may not be of much use. Reduction mammoplasty has been widely used in some of the severe cases or where medications haven’t been effective to restore normal breast appearance.

Author’s Bio:

This post has been written by Jesus Cervantez. If you are suffering from Gynekomastia, it is best that you consult one of the experts at The Health Clinic. You can visit their website to check out the services offered by them as well as book an appointment. They have a team of medical professionals to help you recover in the best possible way.

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