The presence of blood in your urine is not only alarming, but it can indicate a serious condition that needs treatment. The board-certified urologists at Urology Associates of Mobile can diagnose and treat blood in the urine, or hematuria, at their convenient locations in Mobile, Daphne, Foley, Grove Hill, and Thomasville, Alabama, and Lucedale, Mississippi. If you notice blood in your urine, call your nearest office or book an appointment online for help today.
Hematuria is the presence of blood in your urine, either visible by the naked eye (gross hematuria) or only under a microscope (microscopic hematuria).
Blood in the urine may turn your stream bright red. Other symptoms include pink or cola-colored urine and discolored urine accompanied by fever or blood clots.
Blood in the urine may show up amid other symptoms, such as aches and pains in your back or belly.
Any number of issues can cause blood in the urine — and some are more serious than others. They include:
In rare cases, extremely strenuous exercise can lead to hematuria, possibly caused by bladder trauma, dehydration, or a sudden breakdown of red blood cells.
In some cases, the cause cannot be pinpointed. However, the team at Urology Associates of Mobile performs several tests, including a physical exam and standard urine tests to look for the presence of an infection or minerals that cause stones.
They review any accompanying symptoms, such as abdominal pain and fever, and test your kidney function and blood pressure.
They might order imaging tests, such as MRIs and CT scans, and you may also undergo a cystoscopy, which involves the insertion of a tiny camera into your bladder to check for signs of disease.
Treatment depends on the determined cause of blood in your urine. Infections may be treated with antibiotics. An enlarged prostate can be addressed with medications or radiofrequency therapy to try to shrink the prostate. Other therapies appropriate to cancer, kidney disease, or stones include surgery.
If the team doesn't find a direct cause, you will undergo regular monitoring and follow-up tests, especially if you’re at risk of developing cancer due to family history or tobacco use.
In most cases, it’s not an issue if no specific cause is found and the presence of blood goes away on its own.
If you have indications that blood is present in your urine, call Urology Associates of Mobile or book an appointment online.