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what does it mean if I smell ammonia

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

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Faiz Shakir
14 years experience Gastroenterology
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
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
28 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Donato
24 years experience Urology
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
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A 38-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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Vravick
31 years experience Periodontics
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
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
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
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
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
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A 45-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 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
See your doctor: During protein metabolism small quantities of ammonia is formed rapidly converted to urea and excreated in the urine, if pathway is interupted by exce ... Read More
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