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Treatment for blood in the urine

If you have visible blood in urine (pee), do not attempt to treat yourself with home remedies. Seek medical advice about ‘ blood in pee’ without delay.

Medical treatment for blood in the urine

Many conditions can cause blood in the urine. Some of these have no medical significance and do not require treatment. They usually go away by themselves. Others can be serious and require immediate treatment. Treatment depends on the underlying cause of the bleeding. Any time you notice blood in the urine, don’t be embarrassed, seek medical advice.

Kidney stones

For most cases of kidney stones you will be told to drink plenty of water and other fluids and to take painkillers.

  • Most stones will pass through the urinary system by themselves. In certain instances, more extensive measures may be required.
  • One form of therapy, called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), uses sound waves to crush the stones. The smaller pieces can then pass through more easily, though some pain may remain.
  • Another form of therapy uses ureteroscopy to find the stone in the ureter and then to grab and remove it with a small scoop.

Urinary tract infection

Treatment seeks to get rid of the bacteria responsible for the infection. If you have no other significant illness, you will probably take a course of antibiotics for three to 14 days, depending on the source of the infection.

Benign prostate enlargement

Sometimes avoiding medication that irritates the prostate or affects urine flow can help. On occasion, medication or surgery is necessary to reduce the size of the prostate.


If a medicine is causing blood in your urine, also called haematuria, you may be advised to stop taking it by your doctor, who will recommend a suitable alternative. Some medicines only discolour the urine without actually causing haematuria. Your healthcare provider should determine if these can be continued. Do not stop a medication without talking it over with your healthcare provider first.

Urinary tract blockage

A blockage usually requires surgery or other procedure to correct or remove it.


These may heal over time, or you may need surgery or another procedure to repair the injury or remove the damaged tissue.

Kidney cancer or bladder cancer

Blood in urine (pee) can be a sign of kidney cancer or bladder cancer, even if you notice it only once. Visible blood in urine is a key symptom in more than 8 out of 10 bladder cancers.

WebMD Medical Reference

Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on October 12, 2013

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