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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
Smell of urine: It might be ammonia or ketones making it smell. See your doctor and get checked.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Likely dehydration.: A urine that smells like ammonia is likely due to dehydration since it is concentrated. A salty taste in the mouth is likely due to the same thing as ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Possible UTI: Majority of UTIs are nitrite positive, however UTIs from so called "gram negative" bacteria such as enterococcus, staphylococcus, streptococcus are u ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
No, see Dr: Sounds like two issues present--blood in stool (=not normal) and urinary tract infection (=not normal). See your dr / urgent care / er for evaluation ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
Unlikely. : Urine is produced in the kidneys, travels down to the bladder in one direction, then out the urethra. Certain foods or medications that are ingested c ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
27 years experience Family Medicine
That's infection : No, cloudy urine with a foul smell is caused by infection until proven otherwise. See a doctor.
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A member asked:
Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark
23 years experience Family Medicine
Infection: Discharge or urine should never smell bad and generally indicates an infection. You need to get tested for vaginal infection, sexually transmitted inf ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Urea is related: Urea is related to ammonia. Urea is the byproduct of our protein metabolism, and is disposed of in our urine. If urine is concentrated (due to not dri ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
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Get it tested: You need to check the urine by testing it at your doctor to assess if you have blood in it (not coloration of urine due to eating something like beet ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
It sure can: The symptoms of urinary tract infection include frequency (going a lot), urgency (needing to go right now, and sometimes leaking) and burning. Sometim ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Krick
35 years experience Urology
Concentration: Morning urine tends to be very concentrated due to lack of fluid consumption for the preceding 8-12 hours. Anything dissolved in the urine will be mo ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience Psychiatry
Fat breakdown: A common cause of ketone production (ketosis) is fatty acid breakdown. When the body utilizes fats for energy, ketones result and some enter into the ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
See a doctor: This is grossly abnormal and needs rapid and thorough evaluation. Blood from urine and stool are very severe (presuming it is not coming from your me ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience Psychiatry
Nitrates or nitrites: Nitrates can be normal in urine and often the result of protein metabolism. Nitrites can indicate infection. Without more information, in terms of oth ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Probably: Unrelated. Have your urine checked for infection, which is common cause of abnormal urine.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Hinson
26 years experience Family Medicine
Diet?: Any change makes us think first and foremost about infection. Get checked if you have fever or pain. But it is very common to have changes in the odor ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience Psychiatry
Bacteria: The first possibility is that it is a "dirty sample" meaning that bacterial contamination took place and it was not a clean catch urine. In the event ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Not per se: Aluminum itself does not give off odor, but can combine with the odor of body fluids.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Yes, it can.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
18 years experience Urgent Care
Bv : Studies show odoriferous discharge is often caused by bacterial vaginitis or "bv". A simple urine screen for STIs can detect this but OB/GYNs like wom ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Yes: But minute, insignificant amounts. With severe kidney failure [uremia] the amount is greater.
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Sarle
21 years experience Urology
Possible uti: Need urine testing.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Blood in urine is acute urinary tract infection, tuberculosis or malignancy until proven otherwise. There are other less frequent causes, but Azithro ... Read More

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