Urology Austin

Hematuria and UTIs

A UTI can be an unbearably painful experience -- and frightening, when visible hematuria is also a symptom.
A UTI can be an unbearably painful experience — and frightening, when visible hematuria is also a symptom.

Janie was 19 when she got her first Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). She wanted to share her experience with you: “It was a cloudy day my sophomore year of college, late in the year. I had been feeling achy and uncomfortable the whole day, but by the time I realized something was wrong during one of my classes, the doctor’s office had already closed for the day.

UTIs are many women’s worst recurring nightmare. The pain, the burning, and the high, relentless urgency to pee. But there is still worse to come from a severe UTI.

It was 3 in the morning by the time the worst pain came. I was having to use the restroom (or at least feel the urge to) every 5 minutes. I was in pain on the toilet when I looked down and saw there was blood in the toilet. Although it wasn’t a large amount, the water had diluted it enough that it frightened me.

I was so anxious that I woke my roommate up to have her help me figure out what was going on, and we soon discovered the cause- hematuria. Hematuria means the presence of blood in urine and is caused by a number of things, including kidney disease, enlarged prostate, kidney stones and infections, and UTIs. It may also be caused by cancer and certain medications. It may be indicative of a serious disease.

While I got the first doctor appointment possible in the morning, I would have been less alarmed had I known what hematuria was.” When blood in urine is visible, it can produce a red, pink, or cola-colored hue. However, there are cases in which the blood is only visible under a microscope. It is best to see a medical professional by¬†contacting us¬†immediately if you have any symptoms of hematuria.

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