Causes of Occult Blood in Urine
There are a number of health conditions that can cause occult blood in urine. Some of the most common causes include :
- Urinary tract infection
- Kidney infection
- Kidney or bladder stones
- Kidney injury
- Enlarged prostate
- Certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs or blood thinners
Blood in the urine can also indicate more serious illnesses, such as:
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Kidney disease
- Chronic illnesses such as sickle cell disease
It is possible to have blood in the urine due to non-harmful conditions as well. Athletes can develop blood in urine after extended exercise, and menstruation and endometriosis can also be contributors .
Certain foods like rhubarb or beetroot can discolor urine and make your urine appear as if it has visible blood in it. If you are concerned about hematuria, avoid these foods to ensure your urine's appearance reflects your health and not your diet.
When To Call a Doctor
If you use an at-home urine test such as Urinox-10 and receive a positive result for occult blood in the urine, you should call your doctor. You may need additional testing to determine how much occult blood is in your urine and diagnose the cause.