Urinary symptoms are many because they include the bladder, urethra, ureters, kidneys, prostate, and genitals, which may in turn affect each organ in the urinary tract. Normally, your kidneys filter waste products from the blood and convert the waste into urine. The urine is then passed through the ureters (or small tubes) to the bladder, where it is stored until you are ready to urinate. When the bladder becomes full, a signal is sent to the brain to create the need to urinate. If any kind of condition, such as an infection, disease, or disorder, interrupts this pattern, abnormal urinary symptoms can appear.
Urinary symptoms can include blood in urine, also known as hematuria. This may or may not be a serious issue. Every day we release some red blood cells in our urine. However, if you notice your urine looks pinkish, red, or smoky brown (like tea or cola) or you see blood clots in the urine, this could indicate a more serious condition.
Bloody urine indicates a higher level of red blood cells in the urine. Microscopic hematuria is the presence of microscopic blood in the urine. As you urinate, you may think there is no blood in the urine, however tiny traces can be detected through a urinalysis or using a urine dipstick test. Conversely, gross hematuria is blood that you can see in your urine.
There are several causes of blood in urine. You could have blood in urine from an infection called a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTI blood in urine may also be accompanied by other abnormal bladder symptoms, such as cloudy urine, puss, painful or burning urination, and frequent urination. Another cause of blood in urine is a problem with your kidneys, such as kidney stones, inflammation of the kidney, a kidney infection, or kidney cancer. The blood in urine from the kidney problem can also be in conjunction with kidney pain.
Urinary symptoms can be different for men and women. Sometimes blood in urine for a female appears because of her menstrual cycle. Other times it is because of recurrent urinary tract infections. Blood in urine for men could indicate an enlarged prostate gland. Blood in urine from a prostate condition could mean the prostate is enlarged and constricting the urethra. Diabetes is also one of the blood in urine causes. Blood from prostate cancer can also appear in your urine. In any case, urinary symptoms that cause you discomfort or that are interrupting your lifestyle should not be ignored. Call our office today for an appointment if you are experiencing any abnormal urinary symptoms.