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Why is my urine a brownish/redish color?

Asked by JesusWasAJewbot (1505points) February 21st, 2010

Ive been working a lot recently, drinking a lot of coffee not a lot of water. Like 2 days ago i noticed my urine was a really dark color, looked almost like Iced Tea. Last night i went out for a night of drinking with friends and noticed after i broke the seal it started clearing up, i just woke up and urinated and its back to this dark brownish color. What do i do?

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Fyrius's avatar

Make sure you drink enough water.
A healthy person’s urine is relatively clear. If you’re dehydrated, it becomes a darker hue, because the waste has less water to mix with to dilute the colour.

CaptainHarley's avatar

From the sound of it, you may have blood in your urine. You may have a kidney stone or some other kidney problem. Please see your physician as soon as possible.

JesusWasAJewbot's avatar

My moms about freaking out right now, im 22yrs old this has never happened to me.

CaptainHarley's avatar

I started passing kidney stones when I was about 14 years old, and have had an average of one per year ever since.

MissAusten's avatar

It’s nothing to panic about or rush to the ER, but you should call your doctor and get an appointment ASAP. They’ll run tests for a kidney infection and scan for kidney stones. I had the same thing, and it turned out to be stones. Most likely, that’s what it is if you don’t have any other symptoms. Just on the off-chance it’s something else, you do need to go to the doctor.

Cruiser's avatar

Yep, you do need to get that checked out asap. Good luck!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I would see a doctor.

dpworkin's avatar

Vitamin B complex can darken urine color, as can other chemical and food-associated substances. Hematuria is easy to test for, and sufficient blood to color your urine without looking like frank, red blood would be unusual. Urinary tract infections can result in a deep orange color, but are usually accompanied by a strong odor. It’s not time to panic. It is time to investigate.

shilolo's avatar

As others have mentioned, you likely have hematuria. Most causes are benign, but best to be evaluated by a physician.

Fuchsia's avatar

You should probably schedule a visit to the doctor. You most likely have a urinary tract infection. Drink more water and way less coffee, tea, soda, and alcohol. It’s also a great idea to drink cranberry juice (not the juice cocktail, but the actual 100% juice).

dpworkin's avatar

@Fuchsia I would have said UTI, too, but @shilolo is a real Doctor. He doesn’t just play one on Fluther.

Fuchsia's avatar

@dpworkin oh, i didn’t read anyone else’s responses.

JesusWasAJewbot's avatar

Im trying to figure otu why this is happening, going to go to the doctor this week.

Fyrius's avatar

Is that so? Nice to have an actual professional among us.
I tip my hat to you, @shilolo.

fedupwitmybro12's avatar

Take everyones advice and see a doctor. If your doc says nothings wrong, than drink more water instead of other drinks.

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