Did you just collect an orange substance on the tissue paper from wiping yourself after urinating?

The orange appears to be sticky or pasty; it’s not a stain. You can actually collect it with a fingertip. What IS this? Did it come from your urine?

If you’ve discovered an orange pasty-looking substance on the toilet paper you just wiped yourself with – and all you did was void urine – then there’s a good possibility that this substance is extraneous in origin.

In other words, it did not come from your bladder or urine, and it did not come from your vagina or anus.

Rather, it may have already been on your finger or palm somewhere when you wiped, and at some point it got transferred onto the tissue paper.

What is this substance?

A different shot of it.

This happened to me. One day when I wiped after voiding urine, I saw this tiny orange substance on the tissue paper. I could see that it was solid but pasty in caliber.

I wondered, “What on earth is THIS?”

I studied it again and realized that it looked like residual carrot matter from slicing up carrots.

Prior to voiding, I had been handling carrots. This same substance was on the cutting board.

A bit of it remained on my hand or finger after being done in the kitchen. As I wiped myself, this residual particle of carrot transferred onto the toilet paper.

Next time you see a soft solid substance on the tissue paper that’s orange, red or purplish in color, ask yourself if you had very recently handled any of the following: carrots, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries or beets.

To avoid this conundrum, make sure your hands are thoroughly washed before voiding.

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  

 

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