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Neon Yellow Pee- What causes it?

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Urine should be yellow.  Each person has a different “normal” in the color range from very pale to darker shades of yellow.  You should recognize when your urine color is average for you.  When you drink the proper amount of water a day, urine is probably pretty light yellow.  The more dehydrated you are, the darker it will look.  If your urine is cloudy, a color other than yellow, or brown, consult your medical professional.


How does diet affect urine color?

Diet can also be a factor in the color of your urine.  Beets and berries can cause your urine to be pink or reddish.  Some processed foods also contain dyes that will affect the color.  The beta carotene that we are encouraged to consume in carrots and sweet potatoes converts to Vitamin A that can make your urine darker or even orange.


If you have recently switched or added certain vitamins to your regimen, you should realize that the B vitamins like B-2 and B-12 can cause urine to fluoresce into almost a yellow-green color.  This includes those shakes that have a lot of riboflavin and cobalamin.  Vitamin C may show up darker or even orange.  Vitamin C is also high in foods like tomatoes, strawberries and broccoli.


Color of Urine if Dehydrated

As mentioned, keeping hydrated is a good thing, especially if you exercise vigorously.  If you have worked out or have been dealing with summer heat, you probably should increase your water intake.  If your urine is darker than usual after exertion, have a glass of water.  If you are consistently dehydrated, you will notice your urine is brownish like a cola or tea.  Especially if you are also experiencing muscle pain, seek medical attention quickly.  This is serious.

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Medications that Change Urine Color 

Medications can also affect the appearance of urine.  This includes over-the-counter as well as prescription versions.  Examples include phenazopyridine (Pyridium) and rifampin are known to produce an orange hue.  Laxatives and some chemotherapy treatments also change the color of urine.


If you have ruled out dehydration, food sources, and medicines, but you still notice discoloration, cloudiness, or an unusual odor, you may have developed an infection or issues with your kidneys or bladder.  This can be a sign of a serious illness or condition.  Consult a physician as soon as possible to rule out anything critical.  Especially if the discoloration is accompanied by any other symptoms like fever, pain, or vomiting.


Age and gender play important roles in the chances of developing some condition or illness.  Most women will, at some point, develop a uterine tract infection (UTI) and men can have problems with their prostate gland, either of which can cause bleeding expelled through the urinary tract.  For children, urinary tract bleeding is very serious and should be addressed quickly by medical personnel.


When you visit the doctor and he or she orders a urinalysis, you should be prepared to answer a number of questions especially when the discoloration began, sleep patterns, smoking, unexplained weight loss, rashes, and any changes in your regular routine.  Through a physical examination and the results of your blood work, the physician should be able to direct you to a cause and treatment options.


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