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Doctor insights on: Urine Hydration Color Chart

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If my urine is clear does it mean I'm properly hydrated?

If my urine is clear does it mean I'm properly hydrated?

Color important: Clarity of urine usually means lack of sediment often related to urinary infection. Color of urine light (hydrated) versus dark (dehydrated) more indicative of hydration.Normal urine is a transparent solution ranging from almost colorless to amber but is usually a pale yellow. Colorless urine indicates over-hydration, . ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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Is urine color indicative of hydration?

Is urine color indicative of hydration?

Yes: The lighter the color, the more hydrated your body is and vice versa. Drink 6-8 cups of water is our daily recommendation. Of course, not counting if you sweat under the sun or from exercise. ...Read more

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I have had pretty consistent foamy urine, however it is almost completely eliminated with good hydration, is this still a concern?

I have had pretty consistent foamy urine, however it is almost completely eliminated with good hydration, is this still a concern?

Probably not.: Historically conventional wisdom has taught us that foamy urine indicates the presence of abnormally high levels of protein in the urine. Turns out this isn't usually the case. It may be related to benign substances in our diet the the kidneys are eliminating. You can see your doctor who can quickly check to see if there is protein in your urine that needs to be worked up. Otherwise don't worry. ...Read more

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Can I know based on my urine color how hydrated I am?

Can I know based on my urine color how hydrated I am?

Yes and no.: In general, if you are well hydrated, your urine will become more dilute as your body eliminates surplus water. Urine can appear clear and colorless. If you ingest foods or vitamins that color the urine, urine appearance is no longer a good gauge of hydration status. The importance of 'staying hydrated' is likely somewhat overstated, so be careful when consuming large volumes of free water. ...Read more

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Is urine color a good indicator of how hydrated your body is?

Is urine color a good indicator of how hydrated your body is?

Limited value: Urine color change can be of some value but limited because urine color can also be affected by food coloring, medications, certain metabolic diseases. The frequency of urination or actual amount of voided urine will be of more value in determining the hydration status. ...Read more

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Whether urine is dark yellow or pale depends on hydration: is this true?

Whether urine is dark yellow or pale depends on hydration: is this true?

Yes and no.: In general, if you are well hydrated, your urine will become more dilute as your body eliminates surplus water. Urine can appear clear and colorless. If you ingest foods or vitamins that color the urine, urine appearance is no longer a good gauge of hydration status. The importance of 'staying hydrated' is likely somewhat overstated, so be careful when consuming large volumes of free water. ...Read more

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My urine is dark orange, and I have minor pain on the left side of my lower body, what could be the cause? I'm very well hydrated.

My urine is dark orange, and I have minor pain on the left side of my lower body, what could be the cause? I'm very well hydrated.

Maybe blood: Maybe you cold have bold in your urine and if there is blood pain and blood could be coming from a kidney stone. ...Read more

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How long is cotine in urine? I have used nicotine lozenges for the last 60 days and have a urine analysis for employment. Been well hydrated & active

How long is cotine in urine? I have used nicotine lozenges for the last 60 days and have a urine analysis for employment. Been well hydrated & active

Tell the truth?: I'm not a lawyer, but I suspect that it would be illegal discrimination to refuse employment on the basis of person who is in the midst of a successful smoking cessation program. Cotinine stays in the urine for at least several days; when it will clear is unpredictable. I'm simply glad you've made it this far & if this keeps you from this job, there will be a better one. ...Read more

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I have a hx of kidney reflux and now I'm experiencing pain, dark urine (even when hydrated), and white tissue-like things are floating in it as well.

I have a hx of kidney reflux and now I'm experiencing pain, dark urine (even when hydrated), and white tissue-like things are floating in it as well.

Here are some. ..: The provided info is not enough for answering to the point. To demystify the conundrum, collect & bring the info on the onset, degree, duration, evolution, & progress of all symptoms and signs you've known as well as other potentially related discomforts to doc for analysis + physical exam + tests as needed so to deduce possible Dx for reasonable Rx/ care/ counseling for now and future. Best wish ...Read more

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Took 50mg of vyvance (dextroamphetmaine) on Saturday was tested 45 hours later. W/ exercise and hydration will metabolite be in urine above 500 ng/mL?

Took 50mg of vyvance (dextroamphetmaine) on Saturday was tested 45 hours later. W/ exercise and hydration will metabolite be in urine above 500 ng/mL?

Unlikely: But since vxyvance is a PRESCRIPTION medication a COPY of the bottle label should have been taken before the TESTING. ......thus "explaining" a possible positive test!!

hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Urine burns a little bit when dehydrated. When I'm hydrated, urine doesn't burn. Is dehydration the problem?

Urine burns a little bit when dehydrated. When I'm hydrated, urine doesn't burn. Is dehydration the problem?

Could be: Passing concentrated urine can cause some discomfort. The observation that your symptoms only occur when you have not stayed well hydrated is a good sign that this is likely not a medical issue. ...Read more

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I went to a clinic for blood test and when I got the result...in remarks they put "repeat anti biotics" and for urine they put hydration...for what?

Urinalysis: When a lab test is done on your urine you look for signs of infection: WBC, Bacteria, Nitrites, leukocytes. You also do a specific gravity and this tells how concentrated the urine is. I would thing your urine looked like it was still infected and your specific gravity was high indicating you are dehydrated to a degree. ...Read more

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I've read urine color can show how hydrated you are & clear or pale yellow is best. Does that mean color in toilet (w/toilet H2O) or urine by itself?

I've read urine color can show how hydrated you are & clear or pale yellow is best. Does that mean color in toilet (w/toilet H2O) or urine by itself?

Urine = hydration: The less water is in your body, the less your kidneys are willing to allow to go to waste. If urine is darker, it usually means the body is need of more water. Drinking enough to keep the toilet water very pale after urinating is good advice for most people. Those with heart or kidney failure may need more individual instructions from their doctors. ...Read more

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Pale/clear urine, no increase in fluids. Did start protonix, (pantoprazole) I don't drink much generally, it's not because I'm over hydrated, ideas? Tell my dr?

Normal LIfe: I have no idea what prompts this question about normal urine. Urine color is as much about hydration as it is about the kind of food and other supplements/vitamins you are ingesting. There is no disease or condition here to be of concern. ...Read more

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I started taking UTI antibiotic Macrobid a couple of days ago. My urine has been darker since a day ago. Why? That is odd given that I've been hydrated.

I started taking UTI antibiotic Macrobid a couple of days ago. My urine has been darker since a day ago. Why? That is odd given that I've been hydrated.

Harmless side-effect: Macrobid can alter color of your urine, sometimes an intense greenish yellow, sometimes just darker and occasionally almost brown. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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What can mimic the signs of a UTI besides dehydration? No burning or stinging, just dark urine sometimes & weird odor always (i'm extremely hydrated)

Typical signs of UTI: Are burning, pain with urination, hesitancy. Urine can be cloudy or blood-tinged but not dark. Unless dark urine is new or all the time it is not typically concerning. ...Read more

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Citrus-y smelling urine/rapid weight loss. I try to stay very hydrated and have been under a lot of stress. Urine and blood tests were negative. Help?

Citrus-y smelling urine/rapid weight loss. I try to stay very hydrated and have been under a lot of stress. Urine and blood tests were negative. Help?

Endocrinologist: Uncontrolled diabetes and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) are two common causes of rapid weight loss. I assume your tests have ruled out both. Could it be that your food intake has decreased because of so much stress? I recommend that you consult an endocrinologist and, perhaps, a psychiatrist who specializes in stress management therapy. ...Read more

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Urine color shows how hydrated you are & clear or pale yellow is best. Does that mean color in toilet mixed with H2O or do I need to pee in A cup?

Urine color shows how hydrated you are & clear or pale yellow is best. Does that mean color in toilet mixed with H2O or do I need to pee in A cup?

Either: Peeing in a clear glass cup will give you the most accurate view, but you can also tell the color when the urine is diluted in the toilet bowl (it's simply a more dilute version of the color). ...Read more

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Experiencing dark yellow urine with some burning after voiding for about 8 weeks, especially after eating. I believe I am properly hydrated. Thoughts?

Experiencing dark yellow urine with some burning after voiding for about 8 weeks, especially after eating. I believe I am properly hydrated. Thoughts?

See your doctor.: A change in urine color could be related to any number of situations, normal or not. Some medications and foods such as beets can alter the color of urine, but so can certain medical issues. Pain on voiding can be normal such as can occur after ejaculation, but a urinary tract infection can also cause pain. Your doctor can check urine tests to see if you need specific treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it normal your urine to come out dark orange even though your hydrated during a stomach bug?

Is it normal your urine to come out dark orange even though your hydrated during a stomach bug?

Hydrated enough?: It would make sense in this context if you are not hydrated enough. With a stomach bug, we can lose a tremendous amount of fluid from our body via vomiting and diarrhea. Perhaps you are not hydrated enough. ...Read more

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91 year old male with pain on left side about hip level but towards the back. No blood in urine. Could this be a kidney stone on Coumadin and flomax (tamsulosin). He has a huge protate and does not hydrate enough.

91 year old male with pain on left side about hip level but towards the back. No blood in urine. Could this be a kidney stone on Coumadin and flomax (tamsulosin). He has a huge protate and does not hydrate enough.

Here are some. ..: Clinically, I agree with my colleague stating musculoskeletal origin as a culprit for pain as described. For a 91-year-old man, bring the detailed info on his voiding history and pain near left hip & lower back stressing their quality, quantity, and sequence of events over time to Doc for analysis, physical exam, & tests such as residual urine, urinalysis, renal function, etc. So to define cause ...Read more

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I was hit in the stomach hard playing sports yesterday and have had brown urine since. Should I keep hydrating and see if it goes away in its own?

I was hit in the stomach hard playing sports yesterday and have had brown urine since. Should I keep hydrating and see if it goes away in its own?

See doc ASAP: Should see your doc asap to have your kidneys and other innards evaluated with a ct scan. You are clearly bleeding internally. Question is where and how severe. Any injury significant enough to do this could have disrupted any of a number of things which could get you into real trouble.

Ps I love belfast. ...Read more

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No period for more then a month, spotting 3 weeks ago, test negative but feel pregnant. Have a urine odor (hydration) can that cause test to be neg.?

No period for more then a month, spotting 3 weeks ago, test negative but feel pregnant. Have a urine odor (hydration) can that cause test to be neg.?

Not likely: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and hormonal imbalance and anovulatory cycles are common causes. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. Consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www. Nichd. Nih. Gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes. Aspx ...Read more

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Why do my urine taste sweet?

Why do my urine taste sweet?

Diabetes?: You may have diabetes. Please go get tested.

The latin for diabetes mellitus means

siphon (diabetes, because you pee so much)
sweet like honey (mellitus: because of all the sugar in your urine). ...Read more

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Why does my urine look rusty?

Why does my urine look rusty?

Possibly hematuria: Altered blood, or blood from kidney will acquire a rusty color by time it reaches the bladder ; thus make urine look rusty. You need to get a urinalysis to rule out blood in your urine because of risk of kidney tumor. Kidney cancers found early are nearly all curable so please get your urine tested asap. ...Read more

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Does urine have a strong odor?

Does urine have a strong odor?

Many Reasons: Urine is a filtered byproduct from our blood and stored in the bladder until release. Urine's odor can change with certain foods like asparagus or coffee but also with infections. If you are experiencing other symptoms like abdominal pain, pain with urination, urinating more frequently, or significant change in urine odor and color, then I would recommend evaluation by healthcare provider. ...Read more

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What could cause dark thick urine?

Several...: Dehydration, infection, nephritis, . .....urine exam yields the clue ...Read more

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Does cerasse work to clean urine?

Does cerasse work to clean urine?

No: Urine is not unclean in a normal person, unless she has a bladder or kidney infection. Thus, one shouldn't fall for any salesman pitching urine-cleaning products. Eating a healthy, balanced diet, and drinking adequate fluids each day (plus going to pee when needed, and not holding urine in for too long) are all good ideas. ...Read more

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When before weed is out of my urine?

When before weed is out of my urine?

That depends: Single use of marijuana should be out of your urine in 1 to 7 days. Regular use of marijuana – should be out of urine in 7 to 100 days. ...Read more

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How long does the stay in the urine?

Depends on the type: Of test for THC or its metabolites, body fat %age (it's stored in fat), duration & frequency of use, size & meatabolism of user & cut-off point for + result. Infrequent use, up to 5-7 days, heavy use up to 15-21 days, chronic or obese users, 30 days or more, depending on cut-off of 50 nanograms/mL or 20 ng/mL. Metabolites have a much longer detection time. ...Read more

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What does urine PC ratio 3.5:1 mean?

What does urine PC ratio 3.5:1 mean?

Test for proteinuria: Protein to creatinine ratio of 3.5:1 suggests significant proteinuria & certainly needs to be evaluated as can be associated with auto-immune nephritis, kidney damage, hypertension or diabetes. Best evaluated by a nephrologist. ...Read more

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Hydration (Definition)

Hydration simply means increasing fluid intake whether its by you drinking more fluid ...Read more