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Blood in the urine is a sign that should never be ignored as it can be caused by potentially serious conditions such as bladder cancer.
 
Blood in Urine

What Does Blood in the Urine Look Like?

Blood in the urine can be very obvious. You might notice a small amount of bright red blood in your urine. However, it can also appear as a change in the colour of your urine. If you notice that your urine is pink, reddish or brown then it could be due to blood.

However, it is sometimes possible to confuse other substances for blood in the urine. You might notice that your urine looks pink after eating a lot of beetroot, for example. The blood could also be coming from another part of your body. For example, you might notice blood in the toilet if you have haemorrhoids, a bowel problem, or if you are on your period.

Sometimes the amount of blood in the urine is so small that you can’t actually see it. However, it may be detected during a urine test if you’re having a check up or seeing your doctor for another reason. Although microscopic amounts of blood might not seem like anything serious, it is still cause for concern. Even the smallest amounts of blood can be a sign that you need treatment right away.

Causes of Blood in the Urine

The reason why blood in the urine is a sign that should never be ignored is that it can be caused by serious conditions such as:
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney injuries or diseases
If you have any kind of urological cancer or kidney problems then it is vital to get treatment as soon as possible. Blood in the urine can be the first sign of these conditions, so it is essential to see a doctor right away if you see it.

What Else Could It Be a Sign Of?

Blood in the urine can also be caused by the following conditions:
  • Urine infections
  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder stones
  • Enlarged prostate (in men)
  • Benign growths or tumours (which aren’t cancerous)
  • Strenuous exercise can cause traces of blood in the urine
If you’re diagnosed with one of these conditions after spotting blood in your urine, you may need treatment such as antibiotics to clear an infection or a procedure to break up kidney stones so they will pass more easily. In some cases, you might not need treatment at all, provided the cause for the bleeding has been investigated and you are not in pain or experiencing other urinary problems. However, it is always important to see a doctor and follow advice if you have blood in your urine as it could be a sign of something serious.
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