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

A mockup of a man peeing blue

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.

Green/Blue 

  • Biliverdin (liver disease)
  • Blue diaper syndrome or Hartnup disease (defect in tryptophan absorption)
  • Herbicide ingestion
  • Pseudomonas UTI (antibiotic resistant UTI)

 Orange

  • Urinary Tract Infaction (UTI)
  • Dehydration
  • Insufficient fluid intake

White - 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)

Brown

  • 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

Black

  • 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)

Red

  • 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

So, what’s your pee color?

credits to Dr. Diana Sarmiento (the blogging Doc) for these helpful info.
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One Response to Pee Color Check: What Does It Say About Your Health?

  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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