Find out what blood in the urine could indicate about your health.
If you are dealing with blood in the urine or other urinary problems often times a doctor will look to the kidneys or urinary tract to find out what might be causing the problem. When it comes to hematuria, many people can’t even see it. This is known as gross hematuria and this is usually discovered during a routine urine sample at a doctor’s office; however, if you notice that your urine is pink, red or brown then this is a clear, visible sign that you have blood in the urine. Whatever type of hematuria you’re dealing with, our El Paso nephrologists can help.
What causes blood in the urine?
Some causes are more obvious and aren’t often a cause for concern, such as menstruation; however, other common causes of hematuria include,
- Performing an intense and strenuous exercise
- Sexual intercourse
- A viral infection
- Injury to the kidneys or urinary tract
- A urinary tract infection or other bacterial infection
Of course, blood in the urine can also indicate to our El Paso nephrologists that something more serious is going on. If you think you may be dealing with any of these conditions then we will perform certain diagnostic tests to rule out,
- Swelling of the kidneys (or prostate in men)
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Sickle cell disease
- Blood clot or blood clotting diseases
- Kidney or bladder cancer
If you notice that your urine is a different color it’s important that you consult with your doctor right away.
Are there risk factors for this condition?
This problem can happen to anyone; however, hematuria may be more common in those,
- With kidney stones
- With an enlarged prostate
- Who perform regular intense exercise (marathoners and endurance athletes)
- Who’ve had an infection of the kidneys or a UTI recently
- With a family history of kidney disease
How will a nephrologist treat this problem?
The treatment you receive from our team will depend on the root cause of your symptoms. Once we figure out what’s causing your symptoms, we can map out a treatment plan. For example, we may need to use special ultrasound technology in order to break up kidney stones, while other chronic conditions such as polycystic kidney disease will need long-term management of symptoms. Infections will often be treated through medication such as antibiotics.
If you are experiencing blood in the urine, signs of kidney stones or have a family history of kidney disease, it’s important that you have a nephrologist that you can turn to for regular care and when problems arise. Call Kidney Consultants of El Paso at (915) 544-7767 to schedule an evaluation.