Tips For Those Suffering Hematuria

Tips For Those Suffering Hematuria

Hematuria is a medical term used to describe blood in the urine. Though it can be distressing to see blood in the urine, it doesn’t always indicate a serious medical condition. For instance, someone who exercises too long or hard can experience hematuria. This is also true if you’ve been involved in some activity that was physically grueling. There are also certain foods and medications that might temporarily affect the color of urine. The bottom line is not to freak out. Instead, schedule an appointment with your doctor and have it checked out. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your health.

Symptoms of Hematuria

Before heading out to see your urologist, make some notes about the hematuria. Your doctor will ask you questions about when this first began and the exact color of the urine. There are many shades of red, pink, orange and brown that might show up in urine. Did you notice any blood clots in the urine? Do you have any pain when urinating? Where exactly does the pain occur?

Your doctor may ask a series of questions to help her determine exactly what the source of the hematuria may be. These include:

  • Did you change your diet recently?
  • Have you been involved in heavy labor or physical activity?
  • How much water have you been drinking?
  • How many sodas and cups of coffee do you drink in one day?

Urinary Tract Infection

Many times, hematuria is a sign that you have a urinary tract infection. Though these are often very painful, they’re not typically life-threatening. Your doctor may perform a urinalysis. These tests can be helpful in checking for UTIs and kidney disease. If your condition warrants it, your doctor might also perform a blood test and cystoscopic exam to check for tumors and bladder stones. Though UTI is not life-threatening, it’s very important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated, this infection can spread and cause more pain.

If you still have questions or concerns, please call Dr. Nancy Lobby at All Women Urology. She has many years of experience in these areas and can help you get to the root of the problem and get the proper treatment so you can get back to enjoying your life.