What your urine colour may mean

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Your urine needs to be the right colour.
Your urine needs to be the right colour.

Most of the time, your urine should be a pale yellow colour, says Harvard Medical School.

Though food or medication can change urine's colour, 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 colour:

  • 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 colour may indicate a urinary tract infection.
  • Blue and green colours typically result from diagnostic test dyes.
  • Purple urine may occur when someone has a urinary catheter.

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