6 March 2017 thumb Cloudy Urine and Urine Color


Cloudy urine and urine color and clarity help show us our physiological state. Clear urine is a good sign, however, clear urine color such as pink, red, tea colored, green, brown, black, orange, and blue need further investigation. Some natural foods such as berries, rhubarb, and beets, cause urine to turn colors other then yellow. Food dyes and medications also change the color of urine. Stop eating or drinking these foods and the urine should go back to a yellow color, unless there is a problem that the doctor should be made aware of. If you are taking medication and your urine changes color simply read the instructions that came with the medication and/or go online to the company’s website to read about possible side effects. Asking your doctor about side effects of your prescribed medication and keeping your physician notified of urine color changes is the appropriate thing to do.

Cloudy and color changes in your urine may indicate disease and internal trauma. The color of the urine can help you and your doctor narrow down the source of the change. Often urologists may prescribe Pyridium to relieve the discomfort of urinary tract infections, which will make the urine, turn orange. Warfarin an anticoagulant (blood thinning) medication may also give urine an orange or red appearance. One symptom of liver disease is orange urine which is made when a large amount of bilirubin is filtered out of the kidneys.

Urine color such as green or blue may come from food such as chlorophyllin, in the breath mint Clorets and from magnesium salicylate, for pain relief in Doan’s Pills and thymol in the mouthwash Listerine and their generics.  Methyline blue is used in some medications and is also used by the urologist to test for “leaks in the urinary system”; in both cases the urine may look blue. Medical problems may also contribute to green urine such as pseudomonas infections which may occur from urinary tract infections.

Fecaluria occurs when a passage opens from the bowels into the bladder which is called an enterovesical fistula that may manifest from diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, or cancer. Fecaluria has been described as passing stool or vegetable matter out with the urine. Sometimes gas or bubbles will pass out while urinating; this is known as pneumaturia which can manifest from gas producing microbes in the bladder or from a fistula.

Cloudy urine and urine color may present itself as black in a rare genetic disorder called Alkaptonuria or black and dark brown from foods such as rhubarb, aloe and fava beans. Medications such as antibiotics, malaria medication, meds for diarrhea, muscle relaxants, and sorbitol, a bulk sweetener.