1. Get Help
- Call your health care provider to set up a prompt appointment, even if you only see blood once in the urine. Inform the staff about the blood when you call.
- Symptoms may include blood clots or red, pink, orange, or brown color in urine.
2. Monitor Symptoms
Be ready to answer these questions for the health care provider:
- What color was the blood in the urine?
- Were there blood clots? If so, what size and shape?
- Was there blood at the beginning or end of the urine stream or during the entire stream?
- Was it painful to urinate? Where was the pain located (for example, back, side, groin, or genital area)?
- Are there other symptoms, such as frequent or urgent urination? Burning during urination? Fever or chills?
3. Follow Up
Most causes of blood in the urine are not serious, but some are. The health care provider may order one or more of these tests:
- Urinalysis to check for urinary tract infection or kidney disease
- Blood test to check for kidney disease
- Kidney imaging studies to check for a tumor, kidney or bladder stone, or blockage to urine flow
- Cystoscopic examination (looking at the inside of the bladder with a very thin scope) to check for a tumor or bladder stone