Urinalysis Color Reference

By dietcherry Latest Reply 2012-04-20 08:28:01 -0500
Started 2011-12-20 21:23:37 -0600

The hue of your pee provides a spectrum of information. Many color changes are harmless, but see your Doctor if the persist.

CLEAR—You may be overhydrating. Theres too much water in your urine. Can indicate high blood sugar levels in diabetics.

PALE YELLOW, LIKE LEMONADE—This is the color youre going for. Congratulations!

DARK YELLOW—You may be dehydrated.

BRIGHT YELLOW—Taking megadose vitamin supplements? Excess B can turn your urine neon yellow.

CHARTREUSE TO GREEN—Asparagus can turn urine a tinge of green.

PINK TO RED—Beets, blueberries, rhubarb and certain laxatives can redden your pee. Red may also mean traces of blood or a symptom of chronic lead or mercury poisoning.

ORANGE TO ORANGEY BROWN—Could be jaundice, large amounts of carotene or vitamin C in your diet, the antibiotic Rifampin or the blood thinner Warfarin.

BLUE—Meds such as Cimetidine, Indomethacin and Amitriptyline, certain multivitamins or the rare Familial Hypercalcemia can turn urine blue.

DARK BROWN—What makes your urine turn brown? Kidney and liver disorders, antimalarial drugs, the antibiotic Metronidazole, Nitrofurantoin (which treats UTI's), Methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant, some laxatives, and even fava beans.

DARK TO BLACK—Can be a sign of melanoma, copper poisoning or excessive L-dopa, a Parkinsons drug.

CLOUDY WHITE—Often caused by too much phosphate, triggered by a big meal or even drinking a lot of milk. Could also indicate a urinary tract infection or kidney stones.

62 replies

Young1s 2012-02-07 14:06:18 -0600 Report

Noticed the bright yellow for the past couple of days, so I checked the list here. Excess B vitamins. Bingo! The fact is, I've been experimenting with taking an extra thiamin pill for about the past 2 weeks as I read B1 is helps to metabolize carbohydrates. This really is a nice reference piece to have.

draco59 2012-02-04 20:37:22 -0600 Report

That’s a good list, being an MLT (lab tech) for over 25 yrs. And I’ve seen a lot of pee.  Any change in the color or smell is cause for concern. Among the things listed above, pink to red could mean blood, kidney stones or injury to the kidneys. Also it will changes colors from dyes or contrast media, from MRI’s, or eye exams, may other medical procedures. When you have them, they should tell you, if will cause color changes in your urine, if not ask. A very sweet smell mean your sugar is not in control, it might also notice this before you feel a change or see it in your blood sugar.

dietcherry 2012-02-04 21:21:44 -0600 Report

Could you elaborate on smell/color changes being cause for concern for everyone who may read this pleaase?

draco59 2012-02-04 21:40:53 -0600 Report

Sorry dietcherry, The urine of a healthy person is light and almost odorless, while the presence of strong odor in urine can indicate some underlying diseases.
Though strong urine odor can be a symptom of several diseases or disorders, sometimes, it can also be caused by simple reasons like dehydration. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of urine odor. Lack of sufficient water in the body causes the urine to become concentrated with waste products and produce a peculiar ammonia odor. The condition usually resolves with sufficient intake of fluid and water. But, if these measures fail to remove the urine odor, then it can be an indicator of some other conditions, here are just some of them
Among the various health conditions associated with urine odor, the most common is urinary tract infection or UTI. UTI has been observed to be more common in women than men, and the urine discharged in this situation found to have an ammonia odor. Urine color can also undergo changes, if UTI is the cause of urine odor.
Apart from being more vulnerable to develop infection in the urinary tract, women are also susceptible to vaginal infection. A fishy odor of the urine can be an indicator of bacterial vaginosis, which will also be accompanied by other symptoms like, itching and a burning sensation in the vagina. Yeast infection of the vagina can also produce a urine odor, besides causing vaginal discharge and itching.
If smell of the urine is sweet or fruity, then it can be caused by diabetic ketonoacidosis. The presence of high level of ketones or sugar can give the urine a sweet or fruity smell. Such a smell can also be associated with some rare diseases related to metabolism.
Apart from diseases and disorders, medications, nutritional supplements and consumption of certain foods can be some of the most common urine odor causes. Several vitamin supplements and foods like, asparagus are known to produce foul-smelling urine.
In addition to these strong urine odor causes, sometimes, liver and metabolic disorders can also cause smelly urine. A rare, but life-threatening disease, known as maple syrup urine disease can cause a burned caramel like smell of urine.
One a side note, before chemical test and dip sticks, pre world war 2, they actually tasted it to see if it was sweet, to see if you were a diabetic. :)

dietcherry 2012-02-04 21:47:20 -0600 Report

This is AWESOME Brian, and I mean that! I wont hesitate in saying that all of us will take away something from your post! Thank you for taking your time to share :)

draco59 2012-02-04 22:05:43 -0600 Report

Thank you very much; just glad I can help… All kidding aside, urine was one of the first body fluids to be use in to diagnose disease. Because it was easy to get and so much can be told from it, just by looking at it and smelling it. Also if you can't go, told them a lot too.
Thanks again…

GabbyPA 2012-02-05 13:42:57 -0600 Report

That is how the Greeks would diagnose diabetes. They looked to see if ants were drawn to the urine. Amazing.

draco59 2012-02-05 15:08:28 -0600 Report

Your right Gabby, its one amazing fluid, so much information of our body’s health and function can be determined from it.

draco59 2012-02-06 16:19:57 -0600 Report

Most people do… lol
I haven’t drawn blood in over 10 yrs. and people here we see me somewhere and they ask when will I go back to work at the Hospital so I can draw them, it’s a small hospital and we did it all. It’s one of them things either you are good or you’re not. I also taught phlebotomy for a couple of semesters. It’s something I’ll never forget how to do.

GabbyPA 2012-02-07 09:15:19 -0600 Report

I have run away veins. Runs in the family...pun intended. LOL

I have to drink a big bottle of water before I go for my blood draw or else I will get poked and prodded for a while. The girls hate hurting me, I hate being a pain. Once I tell them to hold it tight and they listen, we usually only have to do one stick. Yeah!!

Rustee 2012-03-21 18:16:24 -0500 Report

Hi! Gabby. This is Rustee, and thank you for your welcoming note. I can really sympathize with your pain. I get poked two or three times before they can draw blood, and I hate it. I don't like being poked with needles. I am Type 2 diabetic and I can say I have my share of needles. Talk to you later.

draco59 2012-02-07 10:54:48 -0600 Report

That's the problem with most Phlebotomists; they don't listen to the patient. They think they know more than the person being stuck. In most cases they do. But people like us who get stuck a lot, our vein do get bad after a while and in your case, ones that have "rolling" veins. I've drawn blood from newborns, elderly, burn victims, inmates, drug addicts and the dead. Over the years I've worked I learned to listen to the patients. There are more place you can get the blood you need, then your realize.

GabbyPA 2012-02-08 09:59:37 -0600 Report

Only twice have I had the sticks and wiggles so much that I felt like passing out. Not fun, but it is what it is. Now I just have to ask...how do you listen to a dead patient? =0)

draco59 2012-02-08 13:17:18 -0600 Report

Cute…. You just remember your anatomy and go for it, besides if your miss or have to dig, they don’t whine! Lol. No, really it’s not as hard as you might think.

draco59 2012-02-08 14:06:48 -0600 Report

I believe ghosts are is spirit energy, the souls needing to finish something they couldn’t because the body they we’re assigned to died before the spirit learned all that it was supposed to during that life time.

dietcherry 2012-02-08 14:53:30 -0600 Report

Yes spirits of the deceased. But I think they like to come and visit us; not just to tie up loose ends. We are in the wrong place to have this discussion Brian lol :)

JSJB 2012-03-21 03:58:10 -0500 Report

No your not in the wrong place. Any diversion from our problems is great therapy for us but lets not forget what DC is for.

GabbyPA 2012-02-09 09:48:42 -0600 Report

Oh, I am quite enjoying it. It is good to know there are others out there like me. I have clearly seen one and think I have seen another. There is a lot of energy out there that is looking for someplace to be.

draco59 2012-02-09 10:01:39 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby, there are more of us than you think. It's just most people don't talk about it, for fear of ridicule and people thinking there crazy. I’d love to hear of your experience. That is if you want to talk about it?

GabbyPA 2012-02-09 10:06:31 -0600 Report

My husband's mom was the clear as day one. She was checking in on what used to be his bedroom and what later was his daughters bedroom. Both my husband and I saw her at the same time. That was my first really for sure experience. The other has been our pointer that we put down over a year ago. My husband and step-daughter saw him on the same day a while back and a few days ago I saw what I thought was our other dog going outside, but she was still sleeping in the dining room. I figured it was him. At least I like to think it was.

dietcherry 2012-02-09 12:52:09 -0600 Report

Was she moving around the room like she would be doing if was still "here" or was she just standing looking at you or him?

GabbyPA 2012-02-10 11:41:43 -0600 Report

She was walking around and looking into the room at the doorway. She didn't go in, just looked in like checking on a sleeping child. She didn't look at us. We saw her looking into the other room right outside our bedroom door.

draco59 2012-02-09 10:16:01 -0600 Report

May be she came to let you know everthing was OK, and just to visit. Has she been gone long? I still sometimes see our dogs that are gone, I thing there always with us. Now, when you saw your dog outside, but she was still in the house, that I don't know about, could be deja vu…

GabbyPA 2012-02-09 10:21:36 -0600 Report

My husband's mom has been gone for a long time. This event was just after we were married, maybe about 6 months. We told her she could go into the light. We don't live in that house anymore, but that was the only time we saw her.
I didn't "see" the dog, it was the corner of the eye thing. I was in the kitchen and saw what I thought was our lab-mix going out, but when I looked to see if it was her, she was still in place. I find comfort in thinking he is still around. I never had that with my great danes, but this old goof ball was special.

draco59 2012-02-09 10:45:56 -0600 Report

Well maybe it was her way of saying it was all right and she was fine. Sometimes it’s hard to know why they come to us. Most people don’t believe there seeing what they’re seeing.
As for seeing the dog out of the corner of your eye, I feel our spirit energy (what you think of as a soul) is all connected, maybe you saw part of her dream.
Special ones are always with us…

2011-12-22 17:43:55 -0600 Report

I've had it where my urine was a cloudy white, on a number of different occasions, (I never knew that I had a UTI. I never get any of the signs for them) However, my urine is always clear. When I do pee tests I've been accused of filling up the container w/just water!) That's how clear my out take is!!

GabbyPA 2011-12-21 18:57:50 -0600 Report

I used to get the B complex pee. WOW, that can send signals to the moon. LOL. I guess I am on target now, but I always thought it was better to be more clear. So I learned something new today. THANKS

Oh...and blue! Really? I would freak over that one.

dietcherry 2011-12-21 19:38:52 -0600 Report

lol I always heard that called C pee—from Vitamin C but whatever—its still disconcerting to turn around and see in the toilet! haha

Caroltoo 2011-12-21 20:10:52 -0600 Report

Both B and C cause it and wow is it ever vibrant. I'm with Renee, and wonder how I could have produced something that brightly colored!

On a more serious note though, is it because of coloring in the vitamin capsule/tablet that we are excreting, or is it because it increases the filtering function of the kidneys? I've never been sure whether to just laugh or to be glad it's being so effective.

draco59 2012-02-04 22:10:14 -0600 Report

It's you body just getting rid of the excess, so you could cut back on the amount you talk alittle. But remember every on is different.

dietcherry 2011-12-21 20:25:02 -0600 Report

haha Right? I just love the Congratulations they offer if your pee is pale yellow; I never knew it was that much of an accomplishment! lol

Anonymous 2011-12-21 14:42:04 -0600 Report

can eat one cup of total bran cereal and makes me a neon ,the cloudy with red streaks -well that hurt like hell. have had heartburn and acid reflex since childhood, I often wonder about the glands and why, hurts to think to much has been my experience

dietcherry 2011-12-21 15:14:33 -0600 Report

Gosh Im sorry! If you dont mind, can I ask what the cause of the cloudy with red streaks was? Does the heartburn and reflux cause problems with your urine? Thank you for sharing with us—this may help more people than youll ever know! Lots of Love

Young1s 2011-12-21 11:01:23 -0600 Report

Interesting. I knew about most of these. My son experienced some blue urine over the summer, but that was due to a dye that was injected into his shoulder. He needed an MRI before his shoulder surgery.

Caroltoo 2011-12-20 21:54:53 -0600 Report

Interesting. I knew the lemonade, dark yellow, greenish, and pink. Others are new information! Thanks.

w8chd 2011-12-20 23:18:00 -0600 Report

Very interesting indeed! I had no idea there could be so many different colors. Red can also mean kidney stones. I know this from personal experience.