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Dr. James Krick
Board Certified, Urology
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Can taking an antibiotic cause your urine to smell strong?

Dr. James Krick
Board Certified, Urology
31 years in practice
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Can taking an antibiotic cause your urine to smell strong?

Yes: Antibiotics excreted in the urine frequently give the urine a medicinal odor. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Board Certified, Urogynecology
27 years in practice
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Why does my urine smell like onions and garlic when i didn't eat either one?

Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Board Certified, Urogynecology
27 years in practice
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Why does my urine smell like onions and garlic when i didn't  eat either one?

Vitamins or meds?: Urine is a byproduct of the kidneys filtration of the blood. It is common for urine that is concentrated to have a stronger odor. Increasing water intake helps with this. However, vitamins and certain medications can also give the urine a stronger odor. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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Why does my urine smell like sausage every time I eat it?

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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Spices: Lots of sausage brands have some spices inclusions and those may not be processed by our bodies and penetrate in the urine unprocessed causing your urine to smell like that. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Sudilovsky
Board Certified, Pathology
23 years in practice
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Why does my urine smell like butter?

Dr. Daniel Sudilovsky
Board Certified, Pathology
23 years in practice
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Could be serious: Many things can cause changes in the smell of urine but have not heard of any described exactly like butter. A sweet smell may well be an indicator of diabetes or potentially serious metabolic disorder. If it is consistent or persists you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Board Certified, Pathology
23 years in practice
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Why does my urine smell like onions?

Dr. Joseph Woods
Board Certified, Pathology
23 years in practice
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Can be diet, etc..: This might be due to diet like from eating vegetables like asparagus, or it can be from a medical condition like diabetes which can cause a fruity odor in the breath and urine from ketone production. It may also be nonspecific. ...Read more

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Dr. Alok Agrawal
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
29 years in practice
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Why does my urine smell like cheerios?

Dr. Alok Agrawal
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
29 years in practice
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Urine test: Please get a urine test. Your doctor can evaluate- i hope your blood sugar level is ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Why does my urine smell like the food I have eaten?

Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Amino acids: Certain foods, especially broccoli and asparagus, contain Amino Acids that are processed quickly and appear in the urine...Smelling. You have a very sensitive nose if everything you eat smells in your urine. It is a normal body function...Sometimes a UTI can smell like broccoli when you have had none...Int hat case be seen and checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
35 years in practice
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Why does my urine smell like metal?

Dr. Tarek Naguib
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
35 years in practice
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Why does my urine smell like metal?

Check what you ate: Usually it is due to food intake. For instance, asparagus could change smell of urine among other reasons like onion and garlic. Also, some medicines cause urine smell change like penicillin. Explore more the details of your intake. ...Read more

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Dr. Tony Ho
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Why does my urine smell like burnt rubber?

Dr. Tony Ho
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
9 years in practice
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Food?: Strange smells in urine can be heralds of utis, but only when associated with symptoms. If it is just the smell, it may be something you ate; some people associate the smell of urine after asparagus with burnt rubber. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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Why does my urine smell like whatever I eat?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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Why does my urine smell like whatever I eat?

Normal: It is entirely normal and is the same for every one. ...Read more

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