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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 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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Why does asparagus makes your urine smell funny?

Why does asparagus makes your urine smell funny?

Methylmercaptan: A product of the digestion of asparagus, it produces the odor. ...Read more

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Why does asparagus make your urine smell strangely?

Why does asparagus make your urine smell strangely?

Breakdown compounds.: The metabolism of certain compounds in asparagus leads to excretion of methanethiol, dimethyl sulphide, methyl mercaptan, & asparagusic acid that causes the characteristic odor. The onset of the odor is rapid, often 15-30 minutes after ingestion. There a appears to a be genetic component in the ability to smell the odor, and a candidate snp was identified in a 2010 genome association study. ...Read more

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What can cause urine to smell fishy?

What can cause urine to smell fishy?

Infection: Urinary infection needs to be excluded. Some foods may alter the odor of urine. ...Read more

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Why does asparagus make urine smell odd, but pineapple, for example, doesn't?

Why does asparagus make urine smell odd, but pineapple, for example, doesn't?

Specific chemicals: Methanethiol is the specific chemical in asparagus that produces the smell. This chemical is not found in pineapple. ...Read more

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What causes urine to smell like onions?

What causes urine to smell like onions?

Urinary odor: Urinary odor can be a caused ingested foods (asparagus, onions, garlic, etc) , infection, metabolic illness (diabetes, inherited disorders). Try eliminating onions from your diet. If the odor disappears, then the cause is likely onions in the diet. ...Read more

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Why does my urine smell of sulphur?

Why does my urine smell of sulphur?

R/O UTI: Bacterial urinary infectionscan cause malodorous urine. You need and exam labs UAC&S and discussion of treatment options ...Read more

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Why does normal urine smells like nutty?

Why does normal urine smells like nutty?

See my remaks: As a Urologist who has had the occasion to smell urine more than a thousand times,I hven't smelled a nutty on..But what is the urine ? It is the byproduct of what we eat and drink. If you eat a lot of garlic ,the urine MAY have a garlic odor.Some people may have a discernible sense of smell,hence can notice /pick-up any variation in color of smell of urine. Nothing to worry about ...Read more

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Why does urine infections occur?

Why does urine infections occur?

Bacteria: Urine is good media to grow bacteria as well as proximity to genitals and anal area leads to entry of bacteria in bladder , that is the reason female get more UTI than men until men gets prostrate problem after 50. After sex void urine and correct vipe of perineum decrease frequency of uti. ...Read more

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Does parsely make urine smell?

Probably.: You can try observing it yourself after eating parsley and share your results with us. Thank you. ...Read more

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Can penicillin cause foul smelling urine?

Can penicillin cause foul smelling urine?

See below: Penicillin is excreted in the urine. It causes a distinct medicinal smell that i would not describe as foul. It smells the same way the penicillin tastes in tablet form or how it smells if you melt a tablet in water. ...Read more

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What does sweet smell of urine indicate?

What does sweet smell of urine indicate?

Diabetes: You need to see your family doctor and be tested for diabetes. ...Read more

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What does it mean when urine smells fishy?

What does it mean when urine smells fishy?

Different reasons: Certain foods (asparagus -too many-) or bacterial infections may produce bad smell in urine. A urinalysis may help clarify this. ...Read more

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Why does your urine smell like metal?

Why does your urine smell like metal?

Depends on what you: Eat or drink.Carbonated soda can cause a metallic smell, blood does too or infection of the kidneys. Would advise having yourself checked and drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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What foods can cause smelly urine?

What foods can cause smelly urine?

Asparagus, garlic...: The most well known food to cause urine to have an odor is asparagus, which leads to excretion of dimethyl sulphide, methyl mercaptan, & asparagusic acid that cause the characteristic odor. Garlic can impart odor to the urine, and alter the results of urinalysis tests. Coffee is another food that can cause on off-smelling urine. Fish, onions, cubebs, juniper, & saffron have been implicated. ...Read more

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Can probiotics cause cloudry urine and bad urine odor ?

Can probiotics cause cloudry urine and bad urine odor ?

That's infection : No, cloudy urine with a foul smell is caused by infection until proven otherwise. See a doctor. ...Read more

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What cause urine to stink?

What cause urine to stink?

Dehydrated or UTI: Foods (asparagus) can do it. If you get dehydrated, your body concentrates your urine to preserve water. This can make it smell strong. Drinking more water will reverse it. A urinary tract infection (UTI) can also change the odor. You may also have burning or pain, frequent urges, fever, or back pain with a uti. If drinking more doesn't help and you have any of these symptoms, get urine checked. ...Read more

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Why does asparagus makes your urine smell funny?

Methylmercaptan: A product of the digestion of asparagus, it produces the odor. ...Read more

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Why does asparagus make your urine smell strangely?

Breakdown compounds.: The metabolism of certain compounds in asparagus leads to excretion of methanethiol, dimethyl sulphide, methyl mercaptan, & asparagusic acid that causes the characteristic odor. The onset of the odor is rapid, often 15-30 minutes after ingestion. There a appears to a be genetic component in the ability to smell the odor, and a candidate snp was identified in a 2010 genome association study. ...Read more

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Why does urine smell after asparagus in some but not all people?

Why does urine smell after asparagus in some but not all people?

Putrescine: Your body breaks down asparagus and a chemical Amino Acid called putrescine gets produced. This Amino Acid accounts for the foul smell. Everyone will produce it. The amount of odor will vary slightly from person to person. ...Read more

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Why does asparagus make urine smell odd, but pineapple, for example, doesn't?

Specific chemicals: Methanethiol is the specific chemical in asparagus that produces the smell. This chemical is not found in pineapple. ...Read more

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Why does my urine smell after eating asparagus?

Why does my urine smell after eating asparagus?

Normal experience : This is a normal experience for about half the people who eat asparagus. It is not clear why the other half do not notice a change in the smell of their urine, For more on this see http://www.dailycal.org/2013/04/17/fun-food-fact-of-the-week-why-asparagus-makes-urine-smell-funny/ ...Read more

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Can your urine smell terrible after eating asparagus?

Can your urine smell terrible after eating asparagus?

Methane thiol: Benjamin franklin was the first to note that about half of people metabolize asparagus to a compound that has a distinctive odor. Methanethiol / methyl mercaptan, the actual compound, is similar to the smell added to gas so people can detect it. I don't know whether it's "terrible" -- we pathologists have smelled worse things. ...Read more

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I've blood in my urine that causes strong urine odor ?

I've blood in my urine that causes strong urine odor ?

Blood in urnine: You need to see your doc ASAP. He/she will let you know what is happening and help you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes urine odor in older peoples clothing?

What causes urine odor in older peoples clothing?

Varies: Sometimes incontinence. Possibly not bathing as often or changing clothes as often for some. ...Read more

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Can probiotics cause cloudry urine and bad urine odor ?

That's infection : No, cloudy urine with a foul smell is caused by infection until proven otherwise. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Can GI cancers cause strong urine odor?

Can GI cancers cause strong urine odor?

Not likely: That would be a new one i've never heard before. Things that commonly cause urine to smell include certain foods (asparagus and garlic) as well as infection. Also a fistula between the bladder and colon could cause this. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can replens cause a strong vaginal odor and strong urine smell?

Can replens cause a strong vaginal odor and strong urine smell?

Possible but...: Any chemical may carry its unique odor after mixing with natural vaginal fluid which even varies among individuals; it's of no exception for replens. So, to verify your concern, it's no harm to smell the area with using it or with using simple KY jelly or without using it so you can smell the difference and draw a conclusion. Best wishes... ...Read more

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What causes your urine smell in morning?

What causes your urine smell in morning?

Concentration: Morning urine tends to be very concentrated due to lack of fluid consumption for the preceding 8-12 hours. Anything dissolved in the urine will be more pungent when the urine is concentrated. ...Read more

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Can living in an environment of a strong cat urine smell environment cause health problems?

Can living in an environment of a strong cat urine smell environment cause health problems?

Unlikely : Hopefully cat is litter trained. Urine smell can be minimized by using a differenk kind of litter, ie scented clumping litter & remove clumps caused by urine on a daily basis. An other suggestion is place litter box on a porch, in another room or a closed closet floor & instill a cat door. ...Read more

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I've had an UTI before only caused back problems&foul urine smell My Dr gave me meds twice I took them great results but the urine smell still return?

I've had an UTI before only caused back problems&foul urine smell My Dr gave me meds twice I took them great results but the urine smell still return?

Oder: Maloderous urine does not always imply UTI. It may be related to dehydration, certain foods (asparagus), ketones (if diabetic), etc. If you are not experiencing the typical back pain, burning, frequency, or blood, then it is reasonable to observe for now. Drink plenty of fluids to flush the bladder. You should also undergo an urologic evaluation if >3 UTIs in 1 year. ...Read more