Symptoms such as dark yellow urine the first thing in the morning often causes one to panic into thinking that s/he might be suffering from a urine infection or UTI. Normal urine is colorless and if you have been drinking adequate quantities of water, you should not see dark urine at any point of the day. Needless to say, there are many reasons that could cause urine to turn dark yellow in color. Certain medications such as multivitamin-mineral supplements or even food dyes often get into the urine to cause a darkish color. However, if you also experience several other symptoms such as fever, pain, the frequent urge to go to the bathroom etc along with the dark yellow urine, you should not waste any time in seeing the doctor.
Urine symptom checker: Are you suffering from dark yellow urine?
Here is a list of symptoms that could possibly indicate Urine infection or UTI:
- Dark or cloudy or bloody urine with pus
- Foul smelling and dark yellow urine throughout the day and not just first thing in the morning.
- The urgency to urinate but not producing much urine (producing only a few drops at the time of urination).
- Abdominal pain and backache. Some men and women also experience pain in the rectum and their pubic bone area might feel tight or pressurized.
- Fever and general malaise, weakness and tiredness
- Burning sensation while urinating (dysuria)
Dark urine causes – Not always UTI
Dark yellow colored urine does not always indicate UTI as there are nearly 40 other reasons due to which urine could turn dark yellow in color. These include:
- Jaundice or Hepatitis
- Extreme dehydration. However, if you feel you are drinking tons of water but still suffering from dark yellow urine, it is time to go in for urinanalysis.
- Bladder problems like bladder stones or cancer
- Other cancers like pancreatic cancer, cancer of the kidneys etc.
- Biliary obstruction
- Certain medicines like vitamin supplements or blood thinning medication as well as food dyes.
- Damaged nerves from pregnancy or child birth
- Enlarged prostate
Dark yellow urine during pregnancy
Concentrated dark yellow urine during pregnancy is also usually a sign of dehydration. If there are no other symptoms like foul smell, pain or fever etc, you only need to drink plenty of water.However; do make sure to mention this symptom to your OB-GYN during your next visit.
Dark yellow urine in men
It is not just women; even men experience dark yellow urine from time to time. If there are other symptoms like pain, difficulty in urinating, producing small quantities of urine etc along with this color change, then you should seek medical attention promptly. In elderly patients, it is important to watch out for signs of stones or abdominal pain accompanying the dark urine especially in men aged 60 and above. Elderly patients on catheters are also prone to frequent UTIs and bladder infections and must watch out for these signs.
Home Remedies to treat dark yellow urine and burning sensation
Dark yellow urine along with burning sensation while peeing is a classic symptom of dehydration. Here are some home remedies to treat dark yellow urine.
- You need to drink more water and aim to get in at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. Try to sip water, green tea and other herbal teas or sugar free beverages every 2-3 hours.
- Water with some lemon juice first thing in the morning can create acid in the urine to get rid of bacteria in the bladder.
- Drink plenty of cranberry juice as this is one of the best remedies for treating and preventing all kinds of urine problems especially UTIs.
- Drink plenty of coconut water where available as it contains many natural minerals to increase immunity and prevent urine problems.
When to see a doctor?
If any change in urine color cannot be attributed to medication or dietary factors, it is best to see the doctor immediately. If the urine is also accompanied by presence of blood, do not procrastinate or waste time on home remedies. If you are experiencing dark yellow urine despite drinking adequate quantities of water, it could indicate a serious underlying health issue which must not be ignored.