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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.

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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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How Urinary Tract Infections (UTI Infections) Cause Stinky Urine

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If your urine is foul-smelling, the cause could be a urinary tract infection, or UTI.  Some other symptoms of UTIs are pain or burning when urinating or pain in the abdomen.  If you have a UTI, you will likely need to see your doctor for antibiotics to get rid of it.  However, there are some home remedies you can use to prevent or stave off minor UTIs.

SYMPTOMS OF A UTI INFECTION

Sometimes a person can have a UTI without having any signs or symptoms whatsoever.  Having at least one symptom is more likely, though.  Some of the typical signs and symptoms of UTIs are:

·         Constantly feeling like you need to urinate

·         A burning, stinging or painful sensation when urinating

·         Cloudy urine

·         Foul-smelling urine

·         Frequent urination, often of only small amounts

·         Pain in the pelvic area if you are female

·         If you are male, you may experience pain in the area of your rectum

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

If your UTI stems from an infection in your urethra, you may notice burning during urination.

If your UTI is associated with your bladder, you may experience the following:

·         Pain or discomfort in your lower abdominal area

·         A sensation of pressure in your pelvic area or a constant urge to urinate

·         Blood in your urine

·         Frequent urination

·         Burning during urination

Can Men or Children Get Urinary Tract Infections?

Yes.  Women are most susceptible to urinary tract infections, but a UTI can happen to anyone.  One of the most common reasons people have stinky urine is that they’ve got a UTI.

Men are more resistant to urinary tract infections than women are.  Even if a man is exposed to the bacteria that cause UTIs, he may not actually develop a urinary tract infection.  Part of the reason for this is that males have longer urethras than females do, so bacteria have to travel further to reach the urinary tract.  In the time that takes, it’s highly likely the bacteria will get flushed out by urination.

Even a baby can get a UTI.  In the case of small children, it is even more important to seek out a doctor’s advice if the child is having symptoms of a UTI.  Children’s immune systems are not yet fully developed, so a UTI can quickly get out of control. The child also may not be able to tell you about the burning during urination or constant urge to urinate.

How Can I Tell If I have a UTI?

 If you are experiencing any kind of pain or burning during urination or if your urine odor is strong or unpleasant, then you should consult a doctor.  These are common symptoms of UTI’s.

You can also use an at-home test kit for urinary tract infections, such as AZO Urinary Infection Test Strips.

How Do I Get Rid of a UTI?

A course of antibiotics is used to treat a urinary tract infection.  While taking antibiotics isn’t really a pleasant prospect (especially because they cause stomach upset for some), it is much better than continuing to deal with the UTI.  Keep in mind that as an infection, a UTI can spread.

There are some natural home remedies you can use to get rid of UTIs, but these are best used to prevent UTIs or to get rid of one that is just starting

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Dark Colored Urine

Dark Colored Urine

There are also medications that will make your urine dark, such as pyridium. An example of an over-the-counter medication that changes urine color is AZO, which relieves urinary pain.

Liver diseases may cause dark urine. Jaundice, known for its tendency to turn skin yellow, is a sign associated with liver dysfunction. Hepatitis A, B and C may cause dark colored urine, but they are not the only liver conditions that may do this.

Gallstones may cause urine color to become darker. Other symptoms they cause include loss of appetite, indigestion and jaundice.

Overheating/over exposure to heat causes urine to become dark. If you suspect someone is overheating, seek medical attention immediately. If not treated, this condition can kill a person. Some other signs of overheating are clammy skin, hyperventilation (fast breathing) and excessive sweating.

Dark Urine

If you or a loved one is experiencing dark urine, it could be cause for alarm, but most likely it is nothing to get worried about.  Your urine is normally clear with a faint yellow color.  The color of your urine may change, however, based on the types of foods you’re eating, the liquids you’re drinking, and the medications you’re taking.  Some substances and compounds can alter the color of our urine, sometimes leading to dark urine.

What Causes Dark Urine?

Some of the things that can lead to dark urine are natural or artificial food colors, which may come from foods like dark colored berries or beets.  Even something as mundane as black licorice, (which also makes your stool turn green, by the way) can give you a dark urine color.  Alcoholic drinks can also darken the color of your urine, so if you are drinking a lot, consider cutting back.  Another good idea is to increase your water intake- whether or not you continue drinking alcohol, making this simple change can do wonders for the health of your urinary tract and liver.

If you take vitamins or laxatives, you may notice a change in the color of your urine, making it look darker.  Pyridium, a substance commonly found in laxatives, is one drug that will often make your urine a darker color.  If you’re taking a carotene supplement, which is a form of Vitamin A, or if you just have higher levels of carotene from eating foods such as broccoli, spinach, or other fruits and vegetables high in carotene, your urine could darken as a result.  This is usually no cause for concern.

Another possible cause of dark urine is blood.  Many things can cause blood to appear in your urine, including infections, kidney disease, kidney stones, severe bodily trauma, and even cancer.  If you’re suffering from a urinary tract infection, your urine may appear darker in color.  Jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin, is another cause of dark urine because of the increased levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream.  Liver disease or other obstructions that interfere with bile, such as diseases of the pancreas or bile ducts, are sometimes to blame for dark colored urine.

The most common cause of dark urine, however, is dehydration.  If you’re not drinking enough water your urine will be more concentrated, leading to urine that is darker than normal.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you’ve experienced any pain when you urinate and/or your urine is a dark color, you could have a medical condition that needs attention.  Fever and fatigue are also warning  signs that should make you seek a doctor’s advice. and if your dark urine is accompanied by any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately.  A dark brown color, for instance, could mean you’re suffering from a serious liver ailment, possibly even cirrhosis or hepatitis.  When dark urine shows up with other symptoms, prompt medical attention is your best course of action.

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Dark Colored Urine

Dark Colored Urine

What Is Normal Urine Supposed To Look Like?
The normal urine of a healthy person should be a light yellow color. It should be clear, not cloudy.  And its odor should not be very strong.

What Causes Dark Colored Urine?
There are many possible situations that could make your urine dark. Some of these are no cause for concern, but others are signs of serious illness.

There are different types of dark urine. If you have blood in your urine, the color may be red, orange, pink, brownish-red or the color of tea.

A urinary tract infection (UTI or bladder infection) can make your urine darker and/or cloudy.

Ordinary, everyday substances sometimes make your urine darker than normal. Examples include beets, blackberries, B complex vitamins, beta carotene and food colorings.

Dehydration Causes Dark Yellow Urine
Urine that is dark yellow in color is very often caused by dehydration. When you drink less water, your urine becomes more concentrated and it will appear darker. Make sure your water intake is adequate. Eight glasses a day is a common recommendation, but you may need to drink more in certain situations, such as the following:

  • Extreme weather temperatures, both hot and cold;
  • Exercise increases your need for water;
  • Sweating;
  • Your height and weight.

As you drink more water, you should notice the color of your urine getting lighter and lighter.

Foods and Medications that Can Turn Your Pee Dark Yellow
The foods you eat can make your urine dark yellow. Food coloring, dyes and even compounds found in natural, unprocessed food could make your pee darker temporarily. Sometimes you will even find these dyes or colorings in medications. Some foods known to cause a change in the color of your urine include:

  • Blackberries
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Fava Beans
  • Aloe

If you have taken certain medications recently, they could be the cause of dark yellow urine color:

  • Laxatives
  • Warfarin
  • Rifampin
  • Phenazopyridine
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Quinine and related drugs
  • Sulfamethoxazole

Diseases and Medical Conditions that Cause Dark Yellow Urine
If you are having other symptoms in addition to dark yellow urine, such as foul smelling urine, fever or pain, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis. It is quite possible your symptoms are related and may be part of a larger problem.

Urinary Tract Infections
One common medical condition that causes dark yellow urine is a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you have a UTI, chances are your urine looks cloudy or has a foul odor, and you could have other typical symptoms:

  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Painful urination
  • Pain in your back under one of your ribs
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

If you have a compromised immune system or any of the conditions below, you are at a higher risk for having UTIs:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease or kidney stones
  • Pregnant
  • Have an enlarged prostate

Dark Colored Urine

There are also medications that will make your urine dark, such as pyridium. An example of an over-the-counter medication that changes urine color is AZO, which relieves urinary pain.

Liver diseases may cause dark urine. Jaundice, known for its tendency to turn skin yellow, is a sign associated with liver dysfunction. Hepatitis A, B and C may cause dark colored urine, but they are not the only liver conditions that may do this.

Gallstones may cause urine color to become darker. Other symptoms they cause include loss of appetite, indigestion and jaundice.

Overheating/over exposure to heat causes urine to become dark. If you suspect someone is overheating, seek medical attention immediately. If not treated, this condition can kill a person. Some other signs of overheating are clammy skin, hyperventilation (fast breathing) and excessive sweating.

Dark Urine

If you or a loved one is experiencing dark urine, it could be cause for alarm, but most likely it is nothing to get worried about.  Your urine is normally clear with a faint yellow color.  The color of your urine may change, however, based on the types of foods you’re eating, the liquids you’re drinking, and the medications you’re taking.  Some substances and compounds can alter the color of our urine, sometimes leading to dark urine.

What Causes Dark Urine?

Some of the things that can lead to dark urine are natural or artificial food colors, which may come from foods like dark colored berries or beets.  Even something as mundane as black licorice, (which also makes your stool turn green, by the way) can give you a dark urine color.  Alcoholic drinks can also darken the color of your urine, so if you are drinking a lot, consider cutting back.  Another good idea is to increase your water intake- whether or not you continue drinking alcohol, making this simple change can do wonders for the health of your urinary tract and liver.

If you take vitamins or laxatives, you may notice a change in the color of your urine, making it look darker.  Pyridium, a substance commonly found in laxatives, is one drug that will often make your urine a darker color.  If you’re taking a carotene supplement, which is a form of Vitamin A, or if you just have higher levels of carotene from eating foods such as broccoli, spinach, or other fruits and vegetables high in carotene, your urine could darken as a result.  This is usually no cause for concern.

Another possible cause of dark urine is blood.  Many things can cause blood to appear in your urine, including infections, kidney disease, kidney stones, severe bodily trauma, and even cancer.  If you’re suffering from a urinary tract infection, your urine may appear darker in color.  Jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin, is another cause of dark urine because of the increased levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream.  Liver disease or other obstructions that interfere with bile, such as diseases of the pancreas or bile ducts, are sometimes to blame for dark colored urine.

The most common cause of dark urine, however, is dehydration.  If you’re not drinking enough water your urine will be more concentrated, leading to urine that is darker than normal.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you’ve experienced any pain when you urinate and/or your urine is a dark color, you could have a medical condition that needs attention.  Fever and fatigue are also warning  signs that should make you seek a doctor’s advice. and if your dark urine is accompanied by any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately.  A dark brown color, for instance, could mean you’re suffering from a serious liver ailment, possibly even cirrhosis or hepatitis.  When dark urine shows up with other symptoms, prompt medical attention is your best course of action.

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Top 10 Causes of Stinky Urine Part 1

The Top 10 Most Common Causes of Stinky Urine

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#10: Kidney Stones Cause Stinky Urine

Kidney or bladder stones, also known as urinary stones, can cause stinky urine. Urinary stones are more common in men, but women can also get them…MORE

 

 

739bba_3f1c4f13f469ed319943c390700fbad8#9: Smoking and Smelly Urine

Have you noticed lately that your urine smells?  I’m not talking about the usual smell we associate with urine, but something worse.  If you smoke, that could be the cause of the problem…MORE

 

739bba_59307a424e646e93fe345f5921a17f94#8: High Protein/Low Carb Diets

Eating a diet high in protein puts your liver to work. As your liver processes the extra protein you’ve taken in, it produces ammonia as a by-product.  Since ammonia is toxic, your liver converts it to urea.  Then your kidneys send it out of your body through your urine…MORE

 

STD

#7: STD’s & Stinky Urine

Some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) cause foul smelling urine.  Many others cause symptoms often mistaken for stinky pee at first, such as those that cause foul-smelling discharge…MORE

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#6: Vitamins & Supplements that Make Your Urine Smell Bad

Certain vitamins and health supplements can make your urine have an unusual or foul smell…MORE

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#5: Medications

Certain medications are known for causing urine to have a strong, unusual or foul odor, including antibiotics and sulfa drugs, among others…MORE

 

 

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