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What Does It Mean When Your Urine Is White
Pyuria: White blood cells in urine usually are there because of an infection in the urinary tract. However, they can also be there in large numbers in a female when there is a vaginal infection or when she is having her period (always see red cells also in this situation). My best advice is to see your doctor and have a urine culture done to see what is going on. ...Read more
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
It is fresh: It reflects your body core temperature. Nothing to worry. It is absolutely normal. ...Read more
Get it checked: Usually indicates bleeding within the urinary tract due to infection or some other problem; or spilling of hemoglobin (for example, if there is a problem causing red blood cell destruction in the blood stream) or myoglobin (extreme exercise and muscle break-down, for example). Some foods (beets, fava beans, blackberries, rhubarb) and medications can cause as well. ...Read more
Hi what does it mean when your urine is dark & only passing so much ever couple of hours is that due to dyhdration?
Dark urine: If you have no medical issues with your kidney then dark urine maybe a concentrated urine. The kidneys have the capacity to concentrate and dilute urine between 100osm to almost 800-900 osm. That is the tremendous capacity of the kidney, gives us the liberty of drinking at free will. So if you have no ongoing issues like diarrhea or fluid loss, your kidneys are doing their job. ...Read more
Vaginitis: It can be difficult to tell if a 'fishy' smell is coming from urine or the vagina it is usually related to vaginal infections (trichomoniasis, gardnerella, or bacterial vaginosis). If a man has a fishy smell his urine he may have gotten a bacterial infection from a woman he had sex with. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How does blood smell: Not sure how blood smells. You could have your doctor do a urinalysis and see if there is microscopic (blood you can't see) in it. ...Read more
Yellow urine: You are not drinking enough water would be my first guess based on what you told me. ...Read more
What does it mean when your urine is positive for Nitrite and tested moderate for bacteria? Do you have a UTI? Is further testing necessary?
Bacteria reduce NO3: These are lab findings on a urine test- and what needs to happen is for your doctor to interpret the test in the clinical setting. Specifically, I would want to 'match up' any urinary symptoms you have, with the urinary findings. A very important element of the urinalysis is whether you have white cells (WBCs) present or not. A few are allowed, but more than 5 and I would pay attention. ...Read more
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