What is green urine?

Green urine is urine that is green in color, though it also may be greenish-brown or greenish-yellow, and it may be cloudy or clear. A change in urine color may be temporary, or it may be persistent. The duration and course of green urine can vary widely, depending on the cause.

Urinary Tract Problems

There are several possible causes of green urine. Urinary tract infection is the most common, and the urine may appear darkened or cloudy. It may not appear green or may take on a greenish tinge. True green urine is rare and most commonly results from dyes or food colorings or from certain medications. Conditions that result in bleeding into the urinary tract would be unlikely to cause green urine.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for serious symptoms, such as high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice), or severe abdominal pain. Seek prompt medical care if you experience abdominal swelling and nausea with or without vomiting or if you are being treated for green urine but mild symptoms recur or are persistent.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with green urine?

Green urine may accompany other symptoms, which will vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the urinary tract may also involve other body systems.... Read more about green urinesymptoms

CAUSES

What causes green urine?

Causes of true green urine are uncommon. Food dyes and additives are the most common cause. With certain infections, the urine may acquire a cloudy, greenish tint, or pus that has a greenish color may be present in the urine.... Read more about green urinecauses

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