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Acute Hematuria


Hematuria is blood in your urine from an injury or medical condition. Acute means the problem starts suddenly, worsens quickly, and lasts a short time. Your urine may be bright red to dark brown. Some common causes of hematuria are bladder infection, kidney stone, trauma to the kidneys or bladder, and some medications. Sometimes blood clots can block the urethra so that you cannot empty your bladder.


Take your medicine as directed.

Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Increase the amount of fluid you drink:

Drink clear fluids to help flush the blood from your urinary tract. Follow instructions about how much fluid to drink.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Your healthcare provider or specialist will tell you how often to come in for follow-up visits. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever that gets worse or does not go away with treatment.
  • You cannot keep liquids or medicines down.
  • Your urine gets darker, even after you drink extra liquids.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition, treatment, or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have blood in your urine after a new injury, such as a fall.
  • You are urinating very small amounts or not at all.
  • You feel like you cannot empty your bladder.
  • You have severe back or side pain that does not go away with treatment.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.