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what does it mean when your stool smells like ammonia

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Foul smelling stool: Ammonia smelling stool may be seen with constipation as is due purification of protein due to overgrowth of intestinal bacteria .A change to a high fi ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
See below: Ammonia smelling stools can be attributed to bacteria overgrowth or nitrogen being insufficiently digested or improperly metabolized. When food is ins ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Goloff
35 years experience Family Medicine
Curious: This could be due to a fistula between the bowel and bladder allowing urine to pass in to the stools. This is a surgical problem. Rarely liver disease ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes : A deficiency in the enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase (which converts ammonia to glutamate ) will result in accumulation of ammonia in the body and its ... 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Vaginitis: It can be difficult to tell if a 'fishy' smell is coming from urine or the vagina it is usually related to vaginal infections (trichomoniasis, gardne ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Wosnitzer
14 years experience Urology
Not clear: If urine has a consistently odd odor, you should see md and have urinalysis and urine culture to ensure that it is normal. The urine is a mirror of t ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Marxen
35 years experience Periodontics
Increase oral hygien: Try to eat less dairy products and be sure to continue or start regular dental maintenance visits. Dailey oral hygiene, including flossing and brush ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Flechner
45 years experience Urology
Depends on the cause: There are a number of foods or drinks that if excreted into the urine can change the usual color or smell. Of more concern would be an infection in t ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Usually nothing: If it's concentrated, the odors of things you've eaten are likely to be detectable. Some folks can make their urine smell like skunk be eating asparag ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Possible infection: Urinalysis will provide answer regarding possible urinary tract infection.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Depends what you: The smell of urine is due to what you eat. Have you eaten popcorn recently? You can see your physician to see if there are other issues.
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Dehydrated or UTI: If you get dehydrated, your body's response is to concentrate your urine more in to preserve water. This can make it smell strong. Drinking more wate ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Eilerman
19 years experience Endocrinology
Stool smells: Certain infections like rotavirus and c. Diff have very distinct smells which one cold say has a foul-sweet smell. Malabsorption can cause a fatty st ... 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 member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Doctor can evaluate: Haven't heard of a disease that makes urine smell like plastic, but a primary care doctor can evaluate and get all the patient's details. Referral to ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Likely: This is likely a direct result of something you specifically ate that would make a characteristic smell.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
26 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
What else: Foul smelling urine by itself may not mean much but if associated with frequent urination, burning, back pain, or fever. It may suggest a urinary trac ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
Possible infection.: Urine that is foul smelling can come from a bladder infection where bacteria grow in the urine. This is usually accompanied by pelvic pain and burning ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Anthony Del signore
12 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Poop: It can be a sign of food poisoning or if you've eaten potato chips with olestra or if taking dietary supplement which blocks absorption of fat.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Plaque bacteria: Most bad breath comes from bacteria in your mouth. Have you had your teeth cleaned recently? You need to brush your teeth, floss and clean your tong ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
34 years experience Pediatrics
Have urine tested: If urine doesnt smell right. Go to your doctor and have it tested. Urine is normally sterile and doesnt have a particular odor.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
May be nothing: It may be nothing, and just a consequence of excreting a metabolite of something you ate the night before. Concentrated urine sometimes will have pec ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
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Need urinalysis: Can mean infection but there are some other causes. An examination by a doctor and a test of your urine would be a very good way to sort out what is ... Read More

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