Seeing blood in your urine might be alarming, but it often indicates only a mild or easy-to-treat complication. At Houston Kidney Specialists Center’s four locations in Houston and Cypress, Texas, the team performs tests to identify the cause of blood in your urine before creating an appropriate treatment plan. If you notice blood in your urine, call Houston Kidney Specialists Center for an appointment or book online today.
Seeing blood in your urine can come as a shock at first. While it’s often harmless, it can also indicate an underlying condition that requires treatment. There are two distinct classifications of blood in your urine:
Gross hematuria means you have enough blood in your urine that you can see it. Your urine might be red, pink, or brown because of the high amount of red blood cells in it. Typically, gross hematuria isn’t associated with pain or discomfort.
Microscopic hematuria is blood in your urine that you can’t see with a naked eye. When your physician tests a urine sample, they can see the blood cells under a microscope.
There are many possible causes of blood in your urine, some harmless and others urgent. The blood comes from your kidneys or other areas of your urinary system with some form of damage. Possible causes include:
It’s important to book an appointment at Houston Kidney Specialists Center if you notice blood in your urine, even if you suspect that the cause is mild. In some cases, you might notice red or pink shades in your urine because of something in your diet, like beets or berries.
Your course of treatment for blood in your urine depends on the underlying condition. If tests confirm that the blood in your urine is due to a medication or strenuous exercise, you might not need treatment at all, and the blood should go away within a few days.
Possible treatments for the common causes of blood in urine include:
Antibiotics are an effective treatment for bacterial infections, like UTIs or kidney infections.
If your urine contains blood because of kidney or bladder stones, the team at Houston Kidney Specialists Center might recommend shock wave therapy to break them apart, so they’re easier to pass.
If the blood in your urine comes from a prostate complication, the team can prescribe medication to reduce its size and alleviate the bleeding.
If you notice a red or pink tint to your urine, call Houston Kidney Specialists Center or book an appointment online for testing and treatment.