What Your Urine Color May Mean
What Your Urine Color May Mean

What Your Urine Color May Mean

Do you look at your pee before you flush? Here’s why you should.

Urologic Conditions & Diseases

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(HealthDay News) -- Most of the time, your urine should be a pale yellow color, says Harvard Medical School.

Though food or medication can change urine's color, if your urine truly looks abnormal, you should always consult a doctor without delay.

Harvard Medical School mentions these typical causes of a change in urine color:

  • Dark yellow typically indicates dehydration from lack of fluids.
  • Red may indicate a problem with the urinary system.
  • Brown or black urine may indicate a liver condition.
  • Orange is often the result of taking certain medications.
  • Milky-white urine color may indicate a urinary tract infection.
  • Blue and green colors typically result from diagnostic test dyes.
  • Purple urine may occur when someone has a urinary catheter.

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