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Blood in Urine: Risk Factors

Posted by 2019-01-08 00:00:00
Blood in Urine: Risk Factors

Blood in Urine: Risk Factors
While in many instances the cause is harmless, blood in urine (hematuria) might indicate a serious disorder.
Blood that you can see is called gross hematuria. Urinary blood that's visible only under a microscope (microscopic hematuria) is found when your doctor tests your urine. Either way, it's important to determine the reason for the bleeding.

When to see a doctor
Some medications and certain foods, including beets, rhubarb and berries, can cause your urine to turn red. A change in urine color caused by drugs, food or exercise might go away within a few days.
Bloody urine looks different, but you might not be able to tell the difference. It's best to see your doctor anytime you see red-colored urine.

Risk factors
Almost anyone can have red blood cells in the urine. Factors that make this more likely include:

Age. Many men older than 50 have occasional hematuria due to an enlarged prostate gland.
An infection. Kidney inflammation after a viral or bacterial infection is one of the causes of visible urinary blood in children.
Family history. You chance might increase if you have a family history of kidney disease or kidney stones.
Certain medications. Aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers and antibiotics such as penicillin are known to increase the risk of urinary bleeding.
Strenuous exercise. Long-distance runners are especially prone to exercise-induced urinary bleeding. Anyone who works out strenuously can develop symptoms.

I will be talking further on blood in urine in the upcoming blog. Stay connected.

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