What to know and do when blood clots appear in the urine md-health.com ogasco abu dhabi

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Seeing blood clots in the urine may be frightening, but it is a common problem. Often, when there are many red blood cells in the urine the urine color turns red, pink, or brownish, and this may considered hematuria, a medical term for blood in the urine. However, sometimes there are too little red blood cells in the urine, which cannot be seen by the naked eye. The presence of blood cells in the urine may be detected incidentally on a routine urine test using a microscope, and this is medically known as microscopic hematuria.

Hematuria occurs in up to 10% of the population, but only a few (about 3%) will see frank or gross hematuria, which refers to having a large amount of blood in the urine. Seeing blood clots in urine is more common among women than in men and it may or may not be accompanied by pain. Causes of Blood Clots in Urine

Before discussing the possible causes of hematuria, it is worthwhile to note that the urine may sometimes turn pink, red, or brown for reasons other than bleeding in the urinary tract. This means that in spite of the color, no blood may be found in the urine, and the change in color may be due to:

Bleeding in the urinary tract can come from any part of this system, from the kidneys to the ureters, urinary bladder, and the urethra. The urine, which is formed in the kidneys, carries with it the red blood cells as it passes along any of these structures. Real hematuria may be caused by many factors, including:

Finding blood in the urine may be a symptom and could provide a clue to a disease. In people who have gross hematuria, there may be small blood clots in the urine. The amount of blood present in the urine does not necessarily indicate a serious condition. The urine may appear normal in people with microscopic hematuria, and the presence of red blood cells is discovered in a routine urine examination.

The presence of one or more of these symptoms, together with blood in urine may depend on the cause of the bleeding. For example, people with kidney stones may experience severe pains in the side of the body (flank pains) which may radiate to the groin area or to the scrotum, in males. Fever with chills is more characteristic of urinary tract infection. Treatment of these conditions will depend on the actual cause of bleeding. Treatment for Blood Clots in Urine

If you see a change in the color of your urine and you are thinking if it may be blood, you must initially consider what the possible causes are, which may include presence of your menstrual period or current drug intake. You may want to observe if the blood in urine persists after a few times you have urinated or after a day. Observe for other symptoms like pain, fever, or changes in urine character. It may help to rest, in the case of bleeding after strenuous exercise, and increase fluid intake, in mild cases of urinary tract infections. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also help relieve mild pain and fever.

• Stones may be formed and lodge in any part of the urinary tract, from the kidney, down to the ureter and the bladder. Depending on the size and location of the stones, treatment may range from conservative (increased fluid intake and analgesics only) to medical and surgical treatment.

You should see a doctor anytime you see blood clots in urine because it may be a sign of a disease or condition that needs immediate treatment. The presence of other symptoms like severe flank or back pain, fever, and other unusual changes must prompt you to seek emergency consultation because you may have a severe urinary tract infection or stone that can affect your genital health. Bloody urine with loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss may be associated with cancer in the urinary tract and needs serious treatment.