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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Why does the urine sometimes smell sour?

Why does the urine sometimes smell sour?

Sour like vinegar?: Haven't heard of urine smelling sour like vinegar. Urine can smell stronger (more ammonia / urea odor) if one isn't drinking enough water. It can smell like ketones during fasting or certain medical problems. Some foods give urine odd aromas, such as after eating asparagus. A primary care doctor can evaluate if one keeps having such aroma symptoms, to rule out urine infection, and look for causes. ...Read more

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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 smell sour ?

Why does my urine smell sour ?

Urine smell: If you get a whiff of something particularly pungent, you could have an infection or urinary stones, which can create an ammonia-like odor. Also foods such as asparagus can cause urine to have an unusual odor. See your doctor if you begin to feel ill, have symptoms or run a fever. ...Read more

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Dr. George Klauber
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For the past two days when go to the bathroom i can smell this sour strong smell from my urine. I have no symptoms besides the smell what could it be?

? Urinary infection: Foul smelling urine can be a single isolated symptom of a uti. Foods such as asparagus make urine small for a short time, but not >24hrs. Worth getting your urine checked to rule out a uti. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Why my urine smells sour?

Why my urine smells sour?

Here are some ...: The smell of urine is very personal & unique, reflecting your constitutional features and your oral consumptions, similar to body odor among individuals. So, it's okay and accept it as long as urinalysis from properly collected urine specimen is normal , your kidneys work well, and you're healthy. So, ask Doc timely for individual details. Best wish ... ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Sour odor bacteria in urine, normal?

Sour odor bacteria in urine, normal?

Urine odor: Urine is often odorless. There are some diseases like diabetes that may create odors in the urine and some bacteria that grow in standing urine may produce odors. Urine odor may have a strong ammonia quality as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Louise Andrew
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I'm having really bad lower back pain on my right side and my urine smells sour., could it be something with my kidneys?

I'm having really bad lower back pain on my right side and my urine smells sour., could it be something with my kidneys?

It certainly could b: Sounds like either a kidney or bladder infection. You should see someone and get a urinalysis to find out, today or tomorrow at latest. Drink plenty of fluids, especially cranberry juice (at least 8 glasses per day), and you can take acetaminophen and apply heat for pain. ...Read more

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Dr. James Burns
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Gi issues, lost 8lbs in 3-4 wks, dehydr.Sympts: dark urine w/ surface swirls, tension headaches, dry mouth, sour taste but drinking alot, high ketones?

Gi issues, lost 8lbs in 3-4 wks, dehydr.Sympts: dark urine w/ surface swirls, tension headaches, dry mouth, sour taste but drinking alot, high ketones?

Serum glucose: Have a doctor look at you and at his/her discretion, order lab work. New onset uncontrolled diabetes is a serious possibility along with a number of other acute illnesses. Don't wait much longer. ...Read more

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Dr. James Kufdakis
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My husband's urine has become rather cloudy and strong smelling. He doesn't have any pain when he urinates or anything like that though. What's wrong?

My husband's urine has become rather cloudy and strong smelling. He doesn't have any pain when he urinates or anything like that though. What's wrong?

Depends: This could be something as simple as being dehydrated or he could be taking dietary supplements like vitamins which could also do this. If he is eating a diet high in certain vegetables like asparagus or brussle sprouts, his urine will smell strong but, of course he could still have an infection. He needs a urinalaysis to rule out this possibility. Have him see his doc. ...Read more

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