Blood in the urine
This can be caused for many reasons. Often there is nothing to worry about. Because of the small risk that this might be the first sign of a cancer somewhere in the urinary system it is usual for you to be investigated properly by a urologist. There is some argument regarding exceptions to this rule. Because of the nature of risk the safest thing is to investigate everybody, but this of course has implications and risks of its own. The most universally agreed reason not to investigate blood in the urine is in a young female non smoker where the bleeding was only at the time of a urinary tract infection. The urine in this patients must be retested after the event to ensure that it is clear of even microscopic traces of blood. Urine dipstick testing is probably too sensitive, positive results can be produced after exercise for example, a more accurate test is to check the urine under the microscope for red blood cells.
What might cause blood in the urine?
What will the doctor do?
Will the telescopic test hurt?
What is the chance of it being something serious?
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What to do if you see blood in you urine
Do not panic, a little blood goes long way
Drink plenty of water to dilute the blood
Make an appointment to see your GP
If you are unable to pass water but are desperate to go then call for the emergency doctor or attend accident and emergency
Remember most people do not have a serious cause for bleeding but you will need to be seen at the hospital to be investigated