Urine discoloration is a common health complication and often indicates the presence of infection within the urinary tract or complications associated with nutritional imbalance. For individuals who have complications associated with a urine discoloration that is purple in nature, the complication may be attributed to a condition known as purple urine syndrome.
Constipation is a health complication that can often be attributed to purple urine syndrome. In women, the complications of constipation, coupled with the development of a urinary tract infection, can lead to a rise in colored enzymes that deposit into the urine as the body’s natural defense to rid the body of toxins. If you have a complication with chronic constipation, and if you notice that your urine has a purple hue to it, then it is important to seek out medical attention to determine if you have purple urine syndrome.
Typically, when suffering from purple urine syndrome, your doctor will prescribe a course of therapy or treatment that will include prescription stool softeners or laxatives to ease the complications with constipation. In addition, the use of medications will be necessary to fight any presence of urinary tract infection or bladder infection. In addition, your doctor may also recommend that you avoid eating foods that are high in the amino acid tryptophan as tryptophan, when processed by the body, breaks down into the discolored enzymes that are indicative of purple urine syndrome.
Suffering from a discoloration in urine does not need to be frightening. However, for many women who suddenly notice a darkening of their urine, the onset of a purple hue often results in emergency room care for fear the worse has happened. Fortunately, this type of health condition can be treated in the doctor’s office with little to no long term health complications. The greatest risk will come by way of complications associated with untreated urinary tract infections and untreated constipation which could impair your bowel and bladder health. It is important, therefore, to follow all doctor’s recommendation with regard to the treatment for purple urine syndrome when the condition is confirmed.
Sources: Patients Encyclopedia of Urinary Tract Infection, Sexual Cystitis and Interstitial Cystitis, by Angela Kilmartin