When it arrives, your sample will be analysed by its appearance (colour, cloudiness, smell), another dipstick check carried out and finally, macroscopic analysis.

Normal urine is usually a light yellow in colour and clear without any cloudiness. Any change in this can show:

  • a possible infection (cloudy urine)
  • dehydration (dark urine colour)
  • red blood in the urine, also referred to as hemaeturia (for women this can be due to menstrual blood)
  • liver disease (urine can look the colour of tea)
  • breakdown of muscle (orange or tea coloured urine)
  • Certain medications, foods and vitamins (Vitamin D) can also change the colour. Very foamy urine may represent large amounts of protein in the urine (proteinuria)

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