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Dr. Dan Fisher
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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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Inconsistent foul smelling urine, smells like sulfur. when I empty bladder I sometimes get a painful or itchy feeling after peeing?

Inconsistent foul smelling urine, smells like sulfur. when I empty bladder I sometimes get a painful or itchy feeling after peeing?

Here are some...: Your described scenario needs a timely check to assure no UTI with detailed history and urinalysis from proper urine collection. If all turn out okay, what you smell in urine may be normal to reflect what you consume and your personal unique constitutional features and urine concentration. More? Follow instruction in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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Urine smells nutty or like sulfur. why is that?

Urine smells nutty or like sulfur. why is that?

Here are some ...: Urine smell reflects what you consumed, how concentrated the urine is, and how your unique sense of smell is. In general, it's good idea to ignore urine odor as long as urinalysis from properly collected urine specimen is normal and you void well with steady continuous flow and feeling bladder empty. More? Seek evaluation and counseling timely. ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Fisher
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My urine smells like sulphur and I have to urinate about every 5 minutes with only a small amount of urine coming out, what is wrong?

My urine smells like sulphur and I have to urinate about every 5 minutes with only a small amount of urine coming out, what is wrong?

UTI: Sounds like you may have an early urinary tract infection although there are other causes as well. Usually there is some pain associated with infection, but that may come later. You can force fluids and consider cranberry juice, but that may not be adequate to prevent further symptoms. If you are not getting better you should see your doc or an urgent care center. ...Read more

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Urine smells like bacon, why?

Urine smells like bacon, why?

Some foods: Contain substances like sulfur or ammonia like compounds that produce a noticeable odor when they are eliminated in the urine other body fluids eg sweat or semen can be affected as well.Food like asparagus gives a distinctive urine smell..Alcohol and cigarette smoke, will change the odor of your urine to a noticeable degree. ...Read more

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Urine smells like the food i ate, why?

Not uncommon: Depending on the food you ate, it's not uncommon that urine odor would reflect this. Your body has to process food into breakdown products so you can let go of the waste through urine and feces. If you've ever eaten asparagus, you would know urine can smell like asparagus. Make sure you drink plenty of fresh water and this aroma should dissipate. ...Read more

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Urine smells like a sewer & is cloudy. I have little pain trying to urine. What could this be symptomatic of?? Please help.

Urine smells like a sewer & is cloudy. I have little pain trying to urine. What could this be symptomatic of?? Please help.

UTI: These symptoms are classic for a bladder infection or UTI. See a health care provider for evaluation. They will likely order an analysis of the urine (UA) to look for infection and other causes. Bladder infections are generally treated with an antibiotic. Another medication can be given to ease discomfort while the antibiotic works. ...Read more

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'my urine smells like the food i eat?

Fairly normal: This is not unusual, especially for some foods like asparagus. Increase your water intake, and urine will be less concentrated and smelly. You may still be able to smell certain foods after you've eaten them, though. ...Read more

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Most of the times my urine smells like the food that I just ate, is that normal?

Most of the times my urine smells like the food that I just ate, is that normal?

Yes: Many foods have compounds that get filtered in the kidneys. Consequently, some of this may end up in the urine causing it to smell like the food. That is usually of no worry. Asparagus is one example. ...Read more

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Smelly Urine (Definition)

Smelly urine may be associated with urinary tract infections, certain foods or medications, ...Read more


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