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What can cause urine to smell besides a UTI

A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sam Brancato
13 years experience Urology
Oder: Maloderous urine does not always imply UTI. It may be related to dehydration, certain foods (asparagus), ketones (if diabetic), etc. If you are not ex ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
A lot going on: I wouldn't think the urinary infection is the most likely culprit but you have other issues. Certainly, when a person has migraines, often with nausea ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Douglas
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
See below: Yes urine will smell odd if an infection or starving usually of ketones.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Getting a CT scan...: ... of abdomen/pelvis would be essential despite being young so to at least rule out kidney stone passing through ureter into bladder, beside UTI. How ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Infection: Urinary infection needs to be excluded. Some foods may alter the odor of urine.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Lewis
43 years experience Urology
See answer: Urine odor is related to volume and concentration of a variety of substances excreted by the kidneys. The darker and more concentrated the urine, the ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Dehydrated or UTI: Foods (asparagus) can do it. If you get dehydrated, your body concentrates your urine to preserve water. This can make it smell strong. Drinking more ... 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Yu
25 years experience Urology
Lots of things: Many things can change the appearance of urine--hydration status, blood, protein, some medications. Odor can indicate infection. If you are concerne ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Urine: Most commonly this is due to precipitation of salts in the toilet bowl as there is a sudden change in the ph and therefore in the pka of the various c ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Yes, possible: Malodorous or foul smelling urine is a symptom of a uti.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
Many causes. : There is a difference between dribbling and incontinence. Post-void dribbling is a common condition where residual urine in the urethra leaks out afte ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience Family Medicine
Bladder infection: Foul-smelling urine can come from a bladder infection or even from certain foods that we eat. Stds do not usually effect the bladder and i wouldn't th ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
Asparagus, garlic...: The most well known food to cause urine to have an odor is asparagus, which leads to excretion of dimethyl sulphide, methyl mercaptan, & asparagusic a ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Swor
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
UTI : Urinary tract infection is common in women and although sexual activity can contribute, it is not a sexually transmitted disease. Most often, bacteria ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Flechner
45 years experience Urology
Many things: There are a number of causes; a partial list includes, stones, neurological diseases, inflammation of adjacent gastrointestinal or gynecological organ ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Uti: Patients with spins vigils may have urinary tract abnormalities, including incomplete emptying of the bladder and vesico urethral reflux, which can le ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
Urobilins, additives: Urobilins are usually responsible for the yellow color to the urine. It is a breakdown product of billirubin, which is formed in the disposal of heme ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Wosnitzer
14 years experience Urology
Possible UTI: Urinary tract infection can lead to cloudy foul smelling urine. See your primary doctor or urologist to have a urinalysis and urine culture to check ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience LASIK Surgery
Water intake: Your urine will be dark in color if you are not properly hydrated. Try increasing your water intake and see what happens.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
NO: Uti , urinary tract infection with e coli and other bacteria cause a foul / slightly ammonia smell . Not a peppermint smell
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Depends: Striong odor in urine can be relatetd to diet. Some foods, vitamins are excreted in the urine and do affect the odor.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Butler
20 years experience Family Medicine
Incontinence: Your issue seems to be more of an incontinemce and unable to hold your urine. There are several medications that can help. See your doctor for exam fi ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Malodorous urine: If dehydrated or not adequately hydrated, the urine will be more concentrated and look darker. Without an infection, a smell would possibly come from ... Read More
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