A small amount of blood in your urine can turn your urine pink or red. The blood can be originating from your kidneys, bladder, or urethra and can be caused by a benign or more serious condition. A common cause of blood in the urine is a urinary tract infection or bladder infection. Sometimes the amount of blood is so small, it can only be detected by lab tests. Other common causes of this condition include kidney infections, kidney stones, and even certain types of cancer. The various causes of blood in the urine make it important to get it checked out by a doctor.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Anyone can have blood in the urine, but people with the conditions causing blood in the urine are of course more likely to have the problem. Women with urinary infections, men with prostate disease, extreme athletes, and those with anatomic and cancerous problems in their urinary tract are at highest risk. It is also common to confuse certain food ingredients with blood, including beets, food dye, and medications: these can all turn your urine abnormal colors.
BLOOD IN THE URINE (HEMATURIA) SYMPTOMS
Blood in the urine will be obvious to most people, it turns your urine a pink or red color. If you have this symptoms alone, it can be a marker of a serious or benign condition, so ensure that you talk to your doctor. Blood in the urine and back or stomach pain can sometimes be kidney stones. Blood in the urine following vigorous exercise, such as marathon running is caused by the repeated damage to your blood cells during the activity. Many other symptoms and diseases can be related to blood in the urine, so talking to a doctor is the most important thing to do if you have this symptom.
Diagnosis and Blood in the urine (hematuria) Treatment
If you notice that your urine contains blood, you should contact a doctor for testing. Typically you will have urine samples sent for analysis to ensure it is blood and test for problems such as urinary tract infections. If you have other symptoms suggestive of another disease, such as the pain associated with kidney stones, your doctor will likely order tests to help diagnose those conditions, in the case of kidney stones this usually means an x ray or a CT scan.
Treatment for blood in the urine will vary depending on its cause. For urinary and bladder infections, the treatment is antibiotics. For that caused by exercise, usually the symptoms will go away within a day or so. More persistent blood in the urine can be a marker for serious disease and will be treated based on the underlying cause. If no cause is found on the initial work-up, repeated testing and follow-up appointments are necessary to ensure no serious condition is present.
How PlushCare Works
1. Video chat with your PlushCare physician and tell them about your symptoms.
2. The doctor will diagnose you or even send you to a local lab to drop off a urine sample.
3. Have a followup visit to discuss results or let the doctor know how the treatment is working.