If blood is easily seen in your urine, you would know you had a problem that required a visit to the doctor. Blood can be present in urine without being visible. This is called microscopic hematuria, where the blood is only detected through red blood cells found in a urine sample by the lab.
If this was the case, you would most likely be alerted of a health problem by other symptoms, such as fever, pain in your lower back, pain while urinating, high blood pressure, swelling, and belly pain. And different combinations of these symptoms are signs of different problems with your urinary system.
A common and mild urinary issue is urinary tract infections, or bladder infections. Extremely common in women, over half of women experience a UTI sometime in their lifetime, according to WebMD. When treated right away, bladder infections don’t present a huge problem. It can be harder to diagnose infants and the elderly with bladder infections because their symptoms are harder to pinpoint. They are important to diagnose however, because if left untreated, they can lead to kidney infections, which are more serious.
Which leads to another cause of hematuria, or blood in the urine. Signs of a kidney infection include fever, and painful and frequent urination. If a kidney infection is not diagnosed in time, the infection can spread to the blood, so it is important to get on antibiotics if this is the case. Fortunately, antibiotics can almost always cure kidney infections.
If you have reasons to be concerned about hematuria or have other urinary system concerns, please contact us at Urology Austin. Our 18 expert practitioners can take care of you.