Blood in the urine can either be gross (visual to the naked eye) or microscopic (visual under the microscope).
Oftentimes blood in the urine is painless, but you may experience the following symptoms:
While there are many different causes for blood in the urine, it is most commonly due to one of the following: urinary tract infection, inflammation, kidney stones, enlarged prostate, kidney cancer or bladder cancer.
If you notice blood in the urine, increase your hydration in order to dilute your urine. The majority of the time the bleeding will stop on its own. Your ultimate treatment will depend on the results of the work-up. If bleeding does not stop, patients may either need a urinary catheter or cystoscopy and fulguration to stop the source of bleeding.
Remember to call your provider if there are any blood clots, bleeding does not improve with hydration, or you have difficulty urinating.
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