Pee Color Check: What Does It Say About Your Health?

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Do you look at your pee whenever you go to the loo? What color is it? Red, orange, brown, colorless? Do you know that your pee color tells a lot about your health condition? Let's also take a look at the causes of this color change.


  • Biliverdin (liver disease)

  • Blue diaper syndrome or Hartnup disease (defect in tryptophan absorption)

  • Herbicide ingestion

  • Pseudomonas UTI (antibiotic resistant UTI)


  • Urinary Tract Infaction (UTI)

  • Dehydration

  • Insufficient fluid intake


This is not the colorless type of urine. It's like milky white in color (to be particular)

  • Chyluria (leakage of lymphatic fluid in urine)

  • Filariasis (roundworm infestation)

  • Lymphatic fistula (abnormal connection between urinary tract and lymphatics)

  • Schistosomiasis (parasitic infection with liver fluke)

  • Lipiduria (presence of fat cells in urine due to nephrotic syndrome)

  • Propofol infusion (injection with the anesthetic Propofol)

  • Proteinuria (excessive protein in urine in kidney disease)

  • Pyuria (pus cells in urine)

  • Urinary tuberculosis (TB of the urinary tract)

  • Hypercalciuria (elevated calcium in urine)

  • Hyperoxaluria (excess oxalate, a component of kidney stones)

  • Phosphaturia (phosphate in urine, a component of bone and teeth)


  • Acetaminophen overdose (pain reliever)

  • Metronidazole (antibiotic for vaginal infections and amoebiasis)

  • Niridazole (treatment against flatworms)

  • Nitrofurantoin (treatment for urinary tract infection)

  • Foods like rhubarb and fava beans can lead to brown urine as well


  • Methyldopa (antihypertensive)

  • Cresol (food additive in ketchup, cheese, bacon, smoked foods)

  • Iron (included in multivitamins)

  • Laxative (stool softener)

  • L-dopa (anti-Parkinson's drug)

  • Methocarbamol (muscle relaxant)

  • Sorbitol (sugar alcohol found in apples, pears, peaches, prunes)


  • Hemolytic anemia (anemia due to destruction of red blood cells)

  • G6PD deficiency (lacks the enzyme for red cell metabolism)

  • Sickle cell anemia (abnormally shaped red cells)

  • Thalassemia (deficiency of one component of red cells)

  • Thrombocytopenic purpura (bleeding disorder with bruising and blood spots)

  • Transfusion reaction

  • Nephrolithiasis (kidney stones)

  • Nutcracker syndrome (compression of left renal vein)

  • Porphyria (enzyme abnormalities in blood production)

  • Foods like carrots, beets and blackberries

credits to Dr. Diana Sarmiento (the blogging Doc) for these helpful info.

See next page for more pee color >>

Here's also an infographic from to better understand your pee.

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So, what's your pee color?

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  1. Good article.Presence of blood in urine could also occur after strenuous activities like after running a marathon.However it is necessary for a person to seek medical help if they experience any traces of blood in urine.Cheers!!!



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