There are a number of different symptoms and conditions that can leave you feeling rather concerned. Among these, blood in the urine is one of the most alarming and might lead you immediately to the conclusion that you have a form of cancer.
The good news (?), is that cancer is only one potential cause for blood in the urine and is not among the most common causes. There are actually many different things that can cause blood in the urine and in this post we are going to look at a wide range of them – 15 to be precise.
This condition is technically referred to as hematuria and is a common symptom found in a wide range of different conditions. It is therefore premature to jump to any assumptions and instead you should consider what other symptoms are present, as well as risk factors such as age, gender and lifestyle. Whatever the case, if you are unsure or you are worried, then you should always check with your doctor. At the end of the day, it is better to be safe than to be sorry.
In hematuria, the kidneys or any other part of the urinary tract may be allowing blood cells to leak into the urine. So what might be causing this in your case?
1. Urinary Tract Infection
A urinary tract infection is caused when bacteria enters the urethra and make their way into the bladder. Here they can then multiply and this can cause a number of symptoms.
Alongside blood in the urine, you might also notice that your urine smells especially strongly, that you have a persistent urge to urinate and that you feel a burning sensation when trying to urinate. You might also notice burning during sexual intercourse.
However, it is possible in some cases that urinary tract infections can cause no other symptom than tiny amounts of blood, which is when the condition can be alarming.