Have you ever noticed blood in the toilet after you urinate? Bloody urine has many causes, with some more serious than others. Unfortunately, it is impossible to tell why you have blood in your urine unless you pay a visit to your urologist. The expert team at Urology Clinics Manchester are her to help diagnose why you may have blood in your urine.

Why you may find blood in your urine.

Red or pink urine can be caused by:

  • An Injury: Have you recently experience a blow to your back or abdomen? The injury may have caused bleeding in your kidneys.
  • Infections: An infection in your kidney or urinary tract could be the cause of the bleeding.
  • Stones: Kidney or bladder stones can irritate the lining of these organs and cause bleeding.
  • Kidney Infection: Bleeding isn’t uncommon if you have an infection in one or both of your kidneys.
  • Diseases: Polycystic kidney disease, sickle cell disease and other diseases may cause bloody urine.
  • Prostate Enlargement: Bleeding may be due to an enlarged prostate.
  • Medications: Side effects from the medications you take could trigger bleeding. Aspirin and penicillin are among the drugs known to cause bleeding.
  • Cancer: Cancer is another possibility if your urine is bloody. Kidney, bladder or prostate cancer could cause bleeding.

In some cases, urine colour changes might not be caused by bleeding. If you’ve recently eaten food that contains natural red colouring such as beetroot, blackberries or rhubarb, or eaten food that contains red dye, your urine might appear red or pink.

It’s important to schedule an appointment with an expert urologist the first time you see blood in your urine. Your urologist may recommend a few tests that will help them determine why there is blood in your urine. Treatment options vary from patient to patient, depending on the source of the blood. For example, you may need surgery if an injury lacerated your kidney or might need to take antibiotics if you have a urinary tract infection.

Are you worried about blood in your urine? Contact Urology Clinics Manchester today.