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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract

Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
November 30, 2018

What to do when there’s blood in your pee

Do you need to see the doctor if your pee has blood in it? Unless you are a woman and are currently menstruating, the answer is Yes! it’s not normal to have blood in your pee. The colour of your urine says a lot about your health. What’s more concerning is spotting blood in it which could appear red, maroon, pink, or like a dark, smoky colour. Haematuria Haematuria is what doctors call it when you have there’s blood in your urine. In rare cases, red urine may be caused by certain foods or medicines. You may or may not…
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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
May 6, 2017

5 reasons you’re not weeing

Weeing isn’t something you need to think about doing; it just happens. But lately, that has been a (wee) bit difficult. Trips to the loo have become painful. And, worst of all, you don’t know why. The reason for your weeing woes could be one of these: 1. You’re dehydrated. Dehydration is when there isn’t enough water in the body, as a result of not getting enough fluids, or excessive fluid loss. It usually happens when you’re sick with diarrhoea or vomitting, and can’t replace the fluids you’re losing fast enough. When this happens, your kidneys retain as much fluid…
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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
April 28, 2017

It hurts when I wee – what could it be?

Pain or discomfort during urination (also known as dysuria) can be caused by many different conditions. A common one you may be familiar with, is urinary tract infection. But what if it isn't an infection? How do you treat it and when do you need to see the doctor? The three main culprits 1. Urinary tract infections A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a common reason for burning wee. It's most common in women, but can also occur in men. The infection can be found anywhere along the urinary tract, from the kidneys, all the way down to the…
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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
April 12, 2017

Are you at risk for kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease is on the rise in South Africa, and we’re not looking too healthy. It’s estimated that at least 15 percent of South Africans suffer from kidney disease. Why such a dire statistic? The kidneys are major organs in our body and support a lot of different functions of the other organs. Think of the kidneys as key supporting actors in your body. How kidneys work in the body These bean-shaped organs are filters. Every day, the kidneys sift through about 150 litres of fluid of which about 148 litres of useful substances like protein is cleansed and…
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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
April 6, 2017

5 reasons you’re weeing all the time

When nature calls, we really have no choice but to answer. However, running to the bathroom one too many times a day can say much more about the state of your health than what you might think. The average bladder can hold about one and a half to two cups of urine during the day and the average adult should urinate about six times a day. If you find yourself running to the loo more than six times each day, you might be at risk of illness. It is important for the bladder to be emptied regularly and completely because…
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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
March 8, 2017

What you need to know about kidney stones

You feel like you’re on your deathbed. Waves of pain are attacking from every angle; in your side, below the ribs, your groin… the pain makes it near impossible to wee! You could have kidney stones. Symptoms that make grown men cry You will know it by its array of symptoms ranging from extreme pain (pretty much everywhere), pink, red or brown urine, nausea, vomitting, and urinating more than usual. And don’t forget the agony that comes from urinating – intense agony. How they are formed Kidney stones form when waste materials in the urine do not dissolve completely. Some…
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Bladder, Kidney & Urinary Tract
April 29, 2016

What you need to know about Urinary tract infections

Do you feel the urge to wee, only to get to the toilet and pass a small amount of urine, with no relief? Is it painful to wee? You may possibly have a urinary tract infection. It’s a common condition, but it can get very serious, if you don’t get treatment. (more…)
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