Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
Hematuria is otherwise known as blood in the urine. This spontaneous appearing blood may or may not be visible to the human eye. You may or may not have any other symptoms with this.
There are several reasons for hematuria. They range from completely benign to a more serious medical condition requiring treatment. It is recommended you follow up with your primary care provider or urologist to be evaluated.
Many times the red blood cells are discovered when a urine specimen is done. The red blood cells can be present in urine, but go unnoticed as they may not color the urine. This is called microhematuria because the blood can only be detected at the microscopic level.
Gross hematuria is when the color of the urine is bright red, cola or rust colored and can be seen by the naked eye. Both of these types of hematuria can be intermittent, or off and on, and may go away without any treatment. Because there are some serious medical conditions that can present with this symptom, an office visit to your provider is recommended.
Most times when hematuria occurs it is not an urgent or emergent situation. However, at times if you have gross hematuria, you may need to be treated at the hospital.
If you have had a urologic surgery or procedure for your urethra, prostate, bladder, ureters or kidneys, you may have intermittent blood in your urine during your healing process. Kidney stones and ureteral stents can cause significant intermittent blood in your urine.
Increasing your fluid intake during your healing process will usually help alleviate or slow down the hematuria. Contact your provider’s office if gross hematuria persists after pushing fluids.