Hematuria Treatment in Alexander City, AL
What Is Hematuria?
Hematuria is a term used to describe blood in the urine, which occurs when the filters in the kidneys and urinary tract—which usually prevent red blood cells from entering into the urine—malfunction for a variety of reasons.
There are two types of hematuria:
- Gross hematuria: blood is detectable to the naked eye
- Microscopic hematuria: blood is only detectable under a microscope
While hematuria does not typically indicate a serious health issue is at play, it is always important to meet with a healthcare provider if you detect blood in the urine. In certain instances, hematuria may be a sign of urological cancer or other serious condition. To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare practitioner in Alexander City who specializes in hematuria treatment, call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
What Causes Hematuria?
Hematuria causes range from common conditions like a urinary tract infection (UTI) to more serious and rare diseases like bladder or kidney cancer. Additional benign reasons for hematuria include:
- Strenuous exercise
- Sexual activity
- Certain medications like penicillin or aspirin
- Bladder stones
- Kidney stones
- Bladder, prostate, or kidney infection
More serious causes of hematuria include:
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Sickle cell disease
- Enlarged prostate (BPH)
- Bladder, kidney, or prostate cancer
Your risk of experiencing hematuria may increase with age; it is also more common if you have experienced a recent infection or have a family history of hematuria or any condition responsible for its development. Determining the root cause of your hematuria is essential because treatment will be based on finding and fixing the precipitating condition.
Hematuria Symptoms and Diagnosis
Blood in the urine often occurs with no other obvious symptoms. Pain and other symptoms are rare unless you are passing blood clots in your urine. Other hematuria symptoms you may experience include:
- Frequent, urgent, painful, or burning urination
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
In the case of microscopic hematuria, there may be no symptoms at all, since the blood in your urine can only be detected under a microscope.
Making a hematuria diagnosis requires nothing more than a simple urine test, called a urinalysis, coupled with a medical exam. Additional diagnostic testing may be required to determine the cause of blood in your urine, such as a cystoscopy and imaging tests like MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasounds.
How to Treat Hematuria
If no underlying medical condition is causing your hematuria, you will likely require no treatment. Other hematuria treatment options are dependent on its cause. For example, if a urinary tract infection is at the root, treatment will involve the appropriate antibiotic medications and potential lifestyle changes to prevent a UTI's recurrence. An enlarged prostate causing hematuria will trigger concerns about prostate cancer or require medication in an attempt to reduce its size. Bladder or kidney stones may require a procedure to break up the stones or surgery to remove them.
If you see blood in your urine, it is essential that you seek the guidance of an experienced healthcare provider. Request more information today about the health conditions that can cause hematuria and available treatments. Call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
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