Home » Your Health » Men's Health News » Hematuria: 10 Causes of Blood in the Urine

Hematuria: 10 Causes of Blood in the Urine

Blood in the urine is medically referred to as hematuria.  There are two main types of hematuria: gross and microscopic.  Gross hematuria can be seen in the urine with the naked eye.  Microscopic hematuria is visible only under a microscope.  Blood in the urine can come from anywhere in the urinary tract.  The urinary tract includes the kidneys (where urine is made), the ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), the bladder (where urine is stored), the prostate (in men), and the urethra (tube through which urine exits the body).

The following are ten causes of blood in the urine…


1. Urinary Tract Infection

Blood in the urine, or hematuria, may be a symptom of a urinary tract infection (UTI).  A UTI can occur in any part of the urinary tract.  Bacteria entering the urethra and multiplying within the bladder cause the majority of UTIs.  The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse estimates that UTIs account for greater than 8-million doctor visits annually in the US.  Women are more likely to develop UTIs due to the short length of their urethra and its close proximity to the anus.

Other symptoms of a UTI may include frequent urination, pain or burning with urination (dysuria), and foul-smelling urine.  A UTI is most commonly diagnosed by analyzing a urine sample (urinalysis) followed by urine culture to identify the causative organism.  Oral antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment for UTIs.  When treated promptly and accurately, urinary tract infections rarely lead to complications.


Next »

We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat
  • Heartbeat Powered Pacemakers: Body-Run Batteries
    New technological advances could mean the end to pacemaker battery surgeries. The American researchers from the University of Michigan have engineered a new pacemaker.
    Men's Health News
  • Shocking Study Links Deadly Prostate Cancer with Vasectomy
    Here's scary news for men who have undergone a vasectomy: new research shows that the procedure could increase the risk of developing deadly prostate cancer by an incredible ten...
    Men's Health News
  • Running vs. Walking: Which is Better?
    When it comes to walking vs. running the need for speed doesn’t always equate to the best workout.
    Men's Health News
  • 10 Treatments for Prostate Cancer
    November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and men should consider getting screened for prostate cancer with a digital rectal examination (DRE) and prostate specific antigen (PSA)...
    Men's Health News
  • 7 Burning UTI Facts for Women
    If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you know you can’t ignore the burning dull, heavy feeling in your pelvis every time you urinate.
    Men's Health News
  • 6 Myths About Prostate Cancer to Put Behind You
    Since November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (as well as the month that dudes everywhere grow crazy moustaches in support of men's health), it's probably a good time to get a...
    Men's Health News
  • 8 Ways Women Can Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection
    A dull ache and heaviness in your lower abdomen and an urgent need to rush to the washroom may indicate a urinary tract infection (or UTI).
    Men's Health News
  • 7 Things Runners Should Know About Supination
    Many avid runners have never heard the term supination, which refers to an underpronation foot-positioning issue that often stems from high arches.
    Men's Health News
  • Infographic: Prostate Health
    About one in seven American males are diagnosed with prostate cancer. However, early diagnosis is the key.
    Men's Health News
  • 6 Risk Factors for Developing Prostate Cancer
    After skin cancers, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, approximately 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with the...
    Men's Health News
  • 9 Foods That Can Help Fight Prostate Cancer
    There's eating well when you're healthy and then there's eating well after you've been diagnosed with a serious illness, such as prostate cancer.
    Men's Health News
  • 5 Common Signs of Prostate Cancer
    Prostate cancer is a silent killer. Unlike many other cancers where symptoms occur early on, making the disease easier to detect, with prostate cancer there are no early warning...
    Men's Health News
  • 7 Recent Breakthroughs in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer
    Thanks to the emergence of the "Movember" campaign, awareness of prostate cancer—including how to identify and treat it—has been growing.
    Men's Health News
  • The 8 Most Stunning Running Locations in the World
    Do you ever find yourself sweating it out on the treadmill in mid-February while dreaming of the wind in your hair and the sun on your back in a fairer locale?
    Men's Health News
  • 6 Steps to De-stress your Runs
    I often use my runs to burn off daily stress. However, if your runs don't provide a perfect distraction and energy boost during stressful times—they could actually be the source...
    Men's Health News