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I've had a urine infection since last Monday...

I've had a urine infection since last Monday. I've had my urine tested at the pharmacy he says I don't have Urine infection but there is blood being detected in my urine sample. I still have pain when going toilet I need to wee every 5 mins and I also have pain on my right side lower stomach.

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The answer

Sometimes, urine may contain only a small amount of blood invisible to the naked eye and is only apparent when a urine test is carried out for something else. It’s not normally anything life-threatening but this still needs to be investigated by your doctor, as healthy urine should not contain any detectable amounts of blood.

The blood will have come from somewhere within the urinary tract – the kidneys, bladder or the tubes that urine passes through. It is often the result of a urinary tract infection (UTI), such as cystitis, kidney infection or stones.

Symptoms of a UTI:

  • A need to empty your bladder more often than normal
  • Pain or discomfort when passing urine
  • Sudden urges to pass urine
  • Feeling as if you are unable to empty your bladder fully
  • Pain low down in your tummy
  • Urine is cloudy, foul smelling or contains blood
  • Feeling generally unwell, achy and tired

We would suggest that you see your GP if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. Your GP can rule out other possible causes by testing a sample of your urine and if necessary he may send a sample to microbiology to confirm an infection. This is normally treated with a course of antibiotics and the symptoms will normally pass within three to five days of starting.

Over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol can help with any pain and drinking plenty of fluids may also help you feel more comfortable.

We do hope that this has helped and if we can be of any further assistance please not hesitate to contact the Health at Hand team.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses