Finding blood in your urine can be quite concerning at first, but many times it can signify a harmless occurrence. However, speaking to one of the best urologists at Urology of Virginia will alleviate any of your concerns. Many patients are referred to see a urologist to evaluate the finding of hematuria, which means blood in the urine. Sometimes the patient has seen blood in the urine (this is macroscopic or gross hematuria). Other times, the referring doctor has seen microscopic amounts of blood in the urine, defined as more than 3 red blood cells per high power field of observation under a microscope. Whether it is gross blood or microscopic blood, it is not a normal event and may need evaluation.
Having discolored urine is NOT the same as having blood in the urine. There are some foods that can cause similar effects of hematuria such as beets, rhubarb, blackberries, and food coloring. Some medications can cause red or orange urine such as Rifampin, Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), and Phenazopyridine (Pyridium). Brown and dark urine may also come from some laxatives containing Senna or Cascara, liver disorders, extreme exercise, antimalarial drugs, metronidazole, and nitrofurantoin.