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A 29-year-old member asked:

Does urine have a strong odor?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Many Reasons: Urine is a filtered byproduct from our blood and stored in the bladder until release. Urine's odor can change with certain foods like asparagus or coffee but also with infections. If you are experiencing other symptoms like abdominal pain, pain with urination, urinating more frequently, or significant change in urine odor and color, then i would recommend evaluation by healthcare provider.
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 10 years experience
with infection: Can be due to infection, high protein diet, concentrated urine are some of the causes.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What causes my urine to have a strong odor?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
The following: Concentrated urine can have strong smell, happens with low fluid intake. Infected urine from UTI classically has bad smell. Certain foods, especially asparagus give urine very distinct stong odor.
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A 31-year-old female asked:

What can make your urine have a strong odor?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 40 years experience
Some foods and meds: Anything that is excreted in the urinary tract can cause your urine to smell. The classic food that causes a strong smell in the urine is asparagus. Some medications, especially antibiotics (e.g., penicillins) can also cause a strong smell in the urine.
A 41-year-old female asked:

When i drink coffee my urine has a strong odor why is that.

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 45 years experience
See answer: Food, drinks and vitamin supplements can change odor of urine. Eating asparagus and drinking coffee are two of them. Asparagus leaves distinct smell to those people who have a particular gene that allows one to smell it and urine frequently smells like coffee after drinking it. Vitamin b6 is most common vitamin to alter the normal odor of urine. The more concentrated the urine, the easier 2 smell.

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