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what does it mean when your urine smells bad

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Willett
17 years experience Pediatrics
Stinky pee=need2see: We all know poop can be stinky, but the pee should not be. The main concern is urinary tract infection (uti), which can lead to severe kidney infectio ... Read More
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
32 years experience Pediatrics
Possible infection: If your baby has a very strong odor to the urine, contact your pediatrician. This could be a sign of a urinary tract problem and might be serious. Wa ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roscoe Nelson
28 years experience Urology
How does blood smell: Not sure how blood smells. You could have your doctor do a urinalysis and see if there is microscopic (blood you can't see) in it.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
29 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Donato
25 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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
28 years experience Psychiatry
Different reasons: Certain foods (asparagus -too many-) or bacterial infections may produce bad smell in urine. A urinalysis may help clarify this.
A 18-year-old female asked:
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Dr. Alvin Lin answered
30 years experience Geriatrics
Nothing wrong!: Urine that smells isn't as worrisome as bloody or painful urine, both of which suggest possible infection in young women. Smelly urine, in isolation, ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Wosnitzer
15 years experience Urology
Many possibilities: Urine smelling stronger could be the product of food or drink (asparagus for example lead to increased urine odor), hydration, or urine infection. If ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Roberts
23 years experience Pediatrics
Could be a UTI: Sounds like you need to get seen to have urine analysis and urine culture tests done to evaluate you for a possible urinary tract infection. It is bes ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Lin
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Here are some...: Urine odor and sense of smell widely vary among persons so personal perception of smell may greatly differ. So, if what you reported is normal or havi ... Read More

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