What is Hematuria?

What is Hematuria?

Urologist-Wellington-FLSeeing blood in your urine is usually more than a little frightening. This condition is known as hematuria and though it can cause a real scare, it doesn’t always indicate a serious medical condition. For instance, there are many everyday drugs that can cause hematuria, such as aspirin. Any type of strenuous exercise can also cause this condition.

Because of the potential for a serious illness, it’s important to see a specialist at All Women Urology as soon as you see the first signs of blood in the urine. There are actually two kinds of blood found in urine. The type that you can visibly see is called gross hematuria. The other type is known as microscopic hematuria and can only be viewed under a microscope.

Causes of Hematuria

Once your doctor runs tests to determine the underlying cause, she can prescribe appropriate treatment and/or medication. In some cases, as when the urinary bleeding comes as a result of strenuous exercise, the condition will go away on its own within a few days. If it lasts longer than a few days, then it’s important to see a doctor right away.

Blood in the urine can be a sign of tumor or kidney stone. In some cases, a urinary tract infection may be present. Your doctor can make a better diagnosis by discussing your medical history and then performing a blood test and urinalysis. Other tests that may be used are x-rays, CT scans, and ultrasound. In certain older patients, doctors may perform a cystoscopy with biopsy in order to determine if bladder cancer might be present.

Treatment Options

Since there are a number of reasons for hematuria, it’s important for your doctor to know your medical history and other facts associated with the symptoms. In rare cases, the bleeding can be caused by a blow to the kidneys, sexually transmitted diseases or certain bacterial strains including staphylococcus. In men, a prostate infection may cause hematuria.

All Women Urology offers comprehensive screening for hematuria. Your doctor will discuss with you all the risk factors and help you get to the root cause of your illness. Though the condition may be temporary and go away on its own, it’s best to know for sure. Seeing a doctor about your condition will give you peace of mind and of course, as with all illnesses, the sooner you are diagnosed, the stronger your likelihood of a full recovery.

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