Don’t let that question mislead you. Hematuria, or blood in your urine is not a condition in and of itself, but rather it is usually a symptom of something else going on in your body.
Red. Who said Red? Blood in you pee is usually not likely to show up as deep red streams in your pee. For that to occur, you’d have to have blood entering the urinary tract just before it leaves your body. A more likely scenario is you will notice your pee is discolored, darker than normal. The presence of blood in your urine could turn your urine a shade of pink, orange, brown or red. It may even appear rust colored or black. Sometimes the blood can be present at a microscopic level and even makes your urine appear cloudy.
If you do, however, notice streams of blood within your pee, see a doctor immediately. This could possible indicate a tear somewhere in your urinary tract and needs to be addressed immediately. Even if you are just passing a kidney stone, which can certainly cause blood as the sharp edges rip your urinary tract, it’s still a good idea to talk to your doctor, as they can find out if there are more stones to pass.
There are some simple questions you can ask yourself to help you self-diagnose whether or not you have blood in your urine.
Painful urination is one of the easiest ways to realize that something is wrong. When it hurts to urinate, or you notice pain in your gut or lower abdomen while you also notice reddish urine, then there’s a reasonable chance you have blood in your urine. If the pain seems to be coming from your penis or vagina area, it may be a sign that you’re passing a kidney stone. If the pain is coming from higher up such as in your stomach, you may also be passing a stone but it could possibly be a kidney problem. In any case, when it hurts, go see a doctor. You just don’t want to delay treatment when it could be something serious.
When you notice what you think might be blood in your urine, it’s helpful to keep a log of how many times and how frequently you see the bloody urine. When it only happens once, and you don’t notice it again, it could easily just be something else causing the abnormal urine color, such as something you’ve eaten recently.
Even by asking yourself these basic questions, it’s not always easy to determine if you have hematuria. Why? There are many parts of your body involved in your urinary tract. Your bladder, kidneys and prostate are all part of the urinary tract, and could each be the source of blood in urine. A kidney stone, for example, can cause a lot of pain and blood in your urine when the stones are larger and jagged, while at other times, you may not experience any discomfort, such as when there are few stones and they are small and pass easily.
Hematuria is also going to be either microscopic or macroscopic. When you have microscopic hematuria, the blood probably won’t be visible to the naked eye. You would most likely need a urinalysis to even detect the blood in urine unless the quantity is large enough to discolor your urine noticeably… and then it becomes Macroscopic or visible without the aid of a microscope or visible to the naked eye. Macroscopic hematuria can be very noticeable as blood in urine. Macroscopic hematuria is also known as gross hematuria. In other words, there’s a large amount of blood in your urine.