Urinary tract infections are common among men and women. They’re caused by bacteria entering your bladder and urethra. You’re probably familiar with some of the symptoms of UTIs. These include a frequent need to pee, painful urination, smelly and cloudy urine, and pressure or cramps in your lower abdomen, back, or sides. But what if you’re peeing blood, or see blood when you wipe? Is that a normal symptom of a UTI?
The short answer is yes. Peeing blood (also known as hematuria) during a UTI is totally normal. Read on to learn what causes it, and how you can treat it.
Why am I seeing blood in my urine during a UTI?
While it may seem alarming to see blood in your urine, it’s a normal symptom of a UTI. You can blame the bacteria that’s causing your UTI for this; the bacteria infection causes inflammation to the lining of your urinary tract, which results in a small number of red blood cells making their way into your urine.
This may show up as a pink streak when wiping, or your urine in the toilet may seem red. Both are typically normal symptoms of a UTI and will likely go away once your UTI is treated.
How do I treat blood in my urine due to a UTI?
The only way to stop the bleeding from a UTI is to treat the UTI. Antibiotics are the best course of action. Your doctor can provide you with a prescription for an antibiotic to treat your UTI. Antibiotics typically only take a few days to start working but make sure you take your medication for the full length of time prescribed. If you stop early, the UTI may not be completely cleared and could come back.
Be sure to stay hydrated throughout your treatment. Staying hydrated helps to flush the bacteria from your urinary tract and can help with recovery as your antibiotics kick in.
When to get help for a UTI.
If you think you have a UTI, you should see a doctor right away. This is especially true if you are peeing blood or notice blood when you wipe. Your doctor will be able to diagnose your problem and provide you with the treatment you need to clear up the infection.
Letting a UTI go untreated for too long can cause greater problems, as the infection may spread from the bladder to the kidneys. This could reduce kidney function, and could be especially dangerous for those who already have kidney problems.