Hematuria is the medical term for blood in urine. According to the Mayo Clinic, the only symptom of hematuria is the ability to see red blood cells in your urine. The blood may have a pink or light red color. When you can actually see blood in your urine, it’s a sign of a condition called gross hematuria. If the blood is only visible after a doctor studies it under a microscope, this is a condition called microscopic hematuria. In either case, it’s important to see a doctor to determine the root cause of your hematuria.
Hematuria is caused when blood leaks from your kidneys into your urinary tract. This can be caused by a number of conditions. For example, it could be a sign of kidney, bladder or prostate cancer. It could also be a bladder infection, a kidney infection or a kidney stone. You could have an enlarged prostate or kidney disease. Sometimes, hematuria is caused by an inherited disease like sickle-cell anemia.
Additionally, certain medications can cause urinary bleeding. It can occur “if you take an anticoagulant such as aspirin and the blood thinner heparin, and you also have a condition that causes your bladder to bleed.” Also, it is possible for hematuria to be caused by strenuous exercise. This is linked to dehydration or trauma to the bladder. Urinal bleeding caused by drugs, food or exercise usually goes away in a few days, but it’s best to see your doctor to ensure you don’t have a more serious condition.
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