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A 36-year-old member asked:

What exactly does it mean when your urine smells like ammonia?

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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 dehydration. However, there are certain bacteria that can create a similar pungent smell. If the odor is associated with urinary symptoms such as urgency, frequency and burning, it would be best to have the urine checked for infection.

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A 28-year-old female asked:

My baby's urine smells like ammonia. Is there a problem?

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Dr. Ira Raff
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No: Urine has ammonia.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when your urine smells strongly of ammonia?

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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 acids). Therefore when eating a high protein diet or having a concentrated urine it can smell like ammonia.
A 42-year-old member asked:

My urine smells stronger, what does that mean?

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Dr. Matthew Wosnitzer
Urology 16 years experience
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 this persists you will need to see your doctor to have a urinalysis and urine culture and examination.
Last updated Nov 3, 2021


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