It can be scary to find blood in your urine, even if there’s no pain associated with it. For men, blood in urine — also known as hematuria — may resolve itself without treatment, or it can be a symptom of several different medical conditions. That’s why it’s important to visit a medical professional who can determine the cause.
What Does Blood in Urine Look Like?
You’ll know you have blood in your urine if it looks red, pink, or brown. Typically, you won’t experience any pain. Even if the color of your urine returns to normal in a few days, there still could be blood cells present.
What Causes of Blood in Urine in Males?
It’s important to note that blood in urine can’t be specifically treated because it isn’t a medical condition in itself. It’s a symptom, and may be a sign of underlying kidney or urinary tract problems.
Hematuria can be associated with many common conditions or activities, including:
- Urinary tract infections
- Kidney infections
- Bladder or kidney stones
- Enlarged prostate
- Kidney disease
- Advanced kidney, bladder, or prostate cancer
- Sickle cell anemia
- Alport syndrome
- Kidney injury
- Certain anti-cancer medication or penicillin
- Strenuous exercise
Because of the wide range of potential causes, it’s important that you get a thorough examination from a medical professional to determine why blood is present.
Additional Symptoms To Note
There may be other symptoms associated with blood that that could help your doctor determine the underlying cause, including:
- Discomfort when urinating
- Frequently urinating
- Unexplainable weight loss
- Urgent urination feeling
More serious symptoms that require medical attention include:
- Pain in abdomen, side, or back
- Inability to urinate
- Passing blood clots while urinating
- Urine dribbling
- Nighttime urination
- Difficulty urinating
Male or female, pain or no pain, finding blood in your urine can be startling. If you are experiencing hematuria, contact your healthcare provider or visit your nearest FastMed Urgent Care as soon as possible.
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Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/blood-in-urine/basics/causes
Medline Plus: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article