There are many causes of blood in pee. If you have never experienced this problem in the past you more than likely have no clue on what is brining this on. That being said, your doctor will be able to pinpoint your problem through examining your urine as well as through other tests.
When suffering from hematuria, your kidneys or other part of your urinary tract are allowing red blood cells to find their way into your urine. There are many problems that can lead to this leakage. Some of the more common include:
Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infections are common in women, although they do occur in men from time to time as well. In many cases, this type of infection can develop after sexual activity. Approximately 30 percent of people with a urinary tract infection will have visible blood in pee. Of course, this is not to say that every urinary tract infection is going to be accompanied by blood in the urine.
Bladder or Kidney Stone
Both bladder and kidney stones can cause excruciating pain, as well as blood in pee. This is not always the case, but for many people it is all too true. Although bladder and kidney stones are nothing more than small crystals, they can cause a lot of pain, accompanied by blood, if they are passed. You should know that both gross and microscopic hematuria can be caused by bladder and/or kidney stones.
Many people are unaware that an enlarged prostate can lead to blood in the urine. This is especially true in men older than 50 years of age. In addition to visible blood in the pee, an enlarged prostate can also lead to other symptoms such as difficulty urinating and persistent urination. In many cases, men with an enlarged prostate will suffer from microscopic hematuria; the variety that cannot be detected by the human eye.
Microscopic hematuria is a common symptom of glomerulonephritis. Glomerulonephritis is an inflammation of the kidney’s filtering system. In many cases, glomerulonephritis is present in people suffering from diabetes. This issue can also be present on its own.
Gross hematuria, or visible blood in the urine, is often times a sign of cancer of the bladder, kidneys, or prostate. Unfortunately, this symptom usually means that the cancer is in an advanced stage.
Many people suffer from blood in pee due to strenuous or extreme exercise. While it is hard to say why this happens, it does occur in many people. Runners are commonly affected by this problem, but many other athletes have reported it as well. Although not serious, it is important to have this problem checked in order to ensure that exercise is the cause.
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