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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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I have eaten beetroot for years and it has never happened before, but in recent months, it turns the urine red every time. Is it ok to continue eating it? Is it harmless?

I have eaten beetroot for years and it has never happened before, but in recent months, it turns the urine red every time. Is it ok to continue eating it? Is it harmless?

OK/Harmless however:: This is called beeturia; it affects about 12% of people. The beet pigment is harmless but it is interesting that you have developed it recently; the 2 best-known causes are low stomach acid a & iron deficiency, so you should consider these. Low stomach acid is a common problem most docs know nothing about! see http://www.Helladelicious.Com/our-food/flavor/2012/11/beeturia-low-stomach-acid/. ...Read more

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Can drinking a lot of red kool aid turn your urine red?

Can drinking a lot of red kool aid turn your urine red?

Red urine: I am sorry to say that the Kool Aid you ingested did not make your urine turn red, Ask your parents to take you to an ER or physician to have your urine checked to make sure it does not have blood in it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Urine is red help me out please?

Urine is red help me out please?

Can be blood: Red urine comes from blood usually. Occasionally eating certain foods such as red beets can stain the urine red. You should get to see your doctor for an examination and urinalysis. ...Read more

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What to do if urine is red?

What to do if urine is red?

See below: Can be blood stone or infection most likely see your doc x ray or antibioics also trauma cancer. ...Read more

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Can over drinkg alchol make ur urine red?

Can over drinkg alchol make ur urine red?

Causes of hematuria: Hematuria (h) can be caused by any bleeding in the urinary tract. It could be caused by a tumor of the kidney, kidney stones in the ureters or by a bladder tumor, among other things. Have your urine cultured and if you have hematuria with no uti, see a urologist for evaluation. H is not caused by alcohol intake, unless you developed a uric acid kidney stone, which you do not seem to have. ...Read more

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For some reason my urine is red..?

For some reason my urine is red..?

Yes: Often red urine suggests blood, and needs to be addressed by a dr. Assap. ...Read more

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Urine is red go to the doctors asap?

Urine is red go to the doctors asap?

Red urine: If it is the only symptom and on first day, and absolutely no other abnormal feeling, it can be due to food [beets!] or blood = can be from a stone in the kidney of bladder [no pain if not causing blockage], or kidney malformation, of cancer if kidney-bladder. Infection can cause that but always with pain and frequency of urination. If lasting, need absolutely to see a doc. ...Read more

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Can i masturbate if my urine is red?

Sure: You want to find out why your urine is red. Many folks get this after they eat beets. If it's blood, you probably want to get with your personal physician, though many people have intermittent episodes of blood in the urine without a cause ever being found. ...Read more

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Urine Is Red (Definition)

Red urine is a symptom in which a person's urine has a reddish color. Reddish urine can be from blood cells, some foods or drinks that ...Read more


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