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  • Writer's pictureDr. Monique J. Caruth, PT, DPT

What Does The Color Of Your Urine Say About Your Health?

One of the most nagging issues that could cause a setback in rehabilitation progress with clients we see in the home, is having a Urinary Tract Infection also known as a UTI.

A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection in any part of your urinary system, which includes your kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra.

Symptoms of UTIs can include:

😩A burning feeling when you pee

🤔A frequent or intense urge to pee, even though little comes out when you do

😳Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling pee

😪Feeling tired or shaky

🤒Fever or chills (a sign that the infection may have reached your kidneys)

😰Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen

In a lot of older individuals, confusion or altered mental status can also occur with a urinary tract infection.

The color of your urine can sometimes provide clues of the possibility of a urinary tract infection (UTI). While not a definitive diagnostic tool, here's what different urine colors might indicate:

1. Clear or Pale Yellow: This is typically a sign of well-hydrated and healthy urine. However, very pale urine could also indicate overhydration.

2. Dark Yellow or Amber: Dehydration can cause your urine to become darker in color. It's essential to drink more fluids if your urine is consistently dark.

3. Cloudy or Murky: Cloudy urine might suggest a UTI, as it can result from the presence of white blood cells, bacteria, or pus in the urinary tract.

4. Pink or Red: This can be due to blood in the urine, which might be a sign of a UTI or another underlying issue.

5. Orange or Brown: Certain foods, medications, or supplements can lead to these colors in urine. However, if it persists, it could indicate a problem with the liver or bile ducts.

6. Green or Blue: This is usually the result of consuming certain foods or medications, and it's generally harmless. However, if it persists and you haven't consumed anything unusual, consult a healthcare professional.

If you suspect a UTI, it's essential to consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. They may perform a urine culture or other tests to confirm the infection.

Especially in older individuals it is best to get it tested and treated as quickly as possible so it doesn’t lead to further complications and sepsis.

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