Knowing Your Body: Hematuria

by | April 29th, 2016
  
It's often impossible to know the cause of hematuria without seeing a doctor, and sometimes impossible to know that it's there at all.

It’s often impossible to know the cause of hematuria without seeing a doctor, and sometimes impossible to know that it’s there at all.

When we don’t know our bodies, it can get pretty scary when things go wrong. Of course, now the internet is around to research symptoms, but that doesn’t always lead to exactly what the problem is. Some issues have to be addressed by professionals, and one example is Hematuria. More commonly referred to as blood in the urine, finding out you have hematuria can be a horrifying experience. There are many causes of hematuria, and many misconceptions.

Causes of Hematuria

A big part of understanding our bodies, especially when it comes to something like hematuria, is realizing the root of the issue. Hematuria can be due to a number of issues.

  • Urinary Tract Infections can cause blood in the urine, and can be treated by a urologist.
  • Cancer
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Kidney Infection
  • Kidney/Bladder Stones
  • Injury to the Abdomen or urinary organs
  • Bleeding disorders (Hemophilia)

According to lahey.org, some things that can increase your risk for hematuria include Smoking, a family history of kidney problems, and certain antibiotics.

But like any illness, it’s important to be able to separate the truth from fiction. Knowing misconceptions about hematuria can put your mind at ease, and allow you to get the care you need as quickly as possible.

One of the hugest misconceptions is that hematuria can always be seen when you use the restroom.

This is false, microscopic hematuria is a variety in which red blood cells in your urine are so small that you wouldn’t be able to see. The best way to get tested for this is to get a urinalysis from a urologist.

Not only will a urologist test your urine, they will work with you to make necessary lifestyle changes to help correct your hematuria. If you feel like you may have hematuria, and would like to know more, contact us today.


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