Blood in the urine

Blood in the urine can be a symptom of some serious disorders related to kidney or urinary tract. The medical term for the blood in urine is hematuria. If the blood is clearly visible while urinating it is called hematuria and if the blood is detected only under a microscope is called microscopic hematuria. Anyone can have this condition including children and teens, but the people with certain factors are at a higher risk of having hematuria.

  • People with these factors are likely to have the risk of getting hematuria.
  • Having a family history of kidney diseases
  • Men with enlarged prostate glands
  • People with the history of kidney stones
  • People taking pain relievers and antibiotics
  • People carrying out strenuous activities can develop this condition

Causes of Blood in Urine

There are many reasons to have blood in the urine. People may have blood while urinating during menstruation, after sexual activity, due to injuries or due to urinary tract infection (UTI). Apart from these, there are various other serious reasons to have blood in the urine. They are:

  • Kidney, Bladder or Prostate Cancer
  • Injury to the kidneys due to accidents or other reasons
  • It can be a sign of polycystic kidney disease
  • Sickle cell disease (shortage of healthy blood red cells)
  • Due to strenuous activities

Symptoms of Hematuria

  • In the case of microscopic hematuria no symptom is visible.
  • In the case of gross hematuria urine turns to pink, red or brownish color.
  • It may feel pain while urinating
  • Sometimes it may not show any signs and symptoms

Treatment for blood in the urine

Treatment for blood in urine depends upon the cause of the problem. For instance,

  • Antibiotics are given to treat an infection
  • Surgery to remove kidney and bladder stones
  • Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for kidney or bladder cancer
  • Medications to shrink enlarged prostate glands

When to seek the help of a doctor?

Many of the causes of blood in the urine are serious and it is important to seek medical attention for the first time when you see blood. Even the small blood drops cannot be ignored. Seek emergency help if you feel difficulty and pain while urinating. Ignoring this can trigger higher consequences on your health.

If you find such symptoms, seek medical help immediately. You can get the best treatment for urological diseases at Dr. Anandan's Uro-Andrology Clinic. Dr. Anandan is a renowned and experienced urologist. He and his medical team can treat all kinds of Uro-Andrology problems effectively with the best available treatments. For more details, contact- Dr. Anandan's Uro-Andrology Clinic, Chennai. Call@ 9840454640. 

Authored By Dr. N. Anandan

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Dr. N. Anandan is a senior consultant at Kauvery hospital and Apollo spectra hospitals in Chennai

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