Sometimes, our bodies work in mysterious ways when your health is not in order. The body sends you signals to alert you of any issues in your health.
One way is through your pee. That moment when you use the restroom and ignore your pee, you could be missing essential warnings.
Some changes in your pee should worry you and prompt you to take action. Variation in color, smell, the frequency could be nothing harmless to life-threatening conditions. So, here’s what your pee is trying to tell you about your health.
1. Change in Color
Observing your urine’s color is the easiest way to tell what is going on with your body. Usually, urine is mild yellow. The color change can be because of the food you eat, and it could be due to a health problem. To help you determine your condition, let’s look at different urine colors and what they mean.
● Clear urine means you are hydrated and possibly overhydrated.
● Pale yellow urine shows you are correctly hydrated.
● Dark yellow urine indicates that your body needs more fluids.
● Amber-colored urine is a sign of dehydration.
● Orange urine can be due to some of the food you eat or if you are under medication. Also, you could potentially be having liver problems.
● Blue or green urine can be due to food dyes, medications, bacteria, or a rare condition named blue diaper syndrome.
● Pink or red urine can be due to colored foods such as beets and blackberries, medications, or blood in the urine.
● Bark-brown urine can indicate liver or kidney problems.
● White urine can indicate excess calcium or phosphate in your body or a urinary tract infection.
2. Different Smells
The smell in your urine is another way to tell if you have any health issues. In most cases, urine has a slight odor. Hence, it would help if you were not to dismiss any other smell easily. Below are different urine scents you should know:
● Ammonia-like odor indicates that you are dehydrated.
● Sweet-smelling urine can be due to a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
● Fruity-smelling urine can be an indicator you have type 2 diabetes.
● Foul-smelling urine can be caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
● Asparagus pee can happen when you eat asparagus.
3. Blood in Your Urine
Blood in the urine (hematuria) should be alarming whether you experience any pain or not. It could be severe medical disorders that are undiagnosed or untreated. They include kidney or bladder stones, enlarged prostate, UTI, kidney or bladder cancer, or sickle cell anemia.
You can detect blood when it appears as a clot in urine or when the urine is red, pink, or brown.
However, in some cases, the blood is invisible to the naked human eye, leading to microscopic hematuria. Thus, it would be best to visit your doctor to determine why you are bleeding, and even if you are not, to test for microscopic hematuria.
4. Frequent Urination
Having to pee frequently can interfere with your daily schedules, such as work, sleep, and hobbies. Frequent urination is when you have to pee every two hours or more. Although most of the time it’s not a medical condition, it sure says something about your health. One factor contributing to your frequent urination is your age. As you grow old, your bladder loses some of its holding capacity. Hence, you urinate more frequently.
Moreover, it could be because of your increased fluids intake, such as drinking too much caffeine or alcohol. Also, some medications, such as Demadex and Microxide, can contribute to your frequent urine output. Notably, pregnant women experience frequent urination during the first and third trimesters.
Other reasons could be diabetes, urethra, or vaginal infection. Antibiotics prescribed by a doctor can treat an overactive bladder. Also, avoid taking fluids before you go to bed.
5. Cloudy Urine
Cloudy urine appears milky and foamy instead of clear and yellow. It’s an indication that something is up with your health. Some of the medical conditions causing cloudy urine include UTI, where blood, pus, or excess white blood cells make your urine milky. STIs also can cause cloudy urine when they produce extra white blood cells.
Additionally, dehydration is another cause. Kidney stones, diabetes, vaginitis, and prostate issues could be causing your urine to be cloudy.
6. Painful or A Burning Sensation during Urination
There is no way you can ignore a painful or burning sensation when you urinate. In most cases, it’s the first sign of a medical disorder. Urinary Tract Infection is the most common condition that causes painful urination.
However, it’s not the only one. Others include vagina inflammation, STIs, and prostate disease or cancer. Notably, painful urination in children can be due to urethra irritation from bubble baths, soaps, lotions, and other chemicals. Apart from visiting the doctor, drink plenty of water, practice safe sex, and avoid chemicals that irritate.
7. Pee Feeling That Never Ends
Having a feeling to pee all the time is not something enjoyable. It makes you uncomfortable and irritated since when you visit the restroom, nothing comes out. It is a symptom of UTI when the lining of the bladder and urethra gets inflamed and irritated. Hence, leaving you with the endless need to urinate.
Visit your doctor and have a checkup to confirm you indeed have UTI. Increase your fluid intake, especially unsweetened juices and water. It’s advisable that during the healing process, you stay away from alcohol and coffee. Empty your full bladder as often as possible to get rid of the bacteria.
Which of the above pee conditions have you ever dismissed, thinking it’s just normal? Now you know better. Pay attention to the color, smell, and how you feel when you pee, and seek immediate medical attention if you notice anything abnormal.
However, it would help if you regularly go for checkups. Taking a urinalysis will tell more about your health apart from the visible signs and symptoms. You will keep your health in check, and your doctor can detect any upcoming conditions and treat them early enough.