There’s blood in my urine. What could be causing this?

Blood in urine, also known as Hematuria, is in fact a symptom and not a particular condition. Cases of hematuria should be precisely evaluated by the doctor to determine or rule out an underlying cause. Blood in urine can usually come from the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra.

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Some of the possible causes of blood in urine include:

  • Infections in the Bladder or kidney
  • Bladder or kidney stones
  • Certain kidney diseases, such as glomerulonephritis or inflammation that occurs in the filtering system of the kidneys.
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia or Enlarged prostate
  • Prostate cancer
  • Certain genetic diseases such as sickle cell anemia and cystic kidney disease.
  • Some medications such as aspirin, heparin, cyclophosphamide, and phenazopyridine.
  • Tumor in the bladder, kidney, or prostate.
  • Injury to the kidney from an accident or sports.
  • Performing vigorous exercise.