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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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Why does my urine sometimes smell?

Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Board Certified, Family Medicine
23 years in practice
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Why does my urine sometimes smell?

Dehydration: When you haven't been drinking enough fluids, your urine can become dark yellow and concentrated. That may cause it to have a strong smell. Certain foods can also contribute to this, the most notable of these is asparagus. B vitamin supplements can do it, as well, and these are found in large amounts in green vegetables and meats. People with kidney damage get foamy urine from protein in urine. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Why does the urine sometimes smell sour?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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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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Dr. Reza Shirazi
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Why does my urine smell very strong sometimes?

Dr. Reza Shirazi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
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Why does my urine smell very strong sometimes?

Diet, dehydration: Your diet can significantly affect the smell of your urine. Dehydration can cause your body to retain fluids so you don't get lightheaded and dizzy and is significantly darkens the color of your urine. Drink more fluids and see if this resolves the problem. There is of course other more serious problems they can lead to the above symptoms, see your physician if the problem persists. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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My urine has been having a rotten egg smell to it for the past few days. Sometimes my urine is really dark. sometimes my urine is clear. what do I do?

Dr. Donald Colantino
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My urine has been having a rotten egg smell to it for the past few days. Sometimes my urine is really dark. sometimes my urine is clear. what do I do?

Nonspecific: These symptoms are not definitely diagnostic of a urinary tract infection. To be sure you would have to have a clean catch urine specimen sent for analysis including microscopic exam and culture. In the meantime drink adequate fluids daily and include cranberry juice. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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No deaseases as such..Sometimes the urine contains to foul smell for the last 2 years or so. But my dad who is 56, is not having adequate urine ?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
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No deaseases as such..Sometimes the urine contains to foul smell for the last 2 years or so. But my dad who is 56, is not having adequate urine ?

See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Miller
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Dr. Bassam Amawi
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My husband & I have been trying for about a year now to get pregnant. Ever since then, my urine sometimes has a foul smell but no other problems. ?

Dr. Bassam Amawi
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Foul smell Urine: Could be from the medication u have been taking , to be sure see a urologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
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My urine has a smell, sometimes really dark yellow n strong n others being light yellow but still have a stink. I drink nothing but h2o. What is it?

Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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My urine has a smell, sometimes really dark yellow n strong n others being light yellow but still have a stink. I drink nothing but h2o. What is it?

Other causes..: Urine odors can be caused by dietary things other than what you drink ( we all know aspargus "pee" really stinks), but it could also signal something else such as a urinary tract infection, vaginal infection, or a metabolic disorder. Make sure you are drinking adequate fluids every single day and make appointment to have your urine checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Recently my urine and number 2 s both smell of warm wheat I also sometimes smell this out and about I've got retinitis and on antihistamines ?

Dr. John Chiu
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Recently my urine and number 2 s both smell of warm wheat I also sometimes smell this out and about I've got retinitis and on antihistamines ?

It may be your nose: Your nasal condition may have impacted your smelling function and you should take care of it. On the other hand, the smell of urine and stool is usually not indicative of a disease condition (except in fat malabsorption when the odor can reek). ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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M a virgin.My urine test is neg no infection.I have discharge everyday thin milky white with normal smell i guess.Sometimes clear.Is it normal? Thanks

Dr. Yash Khanna
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M a virgin.My urine test is neg no infection.I have discharge everyday thin milky white with normal smell i guess.Sometimes clear.Is it normal? Thanks

May be normal: Thin milky discharge not associated with itching may be normal.But thick milky discharge associated with itching is usually due to yeast infection. ...Read more

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