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Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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Why does my urine look oily? I have been sweaty today, and haven't drank a lot of water. Why would it be oily? I do drink alcohol on the weekends.

Why does my urine look oily? I have been sweaty today, and haven't drank a lot of water. Why would it be oily? I do drink alcohol on the weekends.

Maybe urinalysis: Not sure what "oily" urine means. Do you see blood, have burning or irritation, or have color change in your urine? Having your urine examined by urinalysis might be helpful. Your habits that you describe don't appear to be an issue, though. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your urine looks oily?

What does it mean if your urine looks oily?

Oily Urine: It is normal to have a certain amount of what appears to be an oily residue in your urine. If the amount appears to be substantial, or if your urine is also milky in color, you should be seen by your doctor for tests - it may indicate an infection or something more serious. Technically the oily substance is called chyle and can come from lymph nodes and suggest a bigger problem. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Does drinking another person's urine (small amount) only once cause oily skin to drinker???

Does drinking another person's urine (small amount) only once cause oily skin to drinker???

Unlikely: Urophagia the consumption of urine is not known to cause oily skin. Go to a Doctor for acne treatment. The risks of drinking urine outweigh the benefits. ...Read more

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Why is my urine oily? Some days it is more oily and on some days less. It does not itch when I urinate.

Why is my urine oily? Some days it is more oily and on some days less. It does not itch when I urinate.

Here are some...: Clinically, you seem free of symptoms despite seeing oily urine. Now it's time to confirm what you saw with urine test. If urinalysis is normal and you're asymptomatic, clinically, you're all right with no need to worry about it. So, work closely with Dr. to clarify your concern and eliminate future unnecessary anxiety. Best wish... ...Read more

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I drink a lot of water about a gallon a day but my urine k dark yellow and almost looks oily. What could it be?

I drink a lot of water about a gallon a day but my urine k dark yellow and almost looks oily. What could it be?

Dark urine: Some of the reasons that can cause the urine to be darker are increased bilirubin in your body, or the presence of blood( hemoglobinuria, myoglobinuria). and this can happen due to liver, kidney or muscle disease. Usually this is not normal if it has been happening for sometime, you should visit your physician for proper analysis ...Read more

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For a couple of weeks or so I've been constantly nauseous, heavily fatigued and my urine has an obvious white, oily film on it. Any answers?

For a couple of weeks or so I've been constantly nauseous, heavily fatigued and my urine has an obvious white, oily film on it. Any answers?

Thyroid disease: With your symptoms would wonder about thyroid disease. With the oil in the urine, gallbladder disease comes to mind. Recommend you see your doctor for an evaluation and some testing. Best of luck. ...Read more

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