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What does it mean if I smell ammonia

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Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine 55 years experience
Many reasons: but infections and drugs or supplements are high on the list

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Faiz Shakir
Gastroenterology 15 years experience
See answer: high protein intake can be one cause. Also, recent antibiotic use causing a change in the bacterial environment in your bowels responsible for breakin... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
High protein intake: The kidney excretes acid by producing ammonia which traps the acid in urine. Most people eat 1mosm/kg per day of acid in the form of protein ( amino ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Donato
Urology 25 years experience
Infection Possibly: Strong urine odors can arise from foods, medications, alterations in your metabolism or infection. An ammoniac smell to the urine can occur with dehy... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possible infection: The symptoms suggest an infection. You will need to see a health care provider for evaluation.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Vravick
Periodontics 32 years experience
Gum disease: Bacteria that cause gum disease give off certain odor or smells. I would get an evaluation from a periodontist to check you for gum disease. The longe... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Possible UTI: Given you gender and age, this could represent a urinary tract infection (UTI), which is usually associated with urinary frequency and burning. In ad... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Phantosmia: There are sinus issues that can cause smelling something that is not there, as well as brain tumors and seizures can sometimes do this. Smelling somet... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Blood breakdown: The ammonia smell is characteristic of rapid bleeding and release of amines which is a breakdown product. After the bleeding is finished make sure tha... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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Get seen : You may have a rectal abscess fistula or fissure fermenting bacteria or anaerobic microbes get a rectal exam and culture.

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