Blood in the urine means there are red blood cells (RBCs) in the
urine. Often the urine looks normal to the naked eye. But when checked under a
microscope, it contains a high number of red blood cells. In some cases the urine is
pink, red, or the color of tea. This can be seen without a microscope.
Many of the causes of blood in the
urine are not serious. For example, heavy exercise may cause blood in the urine. This
often goes away in a day.
Other more serious causes
There may not be enough blood in the urine to change the color. In severe cases, the urine may look pink, red, or tea-colored.
Your healthcare provider will
review your health history and do a physical exam. Other tests may include:
If these tests aren’t clear you may
need other tests, such as:
If you have blood in your urine that lasts more than a day, see a healthcare provider. This is especially necessary if you have unexplained weight loss, discomfort with urination, frequent urination, or urgent urination.
Treatment will depend on the cause of the blood in the urine.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider:
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