Common causes of blood in urine

The first thing to say is that blood in urine isn’t usually the result of anything sinister. Yes, it can be a symptom of cancer but there are many reasons why you may notice blood in your urine, so do not panic. However, we would suggest that you seek medical advice even if you are experiencing no other symptoms. It’s always best to get checked out and to find the root cause of why you are peeing blood. Normally there should be no blood. It’s also worth noting that the blood may be a pale pink colour or a dark brown. Below we explore some common causes of blood in urine.

Urinary tract infection

One of the most common causes of blood in urine is a urinary tract infection (UTI). This is usually accompanied by other symptoms. These may include a burning sensation low down when you pass urine. You may also find that you are having to pee more often. This can sometimes be accompanied by high temperature and lower back pain.

Kidney stones

Not many people know that kidney stones can cause blood in the urine. This usually happens when the stones are passing through from the kidney to the urethra. Other symptoms may also include lower back pain, pain in your side that can radiate to your groin. This pain is often intermittent and can make you feel nauseous.

Enlarged prostate

When men hit 50, then a common problem is that of an enlarged prostate. Men often know that they have an enlarged prostate when they find it difficult to pass urine and who often have to pass urine several times in the night. Not only does this lead to disturbed sleep, but it can cause urine infection.

It may not actually be blood

As a final thought, it may not actually be blood. Beetroot and some medications can stain the urine red. Women who are on their period may also notice blood in their urine.

If you are seeing blood and need a quick appointment and reassurance from a private urologist then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. We’re happy to help you.

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