Blood In Urine – What Does It Mean

Blood In Urine

Blood in urine does not necessarily mean something dire is going on inside your body, but it can be a warning sign that needs to be heeded.  Discolored urine is not always cause for alarm.  Some things you eat or drink may be the cause.  Things like rhubarb, various berries, beets, foods or drinks containing food colors can cause pinkish, brown or orange tinted urine.  The medical terminology for this ailment is hematuria.  Hematuria, in and of itself, is a symptom, not a disease.  There are many various causes, symptoms and treatments for this problem, some being simple and some not so simple.  Below you will find a few causes and treatments for this symptom:

Causes for blood in urine:

Microscopic amounts of blood in urine is usually a symptom of upper urinary tract problems, as in the bladder, urethra or ureters.

If under 40 years of age, kidney stones or urinary tract infections are probably the main cause.

This symptom can occur in older people also.  However, in those over 40, the most common causes for hematuria are cancers of the bladder, prostate or kidney.

Here are few causes for blood in urine that you may be more familiar with:  Urinary tract blockage – mainly in the urethra.  This blockage may be caused by kidney stones, a tumor, or a stricture (narrowing of the urethra opening).   Forms of kidney disease, a blood disorder, or injury to the upper or lower urinary tract can cause blood in the urine.   Viral infections, kidney inflammation, and other sources may also contribute to this symptom.  Diabetes, hypertension and some other chronic diseases also affect the kidneys or urinary tract.  Some medications may have hematuria as a side affect.

Symptoms of blood in urine:

Pain in the side of the body – between the ribs and hip, pain in the lower abdomen or groin pain are some indicators.

A burning sensation or other discomfort when urinating.

Fever or nausea

Loss of appetite

Weight loss Some of these symptoms also relate to kidney stones or other problems.

Treatment for blood in urine:

If you have a urinary tract infection, you will most likely need to take an antibiotic for a few days or a couple of weeks, depending on severity.  If you have kidney stones, you will need to drink lots of water or other liquids to enable you to pass the stones and prevent further stone formation.  Pain medication may also be needed.

Sometimes a more extensive treatment is necessary.  This procedure is extracorporeal shock wave therapy.   This process uses sound waves to pulverize the kidney stones and the pieces pass on through the urinary tract.  There are other treatments but these are the most common.

PRECAUTION:

Anytime you discover you have blood in urine you have passed, especially if combined with any of the other symptoms, seek the help of your physician or emergency medical treatment.  This problem may or may not be severe.  It is best not to take chances with it.

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