Seeing blood in your urine can be scary, but expert urologist Dr. Jenelle Foote can pinpoint the cause and offer treatment at Midtown Urology in Atlanta, Georgia. Although it’s harmless in many cases, hematuria can be a sign of a serious disorder. If you see blood in your urine, call or book an appointment online right away.
Hematuria means there’s blood in your urine. The blood may be visible enough for you to see it, or it may only be noticeable under a microscope.
Many factors can lead to blood in your urine, most of which aren’t dangerous. However, bloody urine may be a symptom of a serious underlying condition, like kidney disease or cancer. It’s crucial to schedule an appointment with Dr. Foote as soon as you notice blood in your urine.
Experiencing bloody urine without any other accompanying symptoms is common. The bleeding often doesn’t cause pain, and very little blood can discolor your urine. Bloody urine may appear as pink, red, or the color of cola.
Blood may leak into your urine from your kidneys or another part of your urinary tract. Many conditions can lead to hematuria, including:
Almost anyone can have blood in their urine, including children. Some factors may increase your risk, such as:
Dr. Foote begins with a comprehensive physical exam and a review of your medical history. To diagnose the cause of your hematuria, she may collect a blood and urine sample for lab analysis.
She may also perform a procedure called cystoscopy, which involves viewing the inside of your urethra and bladder through a hollow tube with a lens. Depending on your unique situation, she may require additional tests, such as a biopsy, CT scan, or MRI.
Then, she develops a treatment plan based on the particular cause of your hematuria. This may include:
If there’s no underlying cause of your hematuria, you likely won’t need treatment as the issue should resolve on its own.
If you have blood in your urine, call Dr. Foote or book an appointment online as soon as possible.