Hematuria can be an indicator of bleeding anywhere in the urinary tract as the urine generally accumulates all waste that the body will excrete. Seeing red urine can be daunting and scary, but it can also be a result of consuming red food or liquids. If the hematuria persists for a day or two even after diet alterations, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional and perform a urine test to help diagnose the hematuria cause.
Before attempting to treat the red urine, it is important to know the root cause of the hematuria. Diabetes, liver or kidney problems are commonly suspected causes, as well as Urinary Tract Infections. The simplest approach to curbing the hematuria symptoms are adopting a diet friendly to urinary tract health.
It is important to remember that not all red urine is hematuria. Plenty of chemicals, artificial and natural food colors, and other substances can create the appearance of red urine without having any blood present in the pee. Sometimes orange urine, amber urine, or brown urine can be a sign that something dark is in the urine. It is difficult to tell what causes the red, orange or brown urine without performing specific tests and consulting a medical professional who can perform a proper diagnosis.
Part of the problem with rash diagnosis, is that even if the red in the urine is in fact hematuria, the blood does not necessarily have to come from bleeding within the urinary system. The blood can come from bleeding elsewhere in the body from injury, disease or other causes.