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Blood in Your Urine

If you notice blood in your urine (which is called hematuria), you should consult your doctor.  Although in some cases blood in your urine is not serious, it can also be a sign of a medical problem.  It is difficult to tell if the blood in your urine is harmless or if it is a sign of a disease, but your doctor can order tests to figure out what is causing it.

If your doctor determines that the blood in your urine has been caused by a medical condition, you will likely be given a treatment to resolve the root cause of the problem.  Once the problem is gone, the blood in your urine should be, too.  There isn’t really a specific treatment for bloody urine itself.  It is usually treated as part of a wider problem.

There are several likely places where the blood in your urine may have come from.  The bladder, kidneys, ureters (which connect the kidneys and bladder) or the urethra (which carries urine out of the body from the bladder) are all possibilities.  It is also possible that the blood came from somewhere else entirely, such as a cut in the skin that is bleeding or the vagina.

What Conditions Are Associated with Blood in Urine?

You can sometimes see blood in your urine- this will turn it an abnormal color, such as red, brownish red, pink or the color of tea.  However, on some occasions the blood isn’t visible and you find out about it because it was found in a urine sample you gave. 

If you are female, it is possible that the blood in your urine is related to menstruation.  For a short period of time after a period, lab tests may find red blood cells in your urine sample. 
If you have blood in your urine in addition to other symptoms, the likelihood that a medical condition is causing it is higher.  The following are possible causes of blood in urine:
• Kidney or bladder stones (urinary stones). Other symptoms you may experience include severe pain in the pelvic area or abdominal pain.

• Kidney infection. This is also known as pyelonephritis. Symptoms include lower back pain, fever and chills.

• Bladder or urinary tract infections (UTI). Symptoms of UTIs vary, but commonly include frequent urge to urinate and pain during urination. Babies that have urinary tract infections may run a fever, lose interest in eating and display signs of irritability.

• Enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. Early stage prostate cancer may not have any symptoms. Later, symptoms such as difficulty urinating, swelling in the legs, discomfort in the pelvic area and bone pain may be present.

• Sickle cell anemia. This disease is present at birth, but symptoms may not show until a few months later. Symptoms can be extreme and life-threatening. They include restriction of blood flow to organs or extremities, pain and many other serious symptoms. 

• Cystic kidney diseases. There are dozens of different types of cystic kidney diseases. All involve cysts on the kidneys. Some become apparent early in life, while others show up after age 50.

• Glomerulonephritis.  This is an inflammation in the kidneys. 

• Tumors in the urinary tract or prostate.

• Injury to the kidneys.

• Extremely vigorous exercise.

•Some medications, such as penicillin, heparin, phenazopyridine, cyclophosphamide and aspirin.

Foods & Dyes Can Make Urine Look Like It Has Blood In It

Some food dyes can turn your urine red or orange, which might look like your urine has blood in it.  Sometimes people will not realize they have ingested food dyes.  This is often the case when they take a product like AZO, an over-the-counter medication for urinary pain.  The change in urine color caused by food dyes is harmless and will go away once you stop ingesting the dye.

If you eat a lot of beets, it can turn your urine red.

Reasons You May Have Blood in Your Urine

There are many medical conditions that can make your urine bloody, and you need to know what they are if you’re seeing red in the toilet:

• UTI Infection
• Kidney Stones
• Bladder Stones
• Trauma
• Clotting
• Medications
• Cancer

Blood in urine is related to all of these conditions. If you’re seeing red when you should be seeing yellow, call your physician and schedule an appointment.  Don’t assume hematuria will go away on its own, especially if you are a bit older.

To find out the cause of your bloody urine for sure, you’ll have to see your doctor. Without the appropriate tests, it is difficult to tell what might be causing the problem.

If you’ve recently experienced any type of trauma, perhaps from a car accident or sports injury, you may very well have bloody urine for that reason.

Seniors especially should pay attention to any blood in their urine.  Men who are over the age of 50 should always get regular prostate checks to ensure prostate health.

Related:

Urinary Tract Infections

Cloudy Urine

Red Urine

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Fistula

Bladder, Vaginal and Rectal Fistulas

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two organs that are not usually connected.  A fistula between the bladder and the vagina or the colon could cause your urine to smell bad. The fistula would allow bacteria into the bladder that is normally not present. This can make your urine smell bad.

Fistula

What Causes a Bladder Fistula?

Bladder fistulas are usually caused by a previous surgery, Crohn’s Disease, diverticulitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, cancer or radiation therapy.

Treating fistulas involves removing them surgically.

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Bladder Cancer

In some rare instances, a foul odor in urine can be caused by bladder cancer.

Bladder cancer is a relatively rare condition. The symptom most commonly associated with bladder cancer is blood in the urine. The majority of people with bladder cancer will have blood or blood clots in their urine. Other symptoms of early stage bladder cancer include pain during urination, frequent urination of small amounts of urine and frequent urinary tract infections.
Bladder Cancer

As bladder cancer advances, it may cause lower back side pain and swelling in the legs.

If you have any of the signs or symptoms associated with bladder cancer, you should discuss them with your doctor. Many different conditions can cause the same symptoms as bladder cancer. You will need a doctor’s help to find out what is at the source of your foul-smelling urine.

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Kidney, Bladder and Liver Conditions that Can Cause Smelly Urine

 

Bladder Cancer

In some rare instances, a foul odor in urine can be caused by bladder cancer. 

Bladder cancer is a relatively rare condition.  The symptom most commonly associated with bladder cancer is blood in the urine.  The majority of people with bladder cancer have blood or blood clots in their urine. MORE... 

Fistula

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two organs that are not usually connected.  A fistula between the bladder and the vagina or the colon could cause your urine to smell bad. The fistula would allow bacteria into the bladder that is normally not present. This can make your urine smell bad. MORE...

Liver Failure

Liver failure occurs when the liver becomes unable to function. It can be the result of years of deterioration, or it can have a sudden onset, depending on the cause. MORE...

 

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are known for being extremely painful. Typically the pain radiates from the flank to the groin or to the genitals and inner thigh area…MORE...

 

Renal Glycosuria

Renal glycosuria is a very rare genetic disease, and it’s estimated to only affect 0.16-6.3% of the total population.  The condition is harmless, however it can still cause stinky urine… MORE…

Vesicoureteral Reflux

Vesicoureteral Reflux

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Infections that Cause Stinky Urine

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)

Sexually transmitted diseases can cause stinky urine, especially one called Trichomonas… MORE... 

 

 

 

UTI Infections (Urinary Tract Infections)

Urinary Tract Infections are bacterial infections that most commonly affect the bladder and urethra…MORE...

 

 

 

Yeast Infections

 

Yeast infections can also make your urine smell extremely bad…MORE...

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases that Cause Stinky Urine: Trichomoniasis

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) can cause smelly urine in some cases. Other related conditions can also be the cause, however. Examples include:

  • UTI Infections (Urinary Tract Infections or UTI’s)
  • Yeast Infections
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases that Cause Stinky Urine

If you believe an STD might be the cause of your stinky urine, you should see a doctor or take an STD test. Visiting your doctor is the best option for determining the cause of stinky urine as well as for being evaluated for STD’s.

Read on to find out more about the top three STD’s that typically cause foul smelling urine.

Trichomoniasis and Stinky Urine

Yeast Infections and Stinky UrineTrichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that causes smelly urine, among other symptoms.

Trichomoniasis is an infection caused by a protozoan parasite (Trichomonas vaginalis). The parasite kills its hosts’ cells for food. Most of the time, this infection takes hold in the vagina or urethra. It can then start causing stinky urine as one of its symptoms.

 Symptoms usually begin from 5 to 28 days after contracting trichomoniasis, if they occur at all.

Trichomoniasis Symptoms in Women

Although trichomoniasis can infect both men and women, women are more likely to have symptoms from it. These may include:

  • Foul smelling urine
  • Pain/discomfort during sex
  • Painful or uncomfortable urination
  • Itching, burning and inflammation in the cervix, vagina or urethra
  • Vaginal discharge- usually yellow-green in color, frothy and fishy-smelling
  • Occasionally, this STD may cause pain in the lower abdomen

Trichomoniasis Symptoms in Men

Some men who become infected with trichomoniasis show no symptoms. However, when symptoms do appear, they may include:

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Irritation in the penis
  • Irritation/burning after ejaculating
  • Irritation/burning after urinating
  • Stinky urine

Keep in mind that even if symptoms go away, this does not necessarily mean the trichomoniasis has gone away.

Complications from Trichomoniasis

Regardless of your gender, you should not skip treatment for trichomoniasis or any other STD. Doing so increases your risk of certain health problems later. For the STD trichomoniasis, these include:

  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Increased risk of cervical cancer or prostate cancer
  • Increased risk of transmitting HIV

To protect yourself against trichomoniasis and other STD’s, always practice safe sex.

How Do I Get Tested for Trichomoniasis?

While at-home test kits exist for STD’s such as HIV, gonorrhea and Chlamydia, no such test exists for trichomoniasis and many other STD’s. Therefore, it is important to get tested for STD’s according to your doctor’s instructions.

Another way to get tested for STD’s is to do STD testing online. You schedule the test online and then you need only go to the lab. Your results will be available to you online afterwards.

The way STD testing online works is you schedule a time to go to a testing lab near you (usually there are so many locations that you’ll find one very close by). The STD testing center is confidential and the test usually only takes a few minutes. Then you will receive your test results online. Many companies send your results fast- within 1-2 days.

STD testing online is also good if you want to do the test before seeing your doctor.

Do not let embarrassment or fear stop you from getting an STD test. Put your health first!

There are several major companies that offer STD testing online, including:

Related:

OTHER STD’S

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Worst Case Scenarios

Worst Case Scenarios: Is Stinky Urine a Sign of a Disease?

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If you are having problems with smelly urine, you may be worried about whether it is a sign of a disease or health problem.  This is especially true if you are also having other symptoms you believe might be related to the bad smell in your urine.

 

The only way to find out for sure what is causing the bad odor in your urine is to consult your doctor.  However, knowing the worst possibilities up front can help you be prepared and informed so you can make the most of your doctor visit.

These causes are much less likely than the possibilities on our Top 10 Most Common Causes of Stinky Urine list, but they are possibilities nonetheless.

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Diabetes and Stinky Urine

Diabetes

Diabetes is caused by an inadequate amount of insulin in the blood.  The result is that higher than normal levels of glucose start to appear…More..

 

 

 

 

 

Ketoacidosis

Ketoacidosis is when the body has abnormally high concentrations of ketones. This lowers the pH of the blood. Ketoacidosis can cause urine to smell bad.  The smell is usually described as “like fruit” or “like nail polish remover”. The odor is caused by the release of acetone.More..

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Foods, Drinks and Spices that Make Your Pee Smell Bad

Certain foods and drinks can cause your urine to smell bad. Fortunately, in most cases the smell is harmless and goes away within a day or two.  

 

Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc.)

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower or Brussels sprouts, can sometimes cause urine to have an unusual or foul odor.

Chilies and Other Spicy Foods

 

Eating foods that are naturally spicy, such as chili peppers, can make you have foul smelling urine, especially if you eat them in large quantities.

Garlic

Garlic is another food that can cause your pee to smell bad, especially when eaten in large quantities or when eaten raw. It contains sulfuric substances that smell unpleasant to the human nose.

 

 

 

 

Read on to learn more about the common foods, drinks and spices that can cause smelly pee.

 

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Foods, Drinks and Spices that Cause Smelly Urine

Certain foods and drinks can cause your urine to smell bad. Fortunately, in most cases the smell is harmless and goes away within a day or two.  

 

Spices Such as Cumin, Coriander & Saffron

Heavily spiced foods in general can cause stinky urine. Cumin, coriander and saffron in particular can give your urine a foul odor.


Fortunately, the bad smell will go away on its own in about a day.

Read on to learn more about the common foods, drinks and spices that can cause smelly pee.

Asparagus

 

The most notorious food that causes foul smelling urine is asparagus.  While it is great for your health, it can leave you with an unusual odor in your urine for a day or two. The odor is often described as being like sulfur or rotten cabbage. 

 

The odor in urine caused by eating asparagus is completely normal and will go away naturally in about one day.

 

Next time you get an asparagus craving, try these tricks to lessen the strong smell in your urine:

 

Select large stalks of asparagus.  They contain less of the sulfuric compounds that make your pee stink than the thinner stalks do.

 

Add fresh lemon juice to your asparagus right before eating it.  Some say the acidity of the lemon juice balances out the substances in asparagus that cause foul-smelling urine.

Related:

 

Causes of Smelly Urine Related to Ketones

 

Yeast Infections and Stinky Urine

 

Smoking and Smelly Urine

 

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