Check Up : His urine has changed colour

July 05, 2017

Rasheed who emails Check Up from a Kingston address has noticed that his urine seems darker in colour. He asks if this can be normal or what is wrong.

Rasheed should definitely visit a physician for evaluation. A change in urine colour can have many meanings from a fairly insignificant concentrated urine which can be resolved by drinking more fluids to even poisoning which can lead to death and has legal ramifications.

Mediations, foods and illness can all alter the colour of urine. Normal, healthy urine is coloured pale yellow to gold and this colour comes from a natural body pigment, Urochrome.

-         Clear, uncoloured urine can result from drinking too much water
-         Dark, honey coloured urine can be a sign of dehydration. It can also be a sign of liver problems
-        Pink urine could indicate blood in the urine due to a urine infection or kidney disease
-         Pink or red urine can be caused from foods like carrots, beets, black berries and is a side effect of taking some medications
-         Orange urine can be due to taking too much vitamin B2 or taking certain antibiotics
-         Blue or green urine can be due to food dyes
-         Foamy urine can occur due to kidney disease

Smelly urine can be due to ingestion of some foods such as asparagus or vitamin B6 supplements and when very concentrated, urine can smell of ammonia.

Smelly urine can also be caused by a urinary tract infection or diabetes. Foul smelling urine is associated with a bladder or urine tract infection while sweet smelling urine may occur due to diabetes.

When odour is accompanied by frequency of urination, urgency to urinate and passing only small amounts of urine an infection is likely.

Clearly Rasheed needs to see his doctor for further evaluation and treatment!
 

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