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Urine Color

Urine Color Causes

Medications, food dyes and certain food are the usual causes of discolored urine. Discolored urine may show up in kids when for instance, the dyes used in some sugary cereals and in some cases, certain health problems may cause changes in urine color.

Urine Color Definition

The normal color of the urine typically ranges from yellow to deep amber, which is the result of a certain pigment called urochrome. However, urine color is not always not and can be a potential signs of other underlying health conditions. There are certain food that can affect the color of the urine but unusual color should prompt the person to seek medical attention.

Urine Color Diagnosis

Certain diagnostic tests will be recommended by your doctor, in addition to taking a thorough medical history and performing a physical exam. The tests include a thorough urinalysis, which is the most important first step. To look for high levels of protein and the presence of red blood cells which may indicate a kidney problem and excreted minerals that can cause kidney stones are the main purposes of urine tests. Blood tests can also be done to be able to measure levels of blood urea nitrogen and creatinine. Blood urea nitrogen and creatinine are waste products that build up in your bloodstream when your kidneys are damaged and not filtering properly.

Urine Color Symptoms and Signs

The normal color of the urine can greatly vary depending of the water intake of the person. This is because fluid dilutes the pigments that are present in the urine, so when you drink more water, the urine becomes clearer.

Urine Color Treatment

Your doctor will concentrate on treating discolored urine since it has no specific treatment.

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