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What does it mean when your urine smells like ammonia

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Donato
Urology 26 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
30 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 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ira Raff
Dr. Ira Raffanswered
Urology 58 years experience
No: Urine has ammonia.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Tillett
Urology 23 years experience
Maybe an infection: You should take her to the pediatrician to make sure she doesn't have an urinary tract infection.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Possible UTI: Majority of UTIs are nitrite positive, however UTIs from so called "gram negative" bacteria such as enterococcus, staphylococcus, streptococcus are u... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lane Childs
Urology 35 years experience
Check for infection: Get a urinalysis done by your doctor to guide you and diagnose the problem. Infection seems likely.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnny Roy
Urology 60 years experience
See commnt: Urine normally has ammoniacal odor with all the other symtoms, what is holding you from seeking medical help if you have no insurance , there are cha... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roscoe Nelson
Urology 29 years experience
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.
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
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