Who is at risk for hematuria?

People who are most likely to have blood in their urine are those with existing diseases that are known to cause hematuria, such as the ones listed in the section related to causes of hematuria. However, certain actions may increase a person’s chances of having blood in their urine. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Overuse of pain medications
  • Exposure to certain chemicals
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Running or jogging for long distances

Avoiding these actions may decrease the chances of having blood in your urine.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/13/2018.

References

  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Hematuria (Blood in the Urine). Accessed 6/15/2018.
  • Meng MV, Stoller ML, Walsh TJ. Chapter 23. Urologic Disorders. In: Papadakis MA, McPhee SJ, Rabow MW, eds. CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2013. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2013.
  • Rao, P. K., Jones, J. S. (2008) How to evaluate 'dipstick hematuria': what to do before you refer. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine75, 227–233.

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