Urine - abnormal color
Alternate Names : Discoloration of urine
Call your Health Care Provider if
Make an appointment with your health care provider if you have:
- Clear, dark-brown urine, particularly if accompanied by pale stools and yellow skin and eyes
- Pink, red, or smoky-brown urine, and the color change was not expected (due to a food or medication)
- Abnormal urine color that persists without explanation
- Blood in your urine, even on one occasion
What to Expect at your Health Care Provider's Office
The health care provider will perform a physical exam, which may include a rectal or pelvic exam. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms, including:
- Time pattern
- When did this begin?
- Did this begin suddenly?
- What color is the urine?
- Is it consistently the same color throughout the day?
- Do you have increased or decreased urination?
- Can you see blood in the urine?
- Is there an unusual odor?
- Aggravating factors
- What medicines do you take?
- Have you eaten foods such as colored candy, beets, berries, or rhubarb?
- What other symptoms do you have? (For example,pain when urinating, abdominal pain,back pain or fever)
- Are you drinking fewer fluids or have decreased thirst?
- Do you have a decreased appetite?
- Have you had any previous urinary problems or kidney problems?
- Do you have any allergies?
Tests that may be done include:
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Review Date : 9/30/2009
Reviewed By : David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.