September 18, 2018 Posted By: Sankhya Hospitals 572 viewsRSS
Your urine tells you a lot about your health. While clear urine indicates good health, pale, yellow and cloudy urine can suggest otherwise. While all these might be cause for concerns, what actually triggers anxiety and far is spotting blood in your urine. By no means is that normal and further medical investigations are necessary to understand the causes. There could be multiple reasons for the occurrence, some not so serious, while others posing potential threat.
What could it be?
The condition in which you trace blood in your urine, is called Hematuria, which indicates something being wrong with either your kidneys or other parts of the urinary tract.
Types of Hematuria:
There are two types of hematuria, gross hematuria and microscopic hematuria.
You are said to be suffering from gross hematuria, if the blood is visible in your urine and with microscopic hematuria if traces of blood can only be seen under a microscope.
What could be the causes for blood in urine?
The most common and not so serious, causes of seeing blood in the urine are,
Infection like urinary tract infection (UTI)
There is a possibility of the blood in urine indicating towards something serious, it could be the one of the following,
Kidney or bladder stone
Kidney or bladder cancer
Irritation or swelling in your kidneys, prostate or any other part of the urinary tract
Polycystic kidney disease
Blood clots or diseases that cause problems with blood clotting
inherited disorders like Sickle cell disease
How to find out the cause?
Your doctor will examine you, ask you questions and recommend the following tests to diagnose the problem.
Can it be Treated?
As mentioned above, there could be multiple causes for the bleeding, which suggests controlling the cause and its symptoms to treat the condition. Treating the cause of the condition will help you recover faster, which is why it is very important to not ignore the symptoms and Visit a Specialist.
Treatments include antibiotics, prescription medication, shock wave therapy or treatment for whatever is causing the bleeding. Sometimes you need no treatment and the condition recovers on its own.
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