Urology Austin

Hematuria: Questions to ask your doctor

If you're experiencing blood in your urine, it's important to contact your doctor right away.
If you’re experiencing blood in your urine, it’s important to contact your doctor right away.

Hematuria means there is blood in the urine and can be caused by many factors. These include: kidney stones, urinary tract infections,cancer and many others.

According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, there are several risk factors which may cause hematuria. These are:

  • Age: Men 50 and older may experience hematuria due to enlargement of the prostate.
  • Sex: Women are more likely to experience hematuria, but it is also seen in younger men due to kidney stones.
  • A recent infection: In children, a viral or bacterial infection may cause blood in the urine.
  •  Family history: Hematuria can be caused by heredity, especially if there is a history of kidney stones or kidney disease.
  • Medications: Certain anti-inflammatory drugs, Aspirin and some antibiotics are a risk factor.
  • Strenuous exercise: Working out strenuously regularly may cause urinary bleeding.

There are many questions to prepare for your appointment with your doctor. Healthcommunities.com lists several including:

  • What causes blood in the urine?
  • What types of testing will take place to determine if I have hematuria?
  • What should I do to prepare for testing?
  • Will there be any risk from the testing?
  • Can I resume my normal daily activities after testing?

English-tonight.com  gives several questions the doctor may ask you. These are:

  • Why are we seeing you today?
  • What symptoms have you been having?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • Is the pain getting better or worse?
  • Do you smoke, drink or use recreational drugs?
  • Do you have a family history of this?
  • Does it hurt when I push here?

If you would like more information on hematuria  feel free to contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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